Guests at Wivenhoe House are now enjoying complimentary still or sparkling water, thanks to a partnership with Thoreau Water, which is also benefitting the environment.
Thoreau Water is a Swedish concept which chose the UK for their first non-Scandinavian launch three years ago.
Their water system offers triple-filtered cooled water which can be carbonated or served still. Through their London office, the company supplies hotels and restaurants with custom-made water solutions to be served to guests in stylish hand-blown glass carafes which are re-usable.
Barbara Feldman from Thoreau Water said: “We heard about Wivenhoe House hotel and the Edge Hotel School through our association with Marriott International. This is an ideal platform for sharing the benefits of our innovative product.”
Wivenhoe House’s general manager Oliver Brown said: “Thoreau is delighted to be showcasing their water system to the students of Edge Hotel School, leaders and decision makers of the future.
“Guests of Wivenhoe House and the brasserie have commented how refreshing it is to get a complimentary bottle of either still or sparkling water, when most places are giving a jug or glass of tap water.”
“We are pleased to be cutting down on plastic and glass bottle waste by adopting this environmentally friendly system.”
Restaurant manager Lionel Lachasseigne said: “I would estimate we have saved 1000 bottles of water a month in the brasserie since we introduced this new system. It is not just the actual glass bottles, it is the transportation of the water bottles to and from the hotel which can help make a difference.
“We have also removed all plastic straws from the brasserie.”
More than 480 billion plastic drinking bottles were sold in 2016 across the world, up from about 300 billion ten years ago. By 2021 this will increase to 583.3bn, according to recent estimates from Euromonitor International’s global packaging trends report.
When glass bottles are recycled, they are turned into more glass which never loses its integrity.