In partnership with BRITA, the world’s leading water filter and dispenser company, the University of St Andrews has launched the first of many green initiatives to tackle single-use plastic.


The university has installed a glass bottling system to provide bottled water for delivered catering across the campus.  This would reduce the reliance on single-use plastic bottled water by 19,000 units annually. In addition, BRITA has installed self-service still and sparkling water dispensing units in its three retail cafés for staff and students. This will save an estimated additional 21,000 single-use plastic bottles of water.


This is anticipated to remove in excess of 40,000 plastic bottles from circulating in the local community each year by eliminating the need to purchase environmentally unfriendly and expensive pre-bottled waters. The water bottling system substantially reduces the cost of purchasing single-use, pre-bottled waters and also eliminates the need to transport and store bottled water.


Gemma McNicoll-Brown, Event Operations Delivered Catering Assistant Manager, University of St Andrews, said: “Sustainability is a key element in the University’s new Strategic Plan. We strive to work with businesses whose principles and commitments to the environment and sustainability align with our own. Our new partnership with BRITA is the first in many new green initiatives we will be implementing across the University to play our part in a greener future. The elimination of single-use plastic bottles of water is our first step towards making a cleaner, greener and sustainable future for staff, students and the local community.”


Find out more about the initiative here.

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