The Open Water initiative tackles single-use plastic

The Open Championship


Through the Open Water Initiative, free purified water was available on-demand through the water filling stations to fans who were notified in advance that no single-use plastic bottles of water would be sold to the public during the championship. Instead, visitors were encouraged to bring their own containers or purchase Bluewater refillable bottles on site that were made of sustainable stainless steel, and utilising silicone rather than plastic for anti-leak fillers and carrying loops.

The water stations dispensed a total of 48,400 litres of free purified water over the four days of The Open at Royal St Georges, which is equivalent to around 100,000 standard 500ml plastic bottles of water.

Players competing in the championship were also presented with their own name personalised refillable Bluewater bottles, keeping their water chilled for 24 hours. Bluewater also collects one kilo of plastic waste from seashores around the world for every single planet-friendlier Bluewater bottle it sells, using a blockchain alternative to recycling where people are paid to return plastic waste to certified recycling centres.

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