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On Drinking From The Big Bottle - Lord Deben Is Keynote Speaker

The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben - John Selwyn Gummer

Environment champion Lord Deben is to be the keynote conference speaker at the 2019 British Water Cooler Association event  at the Nottingham Belfry hotel on Thursday March 28.

The theme for the conference, which is supported by a trade exhibition running alongside, is Insight To Change -  Learn, Unlearn & Relearn.

The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben (John Selwyn Gummer) is the former Secretary of State for the Environment and Chairman of the Committee on Climate Change.

Lord Deben commented on the value of providing water for hydration and doing so sustainably. Interviewed in advance of the conference he said: “Water coolers provide water that is cold and therefore appealing to drink as well as being convenient, without hawking a whole load of plastic bottles around the country. The fact that the industry uses plastic bottles that are reused many times over and then recycled is positive for the environment.

“The challenge regarding all use of plastic is what do we do about it after use. Whilst we should discourage single-use plastics, if people must use disposable plastic cups, these should be made of recyclable materials containing recycled content and be recycled responsibly.

 

Collect your cups

Lord Deben continued: "I’d like to see this industry collecting the cups as this will be a sign of a truly responsible and progressive sector. The good thing about cups used for water is that they are entirely recyclable for use in food packaging as they are uncontaminated having been used only for water.”

 Phillipa Atkinson-Clow, General Manager of the BWCA, added: “Sustainability is a key issue for all businesses and as the British water cooler sector is one of the most sustainable industries around, it is fitting that we should have a sustainability and environmental expert to address and inspire our delegates. I am sure Lord Deben will convey to our delegates some fascinating and valuable insights”.

 

Other speakers

Other speakers at the BWCA conference will include Richard Hall of Zenith Global, revealing the latest industry market data; Brendan Hanlon, from Just a Drop, celebrating with Members the Association’s continuing efforts in support of his charity in bringing clean water sources to villagers in Africa; and Rebecca Ireland, employment lawyer from gunnercooke LLP who will speak on the changing employee landscape. The host of the event will be the BWCA’s Chairman, Jon Wicks.

Booking details for conference delegates and for exhibitors are available at www.bwca.org.uk

Picture: The Rt Hon. the Lord Deben - John Selwyn Gummer.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

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