Borough Market's fountains to water down plastic bottle use

Shoppers using water fountains at Borough Market

London's foodie heaven Borough Market is to phase out sales of bottled water and has installed three new drinking fountains to make the market greener.

Each water fountain has two streams to drink from and one designed to refill water bottles. While bottled water will disappear from stalls over the next six months, refillable bottles made from recycled plastic will be available to buy instead.

"By using the new Borough Fountains our visitors will be able to refill and refresh without having to buy a plastic bottle each time," says Darren Henaghan, Borough Market's Managing Director. "We are proud to take this significant step forward as part of our ongoing commitment to making Borough Market Britain's greenest place to shop, and hope that others will follow suit."

Borough Market says it is doing its bit to tackle plastic waste in London, following a report from the London Assembly which found that the city uses around 7.7 billion plastic bottles per year, the most per capita than any other English region. These plastic bottles then go on to make up ten per cent of all litter found in the Thames and three-quarters of the river's flounder have been found to have ingested plastic.

The market already has a commitment to sustainable food, the management states. In addition, nothing goes to landfill: cardboard, plastic, glass, paper and wood are recycled, food waste is used to produce energy at an anaerobic digestion plant and almost all traders' packaging is biodegradable and compostable.

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