Borough Market installs free drinking water fountains in a bid to phase out the sale of all plastic drinking bottles

Part of the market’s initiative to become the UK’s biggest, entirely plastic-free shopping destination.

Borough Market in London has installed free drinking water fountains for the public, in a bid to phase out the sale of all plastic drinking bottles.

The capital’s biggest, independent market has plans to ban the sale of all disposable bottles in six months time, with hopes that the free fountains will be a welcome alternative for shoppers. There are a total of three fountains around the market, each one has two streams for drinking from and one to refill reusable bottles. The market also plans to offer refillable bottles, made from recycled plastics, that will be available to purchase around the site.

The move comes as part of the market’s initiative to become the UK’s biggest, entirely plastic-free shopping destination. They have also pledged to make all other packaging used by it’s 114 traders, bio-degradable and compostable, helping the market to achieve a goal of zero waste to landfill.

A recent study has found that over 38.5 million plastic bottles are bought in the UK everyday, with just over half of these being recycled. Plastic bottles can take up to 450 years to break down once they reach the sea.

Darren Haneghan, mananging director of Borough Market, has said that he hope the move will inspire other retailers.
“It’s great that people are increasingly aware of the health benefits of keeping hydrated, but we’ve been troubled to see increasing numbers of plastic bottles used every day.”

“By using the new Borough fountains our visitors will be able to refill and refresh without having to buy a plastic bottle each time. 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.”

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