However there are – within some of our range – some of the most boring products available in the world of retail. Essential, but dull ….. can’t live without them but add nothing to anyones life. The ‘water cooler bottle’ product certainly fits within this later category. We have no idea how we managed to write so much about them. We recommend a stiff drink before you read on.
The humble water cooler bottle was manufactured until the late 1980’s as a glass 19 litre (five gallon) and these were supplied to water cooler customers – who were predominantely based in the USA. Each bottle was delivered in a plastic crate to minimise the fragility of the glass, and made the logistics of running a water cooler business of any size very complicated.
Glass water bottles – as their plastic counterparts are today – were delivered to customers filled with drinking water (spring, mineral or purified) and then collected when they had been used. They would then be taken back to the bottling plant where they were washed by machine and refilled with water.
In the mid 1980’s, as the water cooler business took to the mass-market in the UK, bottled water cooler suppliers and distributors here and in the US looked to develop a plastic version of the bottle. And around 1987 the first plastic bottles started to enter the rapidly developing water cooler business.
Commonly the first water cooler bottles were similar to the design you see in the bottom right image, but were not built with a handle which made carrying bottles awkward. Manufacturers like Grief started mass producing bottles with in built handles in the mid 2000’s.
Water cooler bottles are made of a robust, polycarbonate plastic and built to last for years. As with their glass counterparts they are filled, delivered, collected, cleaned and refilled. Many of our water cooler bottles that we deliver to our customers have been used over 500 times.
Water cooler bottles in the UK are commonly available in two sizes – 19 litre (5 US gallon) and 12 litre (3 US gallon) – and we can sell these directly to customers who use for an amazing variety of uses. Please contact us on 0845 006 3309 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on water cooler bottles or if you wish to purchase directly from a person on the phone.
Charities or schools are also welcome to contact us if they need water cooler bottles for events and activities. At certain times each year we give away used bottles to charitable causes.