Globally, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute and disturbingly 91% of all plastic is not recycled. On top of that, it is estimated that over half a trillion plastic bottles will be sold in 2020. The war on plastic is real and there is a kiwi company doing something about it.
While the challenge remains with consumers to recycle what they use, Parkers New Zealand Water wanted to take action by offering an alternative to plastic bottles and, as a result, heavily invested in launching the Eco Can Water in both still and sparkling varieties. Doug Speedy, Managing Director for Parkers says, “New Zealand has had a full recycling program in place for aluminium cans for many years and almost all cans are recycled and repurposed into a new can. We wanted to offer a truly environmentally friendly solution when single use water is appropriate.”
Parkers cans are lightweight, easy to chill, easy to transport and the perfect solution for plastic free households, outdoor events and anywhere where plastic is not welcome – and these places are increasing!
Parkers Water is based in Napier and is the first Kiwi company to completely eliminate single-use plastics for its Artesian Water range, switching it for aluminium cans, glass and a bag in box options. Speedy comments, “We were entirely motivated by the understanding that in order to see change you have to be part of it and this increased when our research revealed that recycling aluminium requires only 5% of the energy and produces only 5% of the CO2 emissions as compared with primary production as well as reducing the waste going to landfill.”
Aluminium cans be recycled indefinitely, as reprocessing does not damage its structure.
Parkers has already seen success overseas with the likes of Melbourne Zoo, who only supply water in a can in its efforts to be plastic free.
Speedy says, “We can now offer customers great tasting, safe and affordable water and also make a positive impact on climate change, it was a no brainer to move away from plastic.”