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Simply the Best: Choosing the Best Water Bottle Refill Station for Your Business

Water bottle refill stations are fast becoming the must-have item for all eco-conscious businesses. They’re a great way to provide an additional service to your customers – and staff – while quietly showcasing the fact that your business is environmentally-aware. But, with so many makes and models now available, how do you know which is the best one for you?

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Top of the Class – The Most Popular Bottle Filler for Schools

Monday, 12 November 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Top of the Class – The Most Popular Bottle Filler for Schools

We work with a lot of schools at MIW Water Cooler Expert. Over the years, we’ve installed thousands of drinking water solutions. And if there’s one thing that we’ve learnt, it’s that schools, colleges and universities have very specific needs. And while there’s still room for the traditional stop and slurp drinking fountains, they don’t cater for every demographic. Teenage girls, for example, aren’t overly keen on having to wipe their chins are every drink! And yet, while bottle fillers are growing in popularity, not everyone carries a bottle on them, or wants to add to the weight of the textbooks and tech dragging at their shoulders with a sloshing drinks bottle in their bag.

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Liquidating Liverpool Street Station… With Two Water Refill Stations

Monday, 5 November 2018 07:00:00 Europe/London

Liquidating Liverpool Street Station… With Two Water Refill Stations

All this year, the MIW team has been working with the London Mayor’s Office and the #OneLess campaign to facilitate the London Refill Project (LRP). The aim is the installation of 50 water bottle refill stations in high footfall areas around the capital, in a drive to reduce the purchase of single-use plastic drinks bottles. MIW’s role is the donation and installation of the refill units. So far, it’s been a really exciting project to be involved with.

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The London Drinking Fountain Fund Flows into Acton

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 09:36:50 Europe/London

The London Drinking Fountain Fund Flows into Acton

2018 has been a fantastic year for MIW Water Cooler Experts. But I have to say, the thing that’s given me the most satisfaction of all, has been our involvement in the #OneLess campaign, and subsequently the London Drinking Fountain Fund. The aim of the fund, which was jointly spearheaded by MIW, OneLess and the London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is to reduce single-use plastic waste in the city, through the provision of free-to-use drinking fountains and bottle fillers. It practically had our name written all over it!

As soon as the project was mooted, we immediately donated 20 Bottle refill stations for installation around the capital. The next task was to find the most useful homes for them. The first went to Carnaby Street, its enormous footfall making it an obvious location. Others followed in Liverpool Street Station and Lewisham at Ladywell Fields. But now, excitingly, the project has moved beyond the heart of the city, and into the busy commuter belt. Last month, Acton welcomed two shiny new drinking fountains with bottle filling facilities, courtesy of MIW, #OneLess, the Mayor of London and the London Drinking Fountain Fund.

Being away from the acknowledged tourist trail, the West London district of Acton possibly isn’t the obvious choice for involvement in the project, but we’re really excited about the two new installations. The first bottle filler was installed at North Acton Tube Station. Acton is home to a huge number of city workers – more than 15,000 people in total. And it’s estimated that 80% of all commercial trips and 41% of all residential trips from the area involve the use of the tube[1]. That’s a lot of potentially thirsty travellers. With British adults using an average of 150 plastic drinks bottles per year, there’s a lot of scope for Acton to make a real difference. And that’s the primary aim of the project: to install the drinking facilities where they could reach the most people and have the greatest impact. That impact being the reduction of waste single-use plastic.

Acton Council Leader Julian Bell and Rachel Shairp Marine Project Officer, #OneLess

The second drinking fountain went into Acton’s skatepark. Recently redeveloped, it’s a mighty draw to the local kids and teenagers. And skating/skateboarding/BMXing is thirsty work. It’s denigrating to say that kids abandon a lot of litter; you see just as many middle-aged folk casually casting off their unwanted packets and bottles in the street. But, if you’re inviting anyone to exercise anywhere, it’s only right that you provide them with drinking facilities too. Water is healthier than fizzy drinks, and a drinking fountain certainly produces less litter than shop-bought cans and bottles. The unit installed is vandal-proof – just in case the odd idiot feels the need to try – and it’s been designed to cope with all weathers, so it provides the perfect low-risk, low-cost solution. And you know what? It makes me really happy that MIW can play a part in community projects like this.

The work of the London Drinking Fountain Fund – and MIW’s involvement in it – will roll on well into 2019. And every time a new location is selected, it makes me really excited. Because this is a chance for us at MIW to make a real difference and help cut the tide of waste plastic, for everyone’s benefit. Now, it’s your job to use them instead of buying wasteful bottled water.



[1] https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/northacton-report_final_-_jan_16_new_cover.pdf


Comments | Posted in Bottle Filler MIW News By Mike Winter

Because There is no Planet B

Thursday, 4 October 2018 12:00:00 Europe/London

Because There is no Planet B

I’ve just discovered a new brand and I’m very excited about it. Why? Because not only do they make clothing and shoes from recycled materials, but they have recently released a line of shoes specifically crafted from plastic retrieved from the ocean. How good is that?

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A Bude-iful Crowd-Funding Idea

Wednesday, 3 October 2018 12:00:00 Europe/London

A Bude-iful Crowd-Funding Idea

ReFILL Bude empower collective change with a campaign to bring a water bottle refill station to the town.

In this blog, I often talk about the ways in which business can help to facilitate change. How the likes of Adidas, Network Rail and ZSL London Zoo are leading the way in the fight against plastic, through the provision of free-to-use drinking fountains and sports bottle refill stations for their customers. What it’s easy to forget, though, is that there’s a whole lot to be said for people power. And Bude is currently setting a terrific example of that.

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Your Water, Your Life – Scottish Water Taps into Water Refill Boom

Friday, 28 September 2018 10:31:01 Europe/London

Your Water, Your Life – Scottish Water Taps into Water Refill Boom

It’s not all that often that you get to witness a sea change in public opinion actually happening. It’s even rarer that you can see both Government and business working to both accommodate and facilitate that change. But that’s what we’re now seeing with the fight to reduce single-use plastic. This summer, Scottish Water is launching a campaign to make sure that it plays its part too.  

Water utility companies across the UK are looking to get on board with the plastic revolution, finding ways to reduce waste Scottish Water install new MIW/Elkay refill stationsplastic by encouraging people to refill from the tap. It’s an easy enough message to promote in the home, but reaching the public when they’re out and about can be a different matter. This is why many water providers, including Scottish Water, are now introducing free-to-use public outdoor bottle refill stations. And MIW has been helping them along the way.

We’ve already successfully partnered with Yorkshire Water on the Cool Fuel project, which saw water coolers installed into schools across the county. We were part of Anglian Water’s Captain Splosh campaign, providing mains-fed water coolers to primary schools in Lincolnshire – because a well-hydrated child is far better able to concentrate in class.

It’s through projects like these that MIW Water Cooler Experts became known as the UK’s leading authority on both indoor and outdoor drinking fountains and sports bottle refill stations. We have a commitment to supplying WRAS-approved units, ensuring that all of our equipment is compliant with UK regulations, so that our customers don’t get any nasty surprises in the future. This commitment has led to our involvement in a huge number of high-profile installations, including our work with the London Refill Project, which will run between 2018 and 2022. It’s also seen us take an active role in the #OneLess campaign. And now, we’re really excited to be working with Scottish Water.

The Your Water Your Life project has been meticulously planned during the course of the last six months, but is now finally ready to step off the drawing board. Understanding the public’s drive to reduce plastic waste, Scottish Water is working with MIW to install specially designed water stations at selected locations throughout the country. Each unit will be easy to use, hygienic, weather-proof and vandal-proof, making them an investment that will last for years to come. Locations have been chosen based on their footfall and popularity, so there will be a special focus in Edinburgh, outside of the Parliament building, and in key areas of Glasgow.

Douglas Millican, the Chief Exec of Scottish Water, described the project as a drive ‘to persuade people to top up from the tap.’ And when free, fresh Scottish water tastes so good, why would you bother paying for a plastic bottle? It saves money, saves the environment, tastes great and is a whole lot healthier than fizzy drinks.

The first of Scottish Water’s free-to-use Elkay / Halsey Taylor outdoor, vandal resistant water refill stations will be installed outside the Scottish Parliament building within the next month. Given the turn out at the series of trial events, we’re pretty confident that this project is going to be a huge success. So, whether you’re a Scottish native, or a visitor north of the border, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the distinctive Your Water Your Life refill stations, and help to do your bit to protect the environment – and your pocket.  

 

Can We Beat the EU at Its Own Game?

Monday, 6 August 2018 11:23:00 Europe/London

Can We Beat the EU at Its Own Game?

Bottle filling stations could lead the way in the EU’s plastic reduction challenge.

Whether you were for or against in the original vote, there’s little denying that so far, the Brexit negotiations have been far from edifying. The tit-for-tat tactics have often seemed like a petulant children’s game, with little gain to show for it on either side. We have now, finally seen something positive emerge though – a challenge to cut back on plastic. 

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Success Across the UK’s Rail Networks

Monday, 30 July 2018 09:49:00 Europe/London

Success Across the UK’s Rail Networks

We’ve been working with The London Mayor’s office and the #OneLess bottle campaign to help reduce the amount of plastic waste in London (as well as further afield), through the provision of free-to-use drinking fountains. And it’s this that has led to the above headline.

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