Aim is to provide water without the use of plastic bottles
One of the ape2o water dispensing machines
November 8, 2021
A new water machine is to be installed at Wimbledon station as part of an attempt to reduced the use of plastic bottles.
The ape2o water machines are already in place at Vauxhall and Richmond stations on the South Western Railway network.
ape2o’s aim is to provide pure water on the go, without the use of plastic bottles. Customers can refill for 25p, with 10% of all sales being donated to marine and freshwater conservation and clean ups.
ape2o uses a three-phase, filtration system and ultra-violet light to clean and sterilise the water, removing any impurities down to the molecular level and dispensing it hygienically as people can’t touch the water source. Customers can fill-up using either their own water containers, reducing the use of plastic bottles, or they can buy stainless steel plastic-free ape2o bottles.
The three stations on the network, which are used by a combined 80-thousand passengers a day.
7.7 billion plastic water bottles are bought in the UK every year with up to 80% ending up in landfill or our oceans. Following a successful pilot at Hampton Court train station, South Western Railway is installing the ultra-filtered ape2o water vending machines.
There are also additional plans to roll-out further machines across London and other cities across the UK as well as to other stations in the SWR network.
Amy Dickinson, SWR’s Head of Sustainability said, “At SWR we’re committed to supporting the Less Plastic Pledge through reducing and recycling waste and providing solutions to our customers that help them make sustainable choices. Working alongside companies like ape2o helps to encourage all of us to think more sustainably for the future of our planet.”
ape2o Founder, Anthony Newman added, “We’ve already saved more than 150-thousand plastic bottles from ending up in oceans and landfills with our current machines. Our partnership with SWR will now help us to reach millions more passengers, showing them how ditching the plastic can be a force for good. We bring the same trusted benefits as bottled water such as convenience, purity, and hydration, but without the plastic and at a fraction of the cost. It’s time to go ape2o!”
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