Franke, in collaboration with City Plumbing have supplied eight drinking water fountains and a number of reusable water bottles for installation on seven Durkan sites, providing water refill points for staff and visitors to help reduce plastic waste.
Durkan, an independent Developer and Contractor in central London and across the home counties, were looking for a solution to their plastic waste usage. They got in contact with City Plumbing Supplies, one of the UK’s largest builders’ merchants who recommended Franke drinking fountains as the ideal solution.
Bottled water accounts for around half of all plastic bottles and in the last 15 years consumption of bottled water has doubled. The average person in the UK uses approximately 150 plastic water bottles every year and research suggests that providing more free drinking water taps and fountains in public spaces could lead to a 65% reduction in plastic.
Ian Cresswell, Health, Safety and Environmental Director at Durkan explains why drinking fountains are important to their strategy. “At Durkan we see that everyone can be part of the stopping plastic pollution campaign, and that the easiest place to start is to stop using the single-use plastics which are commonly consumed on our projects in the form of plastic water bottles which are used and then discarded in a matter of minutes by construction workers.
“The use of the Franke drinking fountains is part of our intervention strategy to help kick plastic bottles from our sites, or at least encourage workers to re-use their existing plastic bottle at least 10 times by refilling it at the drinking fountain which is why we specified the bottle filler tap. The use of the water fountains is a good example of the kind of relatively easy action we can take and when we put it all together it will add up to real change.”
Franke will continue to work with its partners to encourage free drinking water and the reduction of plastic waste...Refill not landfill and make our planet wonderful!