R&A saves '100,000 plastic bottles' with Bluewater partnership

21 Jul 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The R&A says it ‘averted the need’ for 100,000 single-use plastic bottles at The Open, which took place at Royal St George’s last weekend thanks to a partnership with refillable water bottle manufacturer Bluewater.

A combination of water stations and refillable water bottles delivered free purified water on demand to visitors who were notified in advance that no single-use plastic bottles of water would be sold to the public during the event. 

Fans were encouraged to bring their own containers, or purchase Bluewater refillable bottles on site.

“This was the second time in succession we have helped The R&A to fulfil their sustainability mission by providing unique water stations and bottles to help show there are viable alternatives for major events to avoid single-use plastic water bottles,” said Bengt Rittri, Founder and CEO, Bluewater.

A total of 48,400 litres of free purified water was used over the four days, the equivalent of around 100,000 standard 500 ml plastic bottles of water, according to organisers.

Players competing in The Open were also presented with their own personalised refillable Bluewater bottles.