At Livewell, we try to be as eco-conscious as possible. We know that concerns about single-use plastic are at the forefront of everyone’s mind, so we wanted to let you know that we are doing everything we can to make our services as eco-friendly as possible.
When you hear the word ‘plastic’, it might conjure up images in your mind of an ocean filled with single-use bottles and packets. But you can rest assured , all the bottles sourced by Livewell are made from recycled material and are recyclable.
Approximately 90% of our bottles are made out of rPET material
rPET stands for recycled polyethylene tetraphyte, which is the fourth most common plastic resin used in the world. The plastic content in rPET has been recycled, so the bottles that we use were produced without compromising any natural resources, reducing oil usage and greenhouse gas emissions associated with virgin plastic production.
rPET is derived from PET (without the little ‘R’). Like most other plastics it is made from a combination of oil and petrochemicals. However, PET is part of the thermoplastics’ family, which means they can be heated, melted and cooled into many different shapes and sizes. Those PET plastics then get transformed into the recycled plastic you see in your Livewell Vending machines, and from there they can be recycled again and again and again.
Finding a new life for these already-made products is a way to move forward and create a use for plastic products whilst reducing the amount of dangerous chemicals. On top of using products made with recycled materials, it’s important that we’re aware of our purchases and aware of how we dispose this plastic material as well.
Alongside our rPET products, Livewell try to reduce waste through recycling arrangement in place on our premises for all plastic, cardboard, and combustible materials. Where possible we source our equipment and refreshments locally. For example, our Coffee Vending machines and Water Coolers are all manufactured in the UK. And for our refreshments, we are pleased to source our bottled water locally from Harrogate Spring Water, reducing food miles. The telemetry system at the core of Livewell’s operated allows remote access to our vending machines via the cloud, which means we only make a journey to visit sites when needed and we only carry the stock on our vans that is required.
We want to implement change at every level of our organisation. For us, this means that we use the evolution of technology and a smarter approach to working in order to keep down emissions and reduce our carbon footprint. It also means that we work with reliable suppliers and brands who can help us deliver a complete and uncompromising vending solution for our customers, whilst practicing sustainability.