ARE YOU CHOPPING DOWN TREES?
The Watertree Project has been selected to be a part of Tetrapak's Go Nature, Go Carton campaign which sources grown-for-purpose timber from sustainable plantations that raise seedling timber for the specific use of the renewable and recycling industries such as Watertree.
So we are NOT chopping down trees from pristine or old-growth forests.
These plantations exist in addition to, and sequester and prevent logging to old growth trees, so that our jungles and forests are not touched, and remain the green lungs of the planet.
We use fast growing pine with long fibre property to ensure the strength and stability needed for the packaging without using too much materials
WHY NOT JUST BRING YOUR OWN BOTTLE?
We agree with that a refillable container is by far the better option to single-use packages.
You can re-use and refill the Watertree pod. The Watertree Planet-Safe Challenge encourages the re-use of drink, food and even cutlery items in lieu of single-use plastic.
Unfortunately, under the Covid Operating Procedures (GUIDANCE FOR STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE ON HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURES AGAINST COVID-19 PANDEMIC FOR CAPITAL MARKET PARTICIPANTS) the sharing of facilities is discouraged, and the refilling of water (and other) containers involving “frequently touched surfaces” are now disallowed, making this practice – although desirable – difficult to achieve.
WHAT DO I DO WITH MY WATERTREE POD WHEN I'M DONE?
General recyclability of the packaging
Our packaging falls under the UBC category.
UBCs are categorised within the PAPER category under the national waste segregation scheme
Hence, they can be collected along with paper in the paper stream for recycling.
Main reason is that UBCs are mainly made of paper and the end destination for recycling is at the paper mill. Isn’t the cap plastic?
However, YOU may have your own ideas. We'd love to see them. Send a photo of your re-used Watertree Pod We'll feature it on our IG channel @thewatertreeproject and send you a free Watertree Project T-Shirt.
ISN'T THE Watertree Pod CAP PLASTIC?
The bio-cap is created from sugarcane which is processed into ethanol and eventually plastic. So to be clear, the bio-cap is plastic but its creation has a much lower carbon footprint than plastics derived from fossil fuels.
The Watertree Pod Bio-Cap - recycling
Our re-cycling partner, KPT has pioneered a process where they can separate out the component materials of our packaging: paper, aluminium and plastic.
The paper can be directly recycled into high quality paper products such as cardboard boxes or high strength paper. Our packaging consists of highly fibrous paper, so KPT pay their collector network (e.g. Alam Flora etc) for our used packaging.
The plastic and aluminium components are combined to form a composite material that can be used to make roof tiles, bins and desk tops.
The water used in this separation process is filtered and re-used and does not produce any toxic outflow into the local environment.
WHAT ABOUT THE WATERTREE POD PAPER?
The Watertree pod is made from 75% wood fibre sourced from responsibly managed forests. Watertree pod paper is sourced from renewable tree farms that soak up carbon dioxide from the air. These trees are specially chosen fast-growing species that are ideal for paper pulp.
IS THE WATERTREE POD SIMILAR TO BOXED OR CARTON WATER?
Yes, The Watertree Project is part of a global movement that recognises the era of single-use plastic is coming to an end. We’re starting with water.
IS THE WATERTREE POD THE SOLUTION TO ELIMINATING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC?
No. This packaging format is 'the least worst bad' option out there. The interior has a thin layer of aluminum. Also, we need a plastic cap. But, when compared to a typical plastic bottle, we're using 75% paper.
Going forward, we are focussed on improving the re-cycle rate, because the paper we use is very valuable to recyclers. It is richly fibrous and can be used to create very strong paper products such as cardboard. The collectors (such as Alam Flora) have a financial incentive to capture our watertree pods so we hope to get a higher level of re-cycling. For larger events, we can work with the organisers to help collect used pods and deliver directly to KPT.
Most importantly, we hope to stimulate our community to think about ways to reduce the consumption of single-use plastic.
MY COMPANY WANTS TO SWITCH TO WATERTREE PODS, WHAT DO WE DO?
That is great news! Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
IF WE ALL SWITCH TO WATERTREE PODS, WILL IT SLOW DOWN GLOBAL HEATING?
Only kidding. No, we have a lot more work to do. But, by buying a Watertree pod, you have not bought a plastic bottle. Eventually, this consumer shift will be taken seriously by the ‘plastic people’ and they will stop producing plastic water and fully embrace some form of paper-based water drink.
But also, we want you to think a little bit about what you are doing. Yes, you are thirsty, so you need water. But, perhaps you can buy a personal refillable water bottle and carry this with you in future. Of course, whenever you’re stuck and you just need clean, healthy water then just buy a watertree pod.
WILL THE WATERTREE PROJECT BE INVOLVED IN EVENTS AND BEACH & BEAUTY CLEANUPS?
Yes! But like everyone else in Malaysia, we are observing Covid-SOPs. Once these relax and events can be organised in a safe manner, then we will begin the next phase of our project.
IS SINGLE-USE PLASTIC CONSUMPTION ONLY A MALAYSIAN PROBLEM
Unfortunately, the answer is No. According to the UN, some 500 billion disposable plastic bags are used worldwide each year, while one million plastic drink bottles are purchased every minute. In March 2019, the UN member states agreed to 'significantly reduce' single use plastics by 2030. The UN has produced a road map for the sustainable production and consumption of plastic.
However, the good news is that individual countries can make an impact by designing plastic use policies that reflect their own requirements. In Malaysia, Penang has long signalled its concern about single use plastic and intends to legislate to reduce consumption. Across Malaysia, many communities who rely on tourism are also taking steps to reduce the amount of plastic used in their communities. There is great hope for our future.
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