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There’s a theory that if you really want to make lasting change, you have to begin with the next generation of decision-makers. And if you want to do that, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) seems like a pretty good place to start. That’s why the LSE was one of the first locations chosen to benefit from one of the 20 free-to-use public drinking fountains and bottle fillers MIW donated to the #OneLess London Drinking Fountain Fund

The #OneLess London Drinking Fountain Fund Group of people smiling at the new London School of Economics drinking fountain.

The aim of both the #OneLess project and the London Drinking Fountain Fund is to reduce the volume of single-use plastic bottles purchased and discarded in the city. The typical Londoner gets through 175 bottles of water per year. That works out to be over a billion bottles of water used throughout the capital annually. While some will go to recycling plants, more than a third will either end up in landfill, or worse, littering our streets and waterways. With around 8 million tonnes of waste plastic entering our oceans every year, it’s becoming a terrifying problem. Marine mammals and birds are becoming trapped in it. And as the plastic gets broken down into smaller and smaller particles, fish are eating it. This brings the plastic into the food chain, killing the smaller organisms that feed the bigger ones. It doesn’t take a genius to spot a potential ecological disaster ahead.

The obvious solution is to try to reduce the amount of plastic waste that we produce as a species. Bringing the whole world into line is a monumental task. But if we all try to do our bit, using #OneLess bottle each, then we CAN make a difference. That’s the motive behind the London Drinking Fountain Fund. It’s a joint project between the #OneLess Campaign – of which MIW is a part – and the London Mayor’s Office. To start the ball rolling, MIW donated and installed the first 20 drinking fountains/bottle fillers. The fourth of which went into LSE.

Green #OneLess drinking fountain mounted to the wall.The LSE Bottle Filler

Of course, the LSE wasn’t really selected for involvement in the campaign for the future influence of its students. Although it could help! The organisation already has a pretty impressive sustainability policy. So, that, combined with its footfall, made it a really good fit for the campaign.

The campus hosts between 8,000 and 9,000 students annually. And students are some of the biggest consumers of bottled water. If each one cut back on just one bottle of water a week, thanks to the new drinking fountain, that could be a reduction of almost half a million plastic bottles on campus per year. What an achievement that would be.

The MIW #OneLess bottle filler – a Halsey Taylor 4405BF - Endura II Tubular Outdoor Bottle Filling Station – was installed next to the Students’ Union building in February 2019. It has already proven a big hit with students and staff alike. Now they just need to keep using it.

Changing the attitudes and habits of a society is no easy task. You can’t do it en masse. And you can’t force people to change. But if you explain a situation and provide an opportunity, then change will happen organically. With the #OneLess bottle campaign and the London Drinking Fountain Fund, we’re just helping to give change a gentle push.

Comments | Posted in Bottle Filler Elkay Drinking Fountain MIW News By Kotryna Kairyte

Bucking the Trend: MIW Makes More Inroads into Europe

Friday, 9 August 2019 10:48:49 Europe/London

With the unremitting talk of ‘Brexit’, one can hardly be unaware of the fact that the UK will imminently be leaving the EU. But, never ones to just follow the crowd, at MIW we’re bucking the trend and getting closer to our continental cousins. With new partners to supply Elkay drinking water equipment as far away as Lithuania – and as close to home as Republic of Ireland – we are proud to be flying the flag for British service, as well as for our global partner, Elkay. A man refilling his water bottle at the new bottle refill station in Vilnius

MIW and Elkay

MIW Water Cooler Experts and Elkay have been working together for more than 15 years. It’s a relationship that we are proud of for many reasons. Of course, it’s amazing to be singled out as a master distributor for any supplier. But Elkay deliver so much more than good quality bottle fillers and drinking fountains. Like us, they’re all about the detail.

Elkay products are not just user-friendly, but wheelchair accessible and ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) approved. They’ve been designed for complete durability, meaning that customers aren’t faced with endless upgrade costs and repair bills. They take into account the realities of life – vandals, weather, wear and tear. And, importantly for us and the UK market in particular, after significant investment, all Elkay units are now WRAS approved. This means that they automatically comply with all Government and water authority guidelines. Not to mention guaranteeing user safety. And this is a must for MIW. All of this makes Elkay a great brand for MIW to be associated with. Both at home and across Europe. 

A mother with two cute children topping up her water bottle at the new drinking fountain.

MIW and Europe

MIW has been working in Europe for some time now. We have regular customers in both Italy and Spain. And during the course of the last few years we’ve worked hard to forge relationships with reliable partners in other destinations. As the European Master Distributor of Elkay drinking fountains, we’ve become the go-to supplier for our counterparts in Poland, Germany, Holland, Lithuania and Republic of Ireland. And we have plans to extend our reach even further.

MW’s latest European project has been in Vilnius, Lithuania, where we have been working with our partners, UAB Industek. Called upon to install five public drinking fountains for Vilniaus Vandenys (Vilnius Waters), UAB asked MIW to supply Elkay drinking fountains to be sited across the popular tourist destination. With the local council and water authority using the fountains to spearhead a project to reduce waste plastic in the area, it was important to get the choice of units right. Of course, at MIW, we were very happy to oblige. This is the sort of venture that makes us proud to be a part of. And we’re as delighted to be able to help facilitate it in Lithuania as we would be were it just down the road in County Durham!

It’s a strange time in the UK. Most of the country seems to be focusing inwards. At MIW, we think that there’s never been a better time to look outwards. And to show the EU – and everyone else – that the UK is very much open for, and to, business. And that’s exactly what we intend to continue to do.

Photos: Saulius Žiūra

27 green acres. At least ten diverse organised sporting facilities. Endless opportunities for independent exercise. Duck pond. Play equipment. Rose garden. Bandstand. Café. And toilets. Paddington Recreation Ground in the heart of the City of Westminster seemed to have it all. In December 2018, MIW installed a fancy new outdoor bottle filler and drinking fountain there. So now, it does!

This, of course, is all part of MIW’s work with the London Drinking Fountain Fund. Working in tandem with the London Mayor’s Office and the magnificent #OneLess bottle campaign, we have spent much of the last year plotting and planning the installation of 20 free-to-use bottle fillers and drinking fountains across the capital. And in the last few months we’ve seen a slew of installations, as worthy locations have been settled upon. Paddington Recreation Ground is one them. The new green bottle refill station mounted to a wall at Paddington Recreation Ground

Paddington Recreation Ground

Opened in 1888, Paddington Recreation Ground was one of the first free-to-use public green spaces in the City of London. It began life as a Victorian work creation scheme; its primary purpose being to get people back to work after a heavy economic slump. It soon became a focal point for local leisure activities. And 130 years later, it attracts more than 1.5 million visitors a year. That’s more than the number of people who actually lived in the whole of London in 1800. Which is quite a staggering statistic.

And it’s this extraordinary visitor figure that made Paddington Recreation Ground such a perfect choice for involvement in the London Drinking Fountain Fund.

The #OneLess London Drinking Fountain Fund

It’s estimated that Londoners get through 1 billion single-use plastic bottles of water every year. And, unfortunately, many of those bottles never make it to a recycling plant, ending up in landfill, or worse, our waterways. We’ve reached the stage where our planet is beginning to choke on plastic. While we can’t get rid of all plastic used in everyday life, we CAN reduce the amount of disposable plastics that we all consume. Replacing shop bought bottled water with refillable bottles and a series of easy to access fillers is the first step along that road. And it’s no small step either; just imagine what 1 million plastic bottles looks like! Take that out of our ecosystem every year, and that’s an enormous change for the good. Make that change in every city across the UK, and the results could be phenomenal.

Paddington Recreation Ground’s New Bottle Filler

The new Halsey Taylor 4405BF Endura II Tubular outdoor bottle filler has been selected to meet the high footfall of Paddington Recreation Ground. It’s easy to use, low-maintenance, and both weather-proof and vandal-resistant. Filtered and treated with silver ion anti-microbial protection, it’s been designed to deliver fresh, hygienic and good-tasting water on demand.

Paddington Recreation Ground has always had a lot to offer. Now, we think that it can claim to have it all.

Comments | Posted in Bottle Filler Elkay Drinking Fountain MIW News By Kotryna Kairyte

St Davids Bishop’s Palace Takes Waste Plastic to Task

Monday, 5 August 2019 08:27:57 Europe/London

The smallest city in the UK, and purportedly home to the resting place of one of the nation’s patron saints, St Davids is arguably one of the most religiously important places in Britain. It’s certainly one of the most beautiful. Tucked away on the Pembrokeshire coast, it’s a place that emits serenity. Part of that comes from its magnificent cathedral, and its near neighbour, the Bishop’s Palace. Despite its splendour and undeniable drama, the working of centuries has softened the Bishop’s Palace from an imposing statement of wealth and power into something mystical and romantic. No wonder so very many people take time to visit it. But with visitors comes waste plastic and now the site’s owners and caretakers, Cadw, are taking steps to combat it. Introducing the St Davids Bishop’s Palace new drinking fountain and bottle filling station

The St Davids Bishop’s Palace Drinking Station

New green outdoor bottle refill station at St Davids Bishop's Palace.

Situated in the visitor centre, the new drinking fountain has been installed to both provide a free service to the public and help reduce waste plastic. The idea is that if water is freely available, people will refill their bottles rather than replace them. As such, the perfect unit had to be chosen, so Cadw called in MIW to help!

The UK’s leading experts on indoor and outdoor bottle filler installations, MIW has played a significant part in the #OneLess Campaign and London Drinking Fountain Fund. Having installed similar units across London – as well as in numerous other parts of the UK – we knew exactly what the Bishop’s Palace visitor centre needed: A shiny new Halsey Taylor Endura II 4405BF.

Halsey Taylor Endura II 4405BF

Designed for delivering quality at high volume, the [Halsey Taylor] bottle filler and drinking fountain is easy to use, low waste and WRAS-approved. This means that it’s guaranteed safe and secure down to the very last bolt. It delivers water using laminar flow, so users are unlikely to be bothered by splashback, while the inline strainer and silver-ion antimicrobial coating ensure the greatest levels of hygiene. Weather-proof and vandals resistant by design, the unit should be serving the visitors of the St Davids Bishop’s Palace for years to come.New green drinking fountain outside of the visitor centre at St David’s Bishop’s Palace.

The Plastic Problem

Waste plastic is by no means a problem for St Davids alone. Or even just for Wales. While the Welsh Assembly is taking steps to turn Wales into the ‘World’s first refill nation’, the problem of waste plastic is endemic. The amount of plastic waste generated annually in the UK is estimated to be nearly 5 million tonnes. Globally, we use around 100 million tonnes of plastic every year. And it’s destroying our ecosystem. Particularly our oceans.

If we can all take steps to reduce the single-use plastic that we use on a day to day basis, even just by a small amount, we could soon make inroads to resolving the plastic problem. Organisations like Cadw are beginning to make this happen with their bottle filler installations. Now it’s down to the rest of us to play our respective parts. And for most of us, that part will be upgrading our shop bought plastic bottles for refillable alternatives.

Don’t you think that it’s time that you did just that?

Plastic-Free Sidcup Boosted with #OneLess Drinking Fountain

Friday, 26 July 2019 09:20:20 Europe/London

The whole point of the #OneLess project and the London Drinking Fountain Fund has been to promote change. Specifically, to change people’s attitudes and habits when it comes to single-use plastic. MIW has been involved in both campaigns from the off, playing an advisory role, and donating 20 drinking fountains and sports bottle filling stations for installation around London. The hope there is that having access to free drinking water will persuade people to buy fewer plastic bottles. As the project has developed, we’ve found worthy homes for all of our drinking fountains. From Carnaby Street to Guy’s hospital and the Horniman Museum and Garden, the locations have been varied, but Sidcup town centre stands out as a little bit different. It made the list because the town had already started making inroads into reducing plastic waste.New outdoor vandal-resistant bottle refill station in Sidcup

Plastic-Free Sidcup

On Saturday 26th May 2018, Plastic-Free Sidcup was launched. Reusable coffee cups and reusable shopping bags were handed out to the public, free of charge. Businesses were also audited to find out where plastic was being used and if it was possible to make simple reductions. And this is exactly what needs to be happening throughout the country if we’re going to succeed in reducing waste plastic nationwide – and protecting the environment globally.

It’s these steps that primarily worked to win Sidcup their free bottle filler and drinking fountain, which was installed in Nisbett Walk. Because how good would it be if we could really make Sidcup plastic free? All it takes is for one town to lead the way for others to follow. And it’s becoming increasingly urgent that they should.

The London Plastic Problem

On one day in 2017, 2,500 plastic bottles were collected from the banks of the River Thames. Water bottles were the most common type found. And while the Thames is nowhere near Sidcup, the River Cray – a tributary of the River Darent, which flows northward into the Thames – does flow through the town. It’s not unreasonable, therefore, to assume that some of those plastic bottles could have come from Sidcup. In fact, it’s not unreasonable to assume that some of those bottles came from every place with a river leading to a tributary of the Thames. The River Thames has 51 tributaries. 

We’ve reached the stage where 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean from land every year. And it’s destroying our marine life; choking them, trapping them; then moving into other parts of the ecosystem as other creatures feed upon the poor remains. If we don’t work together to stop this, the end result could be catastrophic.

Plastic free Sidcup purple banner with plastic bottles in the background.

This is why it’s important to support the people and the places that are making a stand and working to cut single-use plastics from their lives. So, three cheers for Sidcup. Long may your good work continue. And long may you enjoy your Halsey Taylor 4400BF - Endura II Tubular bottle filler, which has been designed specifically fo outdoor use. It’s weather-proof, vandal-proof, easy to use, filtered and finished with silver-ion anti-microbial treatment for enhanced hygiene.

New Bottle Filler for Bexleyheath

Thursday, 25 July 2019 13:37:39 Europe/London

MIW’s work with the #OneLess campaign London Drinking Fountain Fund has come on apace in the last few months. With almost all of the 20 new bottle fillers and drinking fountains we donated now installed, one of the last went into Bexleyheath Town Centre. And this installation got us thinking. Or, rather, the words of Londonwide Assembly Member, Fiona Twycross, did.

‘This is a great initiative that will benefit the whole community and help those without a clean or reliable supply of water, as well as people on the go,’ she said. And this seemed slightly bizarre, because who doesn’t have access to a reliable source of clean water these days? Then it twigged. The homeless.New outdoor drinking fountain in Bexleyheath

The Plastic Problem

When working on this project to bring drinking fountains and bottle fillers back to the streets of London, the driving force has primarily been to reduce waste plastic. Plastic has become something of an epidemic, with the waste slowly destroying our ecosystem and permeating all parts of the food chain – even humans are inadvertently consuming it. It’s poisoning our oceans and trapping creatures on land and sea. And plastic bottles are one of the most common items of litter in the ocean. On land, it’s not much better. Unable to degrade, plastic just sits there, for hundreds of years, taking up space and suffocating natural growth.

In persuading people to buy fewer single-use plastic drinks bottles, and providing alternative options – in the form of sports bottle refill stations and drinking fountains throughout the city – the aim is to significantly reduce waste plastic. First in London, then throughout the UK. With British adults using around 150 plastic bottles a year, cutting that number could make a massive difference. And that’s amazing. But then, so are the additional side effects.

An Additional Solution

The provision of drinking fountains and bottle fillers as part of the #OneLess campaign was always meant as a service. The free water was meant to save people money and hydrate them when exercising or just out and about. They might even help to foster a healthier lifestyle, with water being consumed instead of fizzy drinks. But it didn’t ever occur to me that these drinking fountains might be a lifeline to the homeless.

Nearly 7,500 people slept rough on London's streets in 2017-18. While you think of these poor people being cold and hungry, uncomfortable and often scared, a lack of access to fresh, clean drinking water is probably the last thing to cross most people’s minds. It was for me, anyway.

Clean, easily accessible drinking water is such an integral part of life that we all just take it for granted. Being in a situation where that isn’t the case is unimaginable for me. In fact, the whole of homelessness is unimaginable. Yet, in 2016, Shelter revealed that one in three families were just one paycheque away from losing their home. Homelessness can happen to anyone. It’s a terrifying prospect.

Having access to fresh drinking water is little comfort when facing the enormity of homeless. But if it IS just a little comfort, then that’s a very good thing. And I feel very proud that MIW could be of some little service.

Who Supplied the Thames Water London Drinking Fountains?

Friday, 19 July 2019 12:01:11 Europe/London

MIW Water Cooler Experts, that’s who!

Goodness, but we’ve had a busy and exciting few months. Well, few years really! As demand has increased to stem the flow of waste plastic, so more and more communities, businesses and organisations have been targeting single-use drinks bottles as the first course of action. As part of that, a large percentage of them have asked MIW to help, our job being the installation of drinking fountains and bottle fillers. And now we’ve started work on one of our biggest projects yet: the #taptasticnotplastic campaign for Thames Water and the GLA.

#taptasticnotplastic

Following the success of the GLA/London Mayor’s #OneLess collaboration, that saw MIW install 20 public drinking fountains around London last year, the GLA wanted to continue the momentum. Partnering with the team at Thames Water, who were already planning their own initiative to combat waste plastic and encourage more people to drink tap water, #taptasticnotplastic began. And MIW was once again called in to help.New Thames Water bottle refill station in London

The project, this time, was to centre around drinking fountains. And the aim was to make a real impact in the capital’s busiest areas. 100 sites were identified, as preparation for the work started to unfold, we got to work preparing these iconic drinking fountains.

MIW’s role in the Thames Water/GLA drinking fountain project

MIW is the UK’s leading supplier of indoor and outdoor bottle refill stations and drinking fountains. As such, it was natural that we’d be considered for such a significant project. But this was more than just a sourcing and installing job. For this venture, we really needed to bring our expertise to bear. We advised the project management team on both equipment and site suitability. Working with our global partner, Elkay, we adapted the selected units (Halsey Taylor 4400 fountains made from marine-grade stainless steel, with inbuilt strainers and hygiene measures), ensuring that they delivered everything that would be required of them to withstand heavy usage in public places. And we customised each and every one by hand, getting just the right shade of powder coating to finish them. Oh, and that great big water droplet on top? We did that too!

It’s been a challenging job, but we’ve loved every second. Especially knowing the potential difference this could make to the environment – and the way we all live our lives.

Creating a change of culture

The whole idea behind the installation of the Thames Water/GLA drinking fountains is that they will help foster a change of culture. In total, around 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year. In London, the average adult buys more than three plastic water bottles every week. If we’re going to have any kind of impact on waste plastic, that needs to stop. But it’s only going to happen if an alternative infrastructure is in place. That’s what MIW’s work on the #taptasticnotplastic project is all about.

Every London Mayor is remembered for something. There’s Boris Johnson and his eponymous bikes. Ken Livingstone and his controversial congestion charge. For the current Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, it has to be his influence in bringing free, fresh drinking water back to the capital’s streets, and his role in the fight against waste plastic that will take his time in office into posterity. And as political achievements go, that has to be something to be proud of. The team at MIW are certainly proud of their part in it.

So, to answer the question on everyone’s lips: who supplied the Thames Water/GLA drinking fountains? MIW Water Cooler Experts. And we’ve got plenty more exciting jobs still to come!

The first 50 Thames Water/GLA drinking fountains are now in place and open for public use. The remaining 50 will be installed in the coming months.

[Wind] Rushing A New Public Drinking Fountain to Brixton

Monday, 15 July 2019 09:25:30 Europe/London

Brixton’s Windrush Square has become the latest location to benefit from a free-to-use drinking fountain and sports bottle filler, courtesy of MIW, the #OneLess Bottle campaign and the London Drinking Fountain Fund

Named after the SS Empire Windrush, the ship which brought a new generation of much-needed, skilled Caribbean settlers to post-war Britain, the square is a busy, open space in the heart of Brixton’s shopping and recreation area. It’s also used for public events – recently hosting Brixton’s 100 year Armistices Day anniversary service. And it’s the busyness of Windrush Square, and its status as a community focal point that makes it such a perfect pick for a public drinking fountain. Woman refilling her bottle at an outdoor refill station in Windrush Square.

Every location selected to benefit from a #OneLess drinking fountain and bottle filler has needed to meet a particular set of criteria. But the most integral of all is that the location is somewhere where lots of people could potentially benefit from access to free drinking water, and where it could help to reduce the presence of plastic litter.

What is the #OneLess London Drinking Fountain Fund

The London Drinking Fountain Fund was set up by the #OneLess bottle project in collaboration with the London Mayor’s office. The aim is to reduce single-use plastic waste throughout the city, through the provision of free-to-use public drinking water facilities. MIW was already instrumental in the #OneLess campaign when the drinking fountain fund was first mooted. As a company, we’ve been passionate about reducing plastic waste for a long time. Consequently, as soon as the idea was formed, we stepped in to donate 20 bottle filling stations, with built-in drinking fountains, and the labour required to install them in key locations around London. Outdoor bottle refill station with OneLess branding on.

The project began in January 2018, and by the end of December 2018 all 20 units will have been installed. The locations have been varied – from transport hubs to green spaces– but all are united by the high number of people who use them. Each of the bottle fillers has been selected to suit its location, whether indoor or out. They are vandal-proof, weather-proof (where needed), easy to use, and most importantly of all, hygienic, with inbuilt antimicrobial protection – so even the fastidious should have no qualms about using them.

And that’s the point: these bottle fillers and drinking fountains are there to make a difference – in Windrush Square, Camberwell Green, Carnaby Street and beyond. But they’ll only fulfil their purpose if people – like you – use them. So go on; fill your bottles and have a slurp!

Images courtesy of newsfromcrystalpalace.wordpress.com/

This summer, the MIW team has been spending a lot of time in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan. As Wales takes one step closer to becoming the World’s first ‘refill nation’, MIW has been working hard to install 14 new customised bottle filling stations across the county.

Wales’ Move to be Plastic Bottle-Free

During the course of the last couple of years, there has been an almost global introspection on the subject of waste plastic. We’ve all become aware of the amount of plastic we use – and discard – on a daily basis. Particularly in the form of drinks bottles. And the impact this is having on the environment. Businesses and governments have been looking for ways to combat the problem. And Wales is no exception.

People smiling next to the outdoor bottle refill station.

Wales uses around 725,000 plastic bottles a day. But while Wales ranked second in the world for household recycling in 2018, the Government is determined to do more to reduce the country’s plastic footprint. As well as offering incentives to businesses to provide more plastic-free drinking facilities, councils around Wales have been making their own inroads, with water refill points popping up from Pembroke to Wrexham. And now it’s Glamorgan’s turn. 

Glamorgan’s New Bottle Fillers

The Vale of Glamorgan’s council decided to focus their refill movement on areas that encourage activity. So, parks and leisure spots in Barry, St Athan, Dinas Powys, Ogmore-By-Sea and Penarth were chosen as sites for the 14 new bottle fillers.

Three different outdoor bottle fillers – the Halsey Taylor 4405BF, 4400, and 4420 – were selected for installation, according to location. Each one is WRAS-approved, ensuring that they not only meet strict water authority health and safety standards, but deliver the best quality water around. And they were all selected for the fact that meet Equality Act (2010) guidelines, making them accessible to as wide a range of users as possible. They are vandal resistant, and manufactured from powder-coated marine grade stainless steel, they can cope with all weather without risk of rust. In fact, they are so tough, that they can withstand temperatures as low as -30°. So, c’mon Welsh winter, show us what yer made of!

Blue outdoor bottle filler with a bottle on it ready to be refilled.As a finishing touch, MIW gave each of the refill points a colour makeover, in line with the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s instructions.

A Wider Refill Nation?

Thanks to initiatives like this, as things stand, Wales is currently well on the way to becoming the World’s first refill nation. It’s something that could make a real difference to the whole world. And something that the United Kingdom can be very proud of. But rather than simply revelling in the wonder of Wales, wouldn’t it be great if England, Scotland and Ireland gained that status too? Imagine if it wasn’t just 3.1 million people ditching shop-bought bottles, but 66 million people refilling regularly around the UK. Now, what a difference that would make. So how about it, UK? Will you accept the plastic gauntlet and raise to this very real challenge

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