Every year, 200 billion bottles of water are consumed globally. Unfortunately, only about 12 percent of these will be recycled, leaving 176 billion plastic bottles to be dumped in landfills or left to float in the ocean. College campuses and National Parks are some of the worst offenders in this plastic deluge, since both entertain thousands of visitors a day and lack access to filtered water.
Thanks to a new partnership between Vapur, makers of reuseable, recyclable Anti-Bottles, and Elkay, manufacturers of innovative sinks and faucets, both students and outdoor enthusiasts will now find it much easier to stay hydrated without creating mounds of toxic waste.
The companies have collaborated to create the Vapur Refill Station Program: an initiative that will help place filtered water dispensers on college campuses and at National Parks across the country. The co-branded refilling stations will be placed in designated areas throughout a participating park or campus. The graphics on the Vapur Refill Stations are purposefully designed to attract attention and will convey the important message of “Be Safe & Hydrated” for parks and “Be Healthy & Hydrated” for campuses. Each refill station will include a “Bottles Saved” counter, tallying the number of plastic bottles saved through the program, as well as QR code encouraging interaction and educating visitors about the Vapur Refill Station Program.
Although they’re designed to be used with Vapur’s amazing line of foldable, reusable water bottles, the filling stations are compatible with all types of reuseable containers. Since dehydration, especially in the recent scorching heat, is a real danger for inexperienced hikers, it’s hoped that installing the filling stations at National Parks will reduce incidents of heat-related emergencies. Likewise it’s hoped that students, who need to keep energy and concentration levels up, will be drawn to the convenient, filtered water stations and choose H20 over sodas or sugary energy drinks, all while reducing landfill waste.
The first pilot of the Vapur Refill Station Program is scheduled to launch in Montana in the next few weeks, and will soon be followed by other state and national parks and college/university campuses.