In the United States alone, over $100 billion is spent on bottled water each year resulting in over 50 billion plastic bottles tossed in the trash can. That equates to 2.5 million plastic bottles thrown away per hour and 80% end up in landfills. Organizations around the globe are responding to the overwhelming financial, social, and environmental costs of bottled water consumption and disposal by providing convenient and cost-effective hydration solutions in and around their facilities. Airports, hospitals, schools and many other organizations are improving their sustainability efforts and reducing bottled water waste by upgrading to bottle filling stations such as the Hydration by Haws™. These bottle fillers help lower carbon footprints by reducing waste associated with single-use bottles and promoting the use of refillable bottles.
Hydration By Haws™ bottle filler benefits and options
The benefits of bottle filling stations are endless and offer the perfect solution to satisfy the growing demand for accessible, on-the-go water alternatives. With their hygienic, hands-free activation and ADA compliance, the Hydration By Haws™ bottle filler is an ideal upgrade from traditional drinking fountains to deliver clean, filtered water from standard tap lines. The multiple product options transform regular tap water into filtered drinking water by using a certified advanced filtration system. Hydration By Haws™ water dispensers offer users the benefits of clean filtered water away-from-home without the waste and cost of bottled water. One unit can reduce as many as 36,000 standard 16.9 oz bottles each year. Surface wall-mount (Model 2000SMS) or recessed mount (Model 2000S) configurations are available with custom branded logo options if preferred.
Bottle Filler Fundraising Program
The demand for convenient access to clean and cost-effective drinking water is increasing and Haws® responded by creating the Hydration By Haws™ Bottle Filler Fundraising Program. The program encourages everyone to drink more water by financing bottle filler installation costs with the proceeds raised from the sales of custom branded Nalgene® bottles. The unique fundraising program is a way to bring a hydration solution to any facility with no upfront costs, minimal set up, and the potential to keep additional profits. Find out more about this program and how you can join Haws in support of creating sustainable solutions for hydration by visiting the Hydration By Haws™ website at: www.hawshydration.com.
Creating Happy, Healthy, and Hydrated Children in Northern Nevada
Urban Roots’ Farm Camp programs are outdoor garden-based week-long day camps designed to inspire excitement for learning. Farm Camp programs coincide with the Washoe County School District (Northern Nevada) breaks. During 35 hours in the outdoors, campers ages 5-15 delve into the basics of plant biology, animal care, and nutrition while planting, tending, harvesting, and tasting food straight from the garden. Children leave camp with a deeper connection to their food, an appreciation for their community, and a wide-range of new experiences, skills, and friends.
This past summer, our Farm Camp programs provided an immersive experience for 429 children ages 5-15, 21% of which received tuition assistance through our scholarship program.
Haws donated reusable water bottles to help promote healthy hydration choices for children who left camp with a memento of their time at the Urban Roots Teaching Farm and were fully hydrated during each of their days at our summer-season Farm Camp. The water bottles provided a tangible lesson for environmental stewardship (reusable bottles vs. disposable), and, as an additional benefit, parents of students who received the water bottles reported that their children also pack the water bottles in their backpacks for school and continue to use them to this day!
Case Study: Howard University Leads with Fiscal and Sustainable Efficiencies
The constant evolution of sustainability trends at colleges can present a challenge when trying to meet expectations of current and prospective students all while balancing financial limitations. The Office of Sustainability at Howard University saw this challenge as an opportunity to exceed the needs and wants of their student body and staff.
The Sustainability Office at Howard continually looks for initiatives to support their “top tier green image.” Specifically, the University chose to target outdated sources of drinking water that existed across campus. The team decided it was time to begin updating existing drinking fountains with new, environmentally-friendly, yet financially affordable solutions.
Read the full Howard University case study here.