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SWR adds more water machines to cut plastic waste

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South Western Railway (SWR) is encouraging people to use new water machines at three stations across Vauxhall and Richmond.

The filtered water machines, installed in partnership with Ape2o, cost 25p to refill a container with half a litre.

The rail operator hopes this will cut ‘single use’ plastic bottles.

Ape2o machine at Richmond station.

Overall, 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are bought in the UK every year with up to 80% ending up in landfill or oceans. Following a successful pilot at Hampton Court train station, SWR is installing the “ultra-filtered” Ape2o water vending machines at the three new locations.

There are also additional plans to roll-out further machines across London and other cities across the UK as well as to other stations in the SWR network.

Ape2o uses a three-phase, advanced filtration system and ultra-violet light to clean and sterilise the water, removing any impurities down to the molecular level and dispensing it hygienically as people can’t touch the water source.

Customers fill up using either their own water containers, reducing the use of plastic bottles, or they can buy stainless steel plastic-free Ape2o bottles.

Amy Dickinson, SWR.

Amy Dickinson, SWR’s head of sustainability said, “At SWR we’re committed to supporting the Less Plastic Pledge through reducing and recycling waste and providing solutions to our customers that help them make sustainable choices.

“Working alongside companies like Ape2o helps to encourage all of us to think more sustainably for the future of our planet.”

Anthony Newman, Ape2o

Anthony Newman, Ape2o founder, added, “We’ve already saved more than 150-thousand plastic bottles from ending up in oceans and landfills with our current machines.

“Our partnership with SWR will now help us to reach millions more passengers, showing them how ditching the plastic can be a force for good. We bring the same trusted benefits as bottled water such as convenience, purity, and hydration, but without the plastic and at a fraction of the cost. It’s time to go Ape2o!”

Ape2o will contribute 10% of all sales to ocean, beach, and river clean-up and conservation initiatives.

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