Here at Hydrate Direct HQ, we are pleased to see plans announced by the water industry today, to fight the problem of single-use plastic.
Plastic waste is a problem. Just look at any documentary on the world’s oceans and amongst the sights of incredible sea life, is, tragically, the reality of plastic polluting our waters.
The initiative, which will run nationally, will see food outlets and shops offering free refills for water bottles. In just three years the scheme could be in place across every major town and city in the UK.
At Hydrate Direct, we are always looking at what we can do to help reduce single-use plastic. Our bottles are 15 litre, and designed for use on water cooler dispensers, and are not typical of the quick ‘use and dispose’ small plastic bottles sold in supermarkets. And our bottles are BPA-free and fully recyclable. Our customers flatten their bottles after use and add to their normal recycling bins.
The reality, however, is our bottles are still made of plastic. Over the past 12 months, we have been looking at different solutions for providing non-plastic alternatives to our customers. These include natural biodegradable packaging, ‘bag in a box’, and pouches. These alternatives aren’t quite there just yet, however, we continue our research and to work with our partners in the water industry to find a sustainable, long-term alternative to plastic bottles.