A unique combination of water stations and refillable water bottles from Sweden’s Bluewater helped The R&A avert the need for around 100,000 single-use plastic water bottles being used at The 149th Open at Royal St George’s in Sandwich, Kent.
The water stations delivered free purified water on demand to visitors who were notified in advance that no single-use plastic bottles of water would be sold to the public during the championship.
Instead, visitors were encouraged to bring their own containers or purchase Bluewater refillable bottles on site that were made of sustainable stainless steel, and utilising silicone rather than plastic for anti-leak fillers and carrying loops.
“This was the second time in succession we have helped The R&A to fulfil their sustainability mission by providing unique water stations and bottles to help show there are viable alternatives for major events to avoid single-use plastic water bottles,” said Bluewater founder and CEO Bengt Rittri, a Swedish environmental entrepreneur.
Rittri noted the water stations dispensed a total of 48,400 litres of free purified water over the four days of The Open, which is equivalent to around 100,000 standard 500ml plastic bottles of water.
Players competing in the championship were also presented with their own name personalised refillable Bluewater bottles, keeping their water chilled for 24 hours. If desired, the bottles can also be used to keep hot drinks warm for up 12 hours.
Each stainless steel Bluewater bottle comes with a lifetime warranty. Bluewater also collects one kilo of plastic waste from seashores around the world for every single planet-friendlier Bluewater bottle it sells, using a blockchain alternative to recycling where people are paid to return plastic waste to certified recycling centres.