Cutting Costs While Increasing Sustainability and Wellness by Upgrading to Filtered Water Coolers
This paper discusses the reasons behind the growing trend of organizations switching from bottled to filtered water coolers. Also called “point-of-use” or “bottle-less” coolers, filtered water coolers compress the sophisticated purification technology of a filtration plant into an appliance the size of a traditional bottled water cooler, which can be placed anywhere in the workplace. The key drivers behind the switch to filtered water coolers fall into three categories: cost reduction, increasing sustainability, and improving employee wellness.
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THREE REASONS TO UPGRADE YOUR WATER COOLER(S) IMMEDIATELY
|Eliminating the costs of water and plastic jug delivery provides savings for all but the smallest firms. In fact, the larger the workplace (and the more bottles consumed), the greater the savings. Freeing workers from managing plastic jug inventory also leads to savings in the form of productivity gains.
|Health and Wellness
|Filtered water coolers often use sophisticated self-sanitization technology to keep water bacteria and germ-free. Conversely, bottled water coolers require an extensive and frequent cleaning regimen to maintain similar levels of purity.
|Replacing just one traditional water cooler with a filtered water cooler is the greenhouse gas equivalent of planting up to 120 trees every year. Thus, filtered water coolers provide organizations with one of the few opportunities to improve their environmental footprint while also saving money.|
1. Cost Reduction
Avoid the staggering markup associated with plastic jug delivery
When one considers the numerous costs passed along the water delivery supply chain to the end user, it is easy to understand why water delivery is so expensive and why filtered water coolers provide a more cost-effective solution (See Fig. 1). If your office pays for water delivery, you are subsidizing:
- The costs associated with manufacturing plastic jugs and filling them with water at bottling plants;
- The cost of shipping 5-gallon water jugs from the bottling plant to distribution centers; and
- Fuel and labor costs of delivery trucks hauling jugs from the distribution center to your workplace.
The Natural Resources Defense Council estimates that “90 percent or more of the cost paid by bottled water consumers goes to things other than the water itself – bottling, packaging, shipping, marketing, retailing, other expenses, and profit.”
Eliminating water delivery prevents these costs from being passed through to your organization. And the higher your water consumption, the more of these costs you eliminate by upgrading to filtered water coolers. Research shows that businesses can save up to 50% by switching from bottled water coolers to filtered coolers.