Normally, the CCSO Green team wouldn’t be able to stand in this spot as the space was once filled with these…
8 big plastic bottles of water, the number of bottles they went through every month, now
made obsolete by their new plastic-bottle-free water cooler! Beyond the major cost-savings, there’s no more plastic and no more not-so-tasty-microplastic (microplastics found in 93% of bottled water). This takes city water directly from the pipe, filters it, cools it, available to happy staff at the push of a tab-thingy.
This not only saves the plastic bottles, it saves the gas used to truck the bottles to their office. In fairness to the water cooler industry, the 5 gallon bottles would be reused several times, then recycled … unlike most of their smaller cousins (only an estimated 14% of water bottles make it to recycling plants in Ontario). That said, the fossil fuels burned and GHGs emitted to move these around are here for a long time.
Here’s a sense of how many bottles they saved in a year by this one change…
Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, so please feel free to flatter away.
For more on the great work by the CCSO team …
Correction (Nov 21, 2018): and earlier version of this story misidentified the team as DMOH Green Team instead of CCSO Green Team. OMG, we are SRRY.
Our family has always used point of use water filtration.
The City of Toronto has very sophisticated detection and treatment facilities, far better than independent suppliers of water. If you are concerned about impurities introduced in the distribution system, then you can always send water samples for testing to the city.
Thanks Jake! Good idea.