The Department of Accommodation and Commercial Services (ACS) at the University of Sheffield had been providing bottled water for its guests attending conferences, meetings and events in their customised meeting, conferencing and events venues, but was seeking a green alternative to help minimise its impact on the environment and reduce waste.
ACS teamed up with BRITA Vivreau having discovered the sustainable benefits of the Table Water Bottling System, a mains-fed drinking water system dispensing unlimited quantities of filtered chilled still and sparkling water at the point of source which can be served in reusable designer glass bottles.
Katie Butler, Brand Manager for Commercial Services at ACS explains: “As part of our brand values, we’re committed to using local, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly products wherever possible. Using the BRITA Vivreau system meant that we didn’t have to transport pre-bottled mineral water which has helped us reduce our carbon footprint.
The water is purified on site, so we’ve not compromised on quality and, because the bottles are reusable, there’s no waste and no need to recycle
When ACS began looking at different options for supplying water to its conference delegates, they contacted BRITA Vivreau’s sales team who provided a comprehensive demonstration of their in-house water bottling system and carried out a survey to ensure that the system was suitable. ACS has a diverse portfolio of venues and the water system needed to be able to fill a large number of bottles in a short space of time. BRITA Vivreau’s Bottling system provided the ideal solution as it can filter 108x750ml bottles of water in just 30 minutes.
BRITA Vivreau’s Designer glass bottles, also manufactured in the UK, are fully reusable and entirely dishwasher safe. These sleek and stylish bottles can be branded and different bottle designs can be chosen to suit a particular décor scheme. Available in 750ml and 425ml sizes, the latter is favoured for optimum eco-friendliness where water wastage can also be reduced.
BRITA Vivreau and ACS worked together to develop a bespoke bottle design which incorporated the University’s crest and the logo of the customised parent brand, ‘withUS’. The distinct bottles emphasise the University’s commitment to providing environmentally friendly options to its customers and help reinforce the withUS brand identity.
Debbie Tilbrook, General Manager of Hospitality Services for ACS stated: “I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend BRITA Vivreau to others; it has a positive impact for us, our customers and the environment.”