Business owners who manage gym facilities may believe they’re proactively keeping their customers safe by offering bottled water in-house, but they’re actually doing a disservice to the planet and the people exercising.
Bottled water wastes an enormous amount of fossil fuels during production and transport. In fact, bottled water production in the United States used 32 million barrels of oil to produce plastic bottles, and 54 million barrels of oil to transport those bottles in 2007 – enough to fuel about 1.5 million cars for a year, reports Food & Water Watch.
What’s more, the plastic used to create these bottles often includes a potentially harmful chemical bisphenol-A (BPA), which has been linked to various diseases such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, impaired fertility, polycystic ovarian disease and insulin resistance, reports The Environmental Working Group.
While many people suggest adding an additional tax on bottled beverages as a deterrent, business owners can implement their own preventative measures to help protect the environment and their guests. Instead of selling disposable plastic bottles in their gyms, business owners can install point-of-use water coolers. These water dispensers tap directly into the facility’s main water supply to filter out bacteria and germs using ultraviolet light.
The water experts at Quench can assist business owners in transitioning from bottled water to a gentrified filtered water delivery system. Quench professionals handle the installation process and can help guide gym owners through the process, making sure they find the point-of-use water cooler that fits their unique needs. When it comes to managing a successful and sustainable operation, Quench is there to help.