THE next time you finish your drink from the water cooler make sure you put the blue cup into the recycling bin so they can have a new lease of life.
These cups are made from low-density polyethylene and once you've finished with them they can be made into such things as street furniture like benches, picnic tables and bollards. If you take an average of six cups a day per member of staff, that’s around 117 cups a month which is 1,398 a year; that's a lot of cups you can save from going into a landfill site. And then there are the water cooler containers which are made of polycarbonate, and can be reused up to 35 times before being recycled. Carbon emissions in the bottling and delivery of the bulk, 19-litre water bottles are minimal compared with other foods and drinks. Because bottled water containers are reused and recycled this makes them even more environmentally sound than other packaging which, at best, can only be recycled not reused without processing. In a comparison test undertaken by a water cooler industry expert, a retailer own brand of skimmed milk with a carbon emission of 210g per litre was compared with delivered bottled cooler water at only 101g per litre, so showing that cooler water is more than twice as eco-friendly as milk. With other products that are consumed the carbon footprint is often down to the consumer and, therefore, relatively uncontrollable. With coolers and cooler water the control rests with the manufacturer and suppliers and in this way its carbon emissions are more readily controlled and improved. Water is one of the world's most precious resources and we're proud of our record in respecting it and using it wisely to bring healthy hydration to our customers.