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FMs and Specifiers Urged to Cut Single-Use
Plastic Waste with New Initiative
W
orkplaces free of single-use
plastic bottle water systems
is the aim of Zip Water UK.
This leading commercial drinking
water provider has launched Reuse
Refill
Refresh
following
the
publication of a report by the Ellen
MacArthur Foundation, predicting
there could be more plastic than fish
in the ocean by 2050. Reuse Refill
Refresh aims to educate facilities
managers and specifiers about the
urgent need to reduce single-use
plastic bottle waste, and how to do
so.
The UK government is working towards
eliminating avoidable plastic waste by
the end of 2042 as part of its 25-year
environment plan launched in January
of this year, but Zip says change has to
start now to achieve this. Some large
companies have recognised this need
for change and already put such
strategies in place, with the BBC
committing to remove single-use plastic
from its operations by 2020.
Helping businesses to reduce their
single-use plastic water bottle waste has
become a key objective for Zip and this
latest campaign has been designed to
ensure employees stay hydrated without
any impact on the environment.
“To meet government targets and save
our oceans, other businesses need to
take action against plastic waste today,”
comments Zip’s marketing director
Russell Owens. “It’s easy - all FMs and
specifiers have to do is take our RRR
pledge to ban plastic bottled water in the
workplace. And there’s an additional
bonus, businesses taking the pledge will
also be entered into a prize draw to win
a chilled-only HydroTap worth £2,300.”
Through the campaign, Zip wants to
highlight to those specifying and
maintaining drinking water systems that
a large contributor to the plastic scourge
is the unnecessary single-use plastic
bottle; 38.5m are used every day in the
UK alone and little more than half of
these are recycled. Those remaining are
burned, sent to landfill, or leak into the
environment and oceans where they
choke marine life and contaminate the
food and water we eat and drink.
As many offices stock meeting rooms
with large supplies of plastic bottled
water and hydrate employees with water
coolers, they are a big part of the
problem – and therefore can be part of
the solution.
“Never has there been more publicity
around the damaging effect plastic bottle
waste has on the environment”, says
Russell. “Thanks to programmes such
as Blue Planet, it’s fair to say we’ve all
had our eyes opened to the sheer
volume of plastic waste that is piling up
at a concerning rate.”
As experts in sustainable commercial
drinking water solutions, Zip advises the
best way to reduce reliance on plastic
bottles is to provide highly filtered water
in the office. Russell continues: “With
bottled water often favoured over tap for
its taste, offering clean filtered water to
employees is essential.
“Zip products have the benefit of being
mains-fed, but without the tap-water
taste. Thanks to its MicroPurity filtration
technology, consumers can enjoy puretasting water in an instant without a
plastic bottle in sight. And, with the
filtration removing microplastics and
contaminants, users can enjoy the
healthiest water possible.”
Companies can take the RRR pledge to
ban plastic water bottles and be entered
into the HydroTap prize draw by visiting
zipcommercial.co.uk/rrr.
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