tonnes of plastic finds its way into the ocean every single year
One of the largest challenges for island communities, is balancing the need for clean drinking water, while keeping their environment clean from the plastic that often creates.
In this case study, we explore the problem of plastic bottled water in island communities, and show how the IF Water|One water purifier is designed to help this problem.
Why remote island communities struggle
In Scotland, inhabitants of the Highland and Islands use an estimated 80 Million bottles of water a year, bringing 800 tons of plastic to rural parts of Scotland with some of the lowest recycling rates in the UK.
In remote regions, properties cannot rely on utilities companies to pipe fresh water, and traditional purification methods, struggle to reach drinking water standards all year round.
For many businesses who NEED to ensure water quality for guests, the only option is bottled water.
Plastic bottles on the Isle of Coll
Like on many islands, on the Isle of Coll, residents and businesses rely on bottled water due to limited access to fresh, potable water sources. There is a village tap, but there is sometimes a cue for this and it's not that convenient if you're on a nice holiday.
Groundwater sources on Coll can be saline or contaminated with heavy metals and microbial contaminants, and desalination facilities are costly to maintain.
Bottled water provides a convenient and dependable source of safe drinking water for residents and tourists, helping ensure access to essential hydration. But, what do we do with the bottles
What happens to the bottles
Plastic bottles on remote islands like Coll, and on islands all around the world, typically face limited recycling options due to the lack of infrastructure and remote locations.
Sadly, many of these bottles end up as litter, contributing to environmental pollution. Some may be collected during beach clean-up efforts, but a significant portion can persist in the environment, posing a threat to wildlife and marine ecosystems.
The remoteness of these islands can make waste management and recycling challenging, making plastic bottle disposal and environmental impact a critical issue.
How the WaterOne is removing the need for bottled water in homes
At IF, we have developed a revolutionary water purification technology that requires no consumable parts, and can produce better water quality than bottled water from island sources.
This could be a game-changer for islands by eliminating the need for bottled water.
We believe this technology has the potential to provide a consistent and eco-friendly source of clean drinking water, while addressing the challenges of water scarcity and contamination on islands.
We want to make clean, safe drinking water more readily available, reducing the reliance on bottled water, and mitigating plastic pollution.
Remove bottles from your community
Removing your reliance on bottled water is challenging if you don't have a credible alternative drinking water source. The unique WaterOne provides consistent water from previously untreatable sources, removing the need for plastic bottles.