March 30th, 2013 by Guest Contributor
Climate change is the biggest challenge facing the world right now, hands down. Even the US Department of Defense has called climate change a destabilizer of geopolitical peace and a national security threat. Worldwide, we’re attacking climate change from a wide variety of angles. There’s energy efficiency going on seemingly everywhere and renewable energy development like there’s no tomorrow (which there might not be if we don’t continue at breakneck speed). There are reforestation projects, biofuels, and now there are … bottleless water coolers?
Amazing as it may seem, water coolers in your home and office have huge carbon footprints.
Every year, bottling water in 5-gallon jugs for office and home coolers:
- Uses 140 million kWh of electricity.
- Burns 6 million gallons of fuel.
- Dumps 70 million tons of plastic into landfills.
- Wastes (countless) millions of gallons of water.
It is such a tremendous impact that replacing just one bottle water cooler with a bottleless water cooler has an effect equivalent to planting up to 120 trees per year.
One company has been making a killing and doing well by people and the planet. The company is Quench, and it’s actually the sponsor of this article (we do sponsored articles for companies that kick butt: see here). One customer, the Hackensack University Medical Center for instance, switched to bottleless water coolers with Quench and was able to eliminate 312,000 5-gallon jugs that would have gone to landfills, save 3,553 gallons of fuel, and eliminate 91 metric tons of CO2 from the atmosphere. Quench is busily reducing the carbon footprint of well over half the Fortune 500, and currently serves 47 states in the US alone.
Is your office or home using a water cooler with a 5-gallon jug? If it’s your job to lift and place those 5-gallon jugs, I’m sure you’ve been waiting for us here at Planetsave to give you the verbal ammunition you need to convince your boss to make a change.
So… you’re welcome. 🙂 Check out Quench. They rock.
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