University College Birmingham (UCB) is currently using a water filtration system from EcoPure Waters which is helping to meet their requirements for hospitality drinking water in a cost-effective, eco-friendly manner. The system is also helping to demonstrate the University’s sustainability to their guests, customers, staff and students.
The College of Food at University College Birmingham offers a range of hospitality and catering courses. Their Brasserie and Atrium training restaurants are open to the public and give students a platform to demonstrate their skills on a commercial basis and to a very high standard.
“There is a significant financial saving,even before we consider the environmental benefits that are helping the University meet its demanding sustainability targets. But what really surprised and pleased us was the positive customer reaction to the water when served within the restaurants. It's become a talking point among our guests who not only love the taste, but have also really bought-in to the sustainability angle.”
Finding the right balance between cost minimisation and satisfying the urgent demand for environmental sustainability is often perceived as a big conundrum in the catering industry. However, Stowe School in Buckinghamshire has proved that there need not be a trade off and has married the two, with the installation of an EcoPure Waters' system.
Indeed, Stowe school is not the only institution to see the benefits. In the UK alone, the systems are saving in excess of 10 million single trip bottles per annum. By removing the need to order, transport, store and dispose of bulk bought bottled water, the EcoPure Waters filtration systems and multi use recycled glass bottles not only save on money, but are 580% less environmentally damaging than most branded water bottled waters.
“The installation of the Eco Pure system has demonstrated our commitment to the environment and our financial savvy. We have already seen major cost savings – the need to buy in bottled water has all but disappeared.”
“Our staff can produce as much water as is necessary, without the need to buy-in financially and environmentally damaging water bottles. If we are holding an event, this can be well over 80 or 90 litres in a day.”
“We especially love the glass bottles that EcoPure have branded with our school logo. The bottles go down so well, they are a fantastic talking point. In fact, they are so popular they go walkabout from time to time – we are now looking into stocking them in the school shop.”
The obligation for universities to address their corporate social responsibility is a challenge that The University of East Anglia has risen to – and it is reaping the rewards. As part of an extensive review of sustainability issues, the internationally renowned university has recently installed an EcoPure Waters water filtration system in order to produce its own environmentally friendly and cost-effective filtered water.
EcoPure Waters has been a leading supplier of on-site water filtration systems for almost 20 years. EcoPure Waters’ water filtration system connects to the water mains, providing unlimited freshly filtered and chilled still and sparkling water on demand, with a purity of taste and clarity that is unmatched.
“It was an easy win in my opinion. The university is very keen to look at ways in which we can reduce our carbon footprint – particularly by reducing the amount of packaging that goes into landfills. Previously, we were buying in plastic or glass bottles for our direct hospitality catering and functions, creating a high level of waste. Now we don’t buy in any at all.”
“The results speak for themselves. The system was implemented in June and we have already seen major cost savings. We estimate that we will be saving in the region of £20,000 a year. It’s fantastic.”