by Rachel Delahaye of www.foodbev.com
"Visitors to London can now treat themselves to luxury hotel accommodation and refreshment with a conscience. The newly opened Hotel Rafayel on the Left Bank overlooking the Thames in Battersea aims to slash the carbon footprint of each guest to a quarter of the typical London hotel stay, in part by reducing what they call the ‘water miles’ created in providing their hydration needs.
"To help them with their eco goals, Hotel Rafayel has enlisted the assistance of Vivreau, a manufacturer of mains-fed bottled water systems. It’s estimated that the Vivreau table water bottling system – an alternative to pre-bottled still and sparkling mineral waters – will allow Hotel Rafayel to eliminate 432 tonnes of delivered bottled water over five years, in addition to a further 205 tonnes of glass bottle waste for disposal. This is based on a requirement of 250 litres per day, 1,750 litres per week, or 292 cases per week, which invariably will free up fridge and storage space as well as address waste and carbon emissions.
"Vivreau drinking water systems dispense purified and filtered mains water and, acccording to a Vivreau spokesperson, this equates to a carbon footprint close to that of mains water as the need for carbon intensive packaging and transportation associated with pre-bottled waters is eliminated."
Source: Vivreau Pure Water