Bathroom Bins

We surveyed 1,000 people in Scotland and were surprised to find that 380 of those people do not own a bathroom bin!

So, in the spirit of sharing is caring, we have been looking into what is out there.

Remember, your toilet is not a bin, only the 3Ps should be going down the toilet (paper, pee and poo). So, if you don’t have a bathroom bin, where are you putting everything else?

Nature calls – it’s time to act.

There are so many options to suit any home and any bathroom. You just need to do a little research to find the best option for you.

Here is just a selection for inspiration:

  1. Swing top bin
    Easy access and the lid swings closed to keep odours locked inside.

  2. Pedal bin
    Easy access and hygienic option, foot pedal opens the lid, so your hand doesn’t need to touch it. Lid keeps odours locked away.

  3. Touch bin
    Soft press for easy open. Or electronic sensor for the touchless hygienic option. Lid keeps odours locked away.

  4. Recycling bin
    A good option for the environmentally conscious. Compartments to separate recyclables from general waste.

  5. Open wastepaper basket
    Simple and easy option. Handy to simply throw rubbish into. No lid does mean odours can escape.

Just Add Water

We know that wipes are very convenient, and in some cases vital (NHS, care sector, etc.). But we also know that single use products are bad for the environment. It is always better to reuse if you can.

Sometimes the old ways are the best. We might have flinched when granny approached our mucky faces as children with a wet flannel, but granny was the smart one, saving money and the planet before we could spell ozone layer. Thankfully today, there are numerous face cloths available to suit the most sensitive of skin.

Besides, who wants to wipe their face with a plastic wipe filled with chemicals, anyway?

So, how about investing in a reusable facecloth (or flannel) to use time and time again, good for your pocket, the planet and your pipes.

In recent years there has been an increase in reusable facecloths and cleansing face mitts on the market. These new products are made of natural materials ranging from organic cotton to bamboo. Pair one of these with your favourite cleansing lotion, then… just add water.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homemade Gunk Pots

Please remember to never pour fats, oil and grease (FOG) down the sink. Once it cools, it thickens and clogs up pipes, causing nasty sewer flooding. No one wants that!

So, the question is what should you do with leftover FOG?

Often oil from cooking can be re-used at least once, saving you some money, and every penny counts these days.

However when it’s time to part company with your leftover FOG here’s a hack that’s good for your pocket, the planet and your pipes.

 

Make your own gunk pot:

If you don’t have a spare container, or glass jar to store leftover FOG, why not try making your own gunk pot! These handy homemade vessels will save you money and they are ego friendly too. Win win.

Step 1.

Find some old newspaper and rip into sheets, roughly the size of A4 paper, or 30cm long by around 15cm wide. You will need about 5 or 6 of these to make one gunk pot.

Step 2.

Take a large glass and roll one of the sheets around the glass, leaving about 5cm at the bottom. Once wrapped around the glass, fold over the excess paper at the bottom. Repeat for each sheet. Sellotape the final sheet to secure, then hey presto, you have your very own gunk pot.

Step 3.

Remove the glass from the gunk pot. For added safety (in case of spillages), grab an old mug that you don’t use often, or a small plant pot. Place your paper gunk pot into the old mug and keep by the sink as a reminder to never slop FOG down the plug hole.

Step 4.

After cooking, if you can’t reuse the leftover FOG, pour it into the gunk pot. Remember to give your pan a quick wipe with kitchen roll before washing up. The same gunk pot can be used for several weeks. Once full, and the FOG has cooled and hardened, carefully remove the paper gunk pot from the mug and throw into the bin. Repeat step one and you will have a sustainable supply of gunk pots.

WATER REFILL TAPS BOOST ANTI-LITTER EFFORTS AT BEAUTY SPOTS

Visitors to some of Scotland’s most beautiful natural locations will be able to refill and stay rehydrated at new public water taps being installed to help reduce waste and litter.

On World Refill Day – when people are encouraged to refill their bottles to help protect the environment – Scottish Water has confirmed that Top Up Taps are being installed within Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park, Cairngorms National Park and Mabie Forest in the south-west.

Eight taps in total are being installed over the summer ensuring that visitors can stay hydrated using refillable bottles and reduce waste and litter, such as single-use plastic. The approach supports the drive to encourage visitors to leave no trace when visiting the countryside.

Five are earmarked for communities in and around Loch Lomond and The Trossachs.

Two taps will be installed over the summer in Aviemore, the outdoors capital of the Cairngorms, and Pitlochry, located near the national park’s southern boundary. A further site is being explored in Braemar.

And another new tap will be located at Mabie Forest in Dumfries and Galloway, popular with walkers and mountain bikers.

They form part of an expanding network across Scotland which have already saved the equivalent of more than 450,000 single use plastic bottles through refills at the push-button water points.

Peter Farrer, Chief Operating Officer, Scottish Water, said:

“Scotland’s great outdoors have never been so popular with visitors. We’re delighted to be able to keep people hydrated with our public water taps at the same time as reducing our footprint on the natural environment.

“There is a real connection between the environment and the water we all enjoy and use daily. Providing people with an opportunity to top up from the tap using refillable water bottles is vital to reducing litter and the amount of single use plastic in our communities.

“The growing network of public taps throughout the country is already making a real contribution to our efforts to be more sustainable and reduce litter. It also means people can enjoy great tasting tap water out and about in more and more places.”

The five taps in Loch Lomond &The Trossachs National Park will be installed at Balloch, Aberfoyle, Callander, Balmaha and Rowardennan.

Forest and Land Scotland and the national park authorities have backed the roll-out.

Simon Jones, Director of Environment and Visitor Services at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park Authority said:

“As one of Scotland’s most popular visitor destinations this is fantastic news for the National Park. These taps will benefit both the local and wider environment by reducing litter and helping address the environmental impact of single use plastics such as water bottles.

“As well as being a serious threat to the National Park’s wildlife, litter impacts local communities and affects visitors’ enjoyment while they are here.  We have significantly increased our resources on the ground for this season and these new taps complement the additional bins, toilets and staff we have put in place to support the increased numbers of visitors we are seeing.  If visitors can refill their water bottles, there is less demand for single use plastic bottles, making it easier for people to leave no trace of their visit.”

Stuart Chalmers, National Visitor Services Manager of Forestry and Land Scotland, said:

“This is a great initiative that we’re happy to support. I’m sure will be a big hit with all of our visitors and will help drive home the message that when it comes to sustainability, little things – like refillable bottles – can make a big difference. “

Grant Moir, Chief Executive of Cairngorm National Park Authority, said:

“Anything that helps reduce single use plastics and results in less litter in the Cairngorms National Park is most welcome. We look forward to more of these taps appearing in other places in the Cairngorms National Park in future.”

The taps will be switched on after a series of tests have been completed to ensure the water is wholesome. They are regularly inspected and cleaned.

More information about our Your Water Your Life campaign at: https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/Your-Home/Campaigns/Your-Water-Your-Life

For more information contact Scottish Water Corporate Affairs on 07469 444806

POPULAR PERTH PARK HOME TO NEW TOP UP TAP

Visitors to Perth’s South Inch Park can now enjoy fresh, great-tasting water on the go with the launch a new refill tap.

Scottish Water has installed the new top up tap in the park as a part of a drive encouraging people to carry reusable bottles to help stay hydrated, protect the environment by reducing waste and save money.

The tap, which is located near the children’s play area and The Pavillion, is the second to launch on the Fair City with one being fitted in the High Street last year.
Gavin Steel, corporate affairs manager at Scottish Water, said:

It’s fantastic to have one of our Top up Taps in this popular park used by so many people. We’re encouraging everyone to make the most of it when they are out and about  – remember to take a reusable water bottle to easily top up at the tap. Drinking water from a refillable bottle is good for your health, good for the planet by helping reduce the volume of single-use plastic and it’s good for your pocket too.Studies show a growing number of people are starting to carry refill bottles with them to stay hydrated and these taps make it easier for them to do this when out and about.

Nine-year-old Amy Tully, of Perthshire, was one of the first people to use the new tap with her brother Matthew, 7. She said:

I love doing my bit to help the environment, and it meant we got to stay at the park longer as we had plenty water to keep us going.

Councillor Angus Forbes Convener of Perth & Kinross Council’s Environment & Infrastructure Committee welcomed the new refill point. He said:

The refill taps, provided by our partners Scottish Water, will help with the first of many steps Perth & Kinross Council will be taking to help the environment and tackle climate change. With more than one million plastic bottles being bought in the world every minute, I hope that residents and visitors to Perth alike will now think twice before buying a bottle of water and use one of the re-fill taps.

The taps, which are all disinfected regularly, all have tracking devices which record the amount of water they give out.

Since the first Top up Tap was launched more than 400,000 litres of water have been consumed from Scottish Water’s expanding network of the refill points across the country. The utility will soon have 50 of the taps in the ground at sites including harbours, beaches, national parks, botanical gardens and other top tourist attractions.

More information about our Your Water Your Life campaign at: https://www.scottishwater.co.uk/Your-Home/Campaigns/Your-Water-Your-Life

For more information contact Scottish Water Corporate Affairs on 07469 444806

SCOTTISH WATER’S LATEST TOP UP TAP IS PAWSOME!

Dog walkers at one of Scotland’s most visited parks are lapping up Scottish Water’s newest Top Up Tap.

Popular with dog walkers, runners, cyclists, and people going for a leisurely stroll, visitors to Drumpellier Country Park in North Lanarkshire can now retrieve a drink of great-tasting Scottish water at the newly installed public tap.

It was the 40th tap to be installed as part of Scottish Water’s roll-out of a network of public water points where people can use refillable bottles to help stay hydrated, protect the environment by reducing waste and save money.

The equivalent of more than 400,000 single use plastic bottles have been saved by people using the tap network for their refillable bottles.

Little 11-week old Oscar’s first walk around Drumpellier Country Park coincided with the go-live of the newest tap.

Exhausted and thirsty after exploring a whole new world for the first time, Oscar lapped up a freshly poured drink of water from the tap which is located close to the park’s visitor centre and car park.

And he even got in on the sustainability act, with his owner providing a portable bowl made from sustainable material for him to rehydrate from.

Over one million people visited Drumpellier Park last year. It forms part of the Seven Lochs Wetland Park, Scotland’s largest urban nature park which spans the Glasgow and North Lanarkshire council boundaries between Easterhouse, Coatbridge and Stepps.

Drumpellier’s joins a growing network of bright blue water-refill points popping up all over Scotland as part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign. The campaign is encouraging people to drink more tap water, carry a reusable water bottle when they’re out and about, and help reduce plastic waste.

Lorna Neilson, senior project manager at Scottish Water, said:

“Our network of public water refill points is growing at a rate of knots, with new taps coming into play every few weeks now.

“Since the introduction of our inaugural Top Up Tap at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh back in October 2018, the total output from all of our taps combined has been 138,472 litres of water – that’s the equivalent of 419,612 single-use plastic bottles (330ml) saved which is incredible! We continue to encourage everyone to top up from the tap with great-tasting Scottish Water, whether at home or on the go – it’s good for you, your pocket and the planet.”

 

Scottish Water taps have also recently become operational at the following locations:

– Murraygate, Dundee

– Clyde Square, Greenock

– Main Street, Largs

– Grass Market, Edinburgh

– Rutland Place, Edinburgh

Check out our Tap Map for more.

Additional safety and cleaning measures have been put in place on all Top up Taps due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This includes deep cleaning, disinfecting and maintenance, as well as a special coating on the entire refill station which stops any virus and bacteria being absorbed.

Big Blue Taps Brought to Life on Film to Celebrate World Water Day

Scottish Water’s iconic big blue water taps are starring in a new film as we celebrate the value of water on World Water Day.

We’ve lifted the lid to tell the story of the epic journey our Top Up Taps take to their new homes in communities across Scotland.

Our growing network has seen 39 taps already installed from Shetland to the Scottish Borders, as we encourage everyone to use a refillable bottle when out and about and be kind to the environment by reducing plastic waste.

Our taps have already dispensed more than 120,000 litres of water and saved the equivalent of 365,000 single use plastic bottles.

And we are continuing our installation programme with new taps planned for some exciting locations, such as the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct, Prestwick Beach and Arbroath Beach Park, to name but a few.

But the process to install our taps is far from simple. Our brilliant new film showcases the massive team effort involved behind-the-scenes in bringing a Top up Tap to life on a street near you.

Our location selection and planning processes, as well as the installation and sampling operations are all brought to life on screen for the first time.

Scottish Water’s top up tap team chief Lorna Neilson said: “People across Scotland have taken our big blue taps to their hearts.

“Using them is a great way to do your bit for the environment, as well as staying hydrated on-the-go and saving money.

“They may seem to suddenly appear in locations across Scotland, but it’s amazing how much planning, preparation and sampling goes on to make it all happen.

“We’ve loved bringing their story to life and hope it helps people appreciate the value of water.”

The Top up Tap programme is part of Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign to encourage people to join the wave and use a refillable bottle, for your health, your pocket, and your planet.

St Andrews tapping into refill trend

Historic St Andrews is now home to a new water refill tap to enable to people top up with tap water on the go.

The tap is located outside the public library on Church Square and it is hoped locals and visitors to the Fife town will fill up when out and about.

The refill points are part of Scottish Water’s ‘Your Water Your Life’ campaign encouraging people to drink more tap water to stay hydrated, save money and protect the planet by not having to use disposable plastic bottles.

The tap was welcomed by Councillor Ross Vettraino, Convenor of Fife Council’s Environment and Protective Services Committee.  He said:

“These refill taps convert a single-use water bottle to one that can be used time and time again, thereby enabling the community to reduce its reliance on single-use plastics.

“Such plastics, which include those in which bottled water is sold, pose a particular threat to the environment and to the future of the planet because of the energy they consume in their manufacture and because of their persistence in the environment if they aren’t properly recycled.”

The blue top up taps digitally track water usage and records cost savings. To date the equivalent of more than 315,000 single-use plastic bottles have been saved with the install of the free refill taps.

Scott Fraser, Regional Communities Manager at Scottish Water, said:

“The home of golf and Scotland’s oldest university is a perfect location for our latest refill tap.

The top up taps bring a supply of clear, fresh and great-tasting drinking water right to the heart of St Andrews for everyone.

“There’s a growing appetite from the public to carry a reusable bottle with them and our refill taps give them easier access free water while they are out and about.

“Today is Global Recycling Day and we are urging more people to get into the habit of carrying a refill bottle and using our refill taps to top up with Scotland’s world class drinking water. Our message is simple – these taps are great for health, your pocket and the environment.”

This is the 34th top up tap installed by Scottish Water and the second in Fife, one was previously launched in Dunfermline. The utility aims have soon delivered 70 public space water refill points across Scotland by summer.

Additional safety and cleaning measures have been put in place on all the refill taps due to the ongoing Covid pandemic. This includes additional deep cleaning, disinfecting and maintenance.

Are you one of the many turning to the tap through lockdown?

Health-conscious people in Scotland are turning to tap water to help them stay fit during lockdown.

A new poll has found that people plan to drink more of Scotland’s world-class water as they walk, run or cycle in 2021.

The survey – commissioned by Scottish Water via YouGov* – reveals that a third of adults in Scotland (32%) intend to drink more tap water to help with mental well-being and protect the environment.

And the survey showed women aged 18-24 are the most likely to be drinking more tap water (54%) this year.

The results are major boost to Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign which aims to both celebrate Scotland’s tap water and encourage us all to top up from the tap and reduce waste including single use plastics. From a separate survey, 93% of people in Scotland agree refilling a reusable bottle from the tap is helpful for the environment and 83% agree that Scotland’s water is a precious natural resource[1].

A central theme of the campaign has been the roll out of Top up Taps at locations across Scotland, which are allowing people to stay hydrated on the go by topping up their refillable bottles for free.

And the latest TV ad for Your Water Your Life underlines the benefits of topping up from the tap while people are on their permitted lockdown walk or exercise.

The poll findings have been welcomed by Scotland’s National Clinical Director Professor Jason Leitch as further endorsement of how keeping hydrated can help people as they cope with the challenges of lockdown.

Professor Leitch said:

“Water is vital for life. It makes up around 60% of a person’s body, so it’s not surprising that a drop in levels can impact on our health, vitality and performance.

“When time allows, I have been going out for runs to stay both physically and mentally happy, so I know how important it is to ensure I drink plenty of water both during and afterwards.

“We are all coping in different ways with lockdown and keeping hydrated – whether in or outdoors – is so important, And, of course, we are can be extremely thankful that we have such good quality tap water to enjoy at home and outside.”


The survey, carried out by YouGov in January, showed that 32% of people are intending to either drink a lot or a little more in 2021, which equates to 1.4million people.

Of that 32%, 76% say it’s to improve their physical health, 56% to help protect the environment by reducing plastic waste and 41% to improve their mental wellbeing. That equates to 31% of the Scottish population (or 1.3million) who are planning to drink more in 2021 to improve their health, mental well-being or protect the environment.

The public desire to drink more water matches the ever-growing popularity of usage of Scottish Water’s Top up Taps, which are now in 39 locations across Scotland. The equivalent of more than 350,000 plastic bottles or nearly 117,000 litres have been saved by people topping up from the network of the distinctive bright blue water refill points since the project was launched two years ago. Scottish Water is to install further taps throughout the country as the rollout programme continues.

Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign aims to encourage people to top up from the tap to benefit the planet, their health and their pocket and celebrate the country’s precious, natural resource.

Brian added:

“Of all the things we can do to stay healthy – such as getting more sleep, exercise or eating more vegetables, water is amazing in its simplicity. Coming straight from the tap, it’s easy and accessible. And what’s more, the quality of Scotland’s tap water is world class.

“This research, coupled with the take-up of our Top up Taps, shows that people are increasingly seeing the well-being benefits of drinking more water – particularly as they enjoy a walk, run or other exercise.

“By topping up with tap water, at home or when out and about, we’re helping support the movement to reduce upstream litter which can harm our waterways and environment.”

Elsewhere the YouGov survey found an estimated 1.8 million adults in Scotland intend to increase their efforts to help protect the environment in 2021, that’s 42% of the population.

Around 29% of the adult population (1.28 million) are planning to do things in and around the home to help save water such as turning the tap off when brushing teeth, washing the car by hand and only boiling the minimum amount of water needed in the kettle. And 27% (1.19 million) plan to drink tap water to help reduce waste from single use plastics.

*All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 1,029 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 19th– 21st January 2021.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+).

[1] 8-10 September 2020 YouGov Survey +1000 adults

 

Cuppa blend inspired by Scottish tap water brews friendships in battle against loneliness

People impacted by loneliness and isolation have been supported by mental health heroes fuelled through cups of tea made with Scotland’s famous tap water.

A collaboration between Edinburgh-based whole leaf tea company eteaket and Scottish Water led to the creation of the “Keep the Heid” blend, which has proved a hit with customers around the world.

With donations from every sale being donated to the Health in Mind charity which promotes positive mental health and wellbeing in Scotland, £650 has been directed towards supporting those who would benefit from befriending.

The charity said the link-up through Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign has made a positive difference.

The boost comes on Brew Monday – led by the Samaritans who encourage people to stay connected with a virtual cuppa to counter the January blues.

Lynne Stanford, Fundraising Manager at Health in Mind, said:

Huge thanks to eteaket for their extremely generous donation of £650 in December, which came from their ‘Keep the Heid’ tea and advent calendar sales.

With this donation eteaket could support and train six volunteer befrienders, enabling six people who are experiencing loneliness and isolation a chance to reconnect with others and their local community. They have wonderfully promoted positive mental health and are true Health in Mind heroes.”

Sales of Keep the Heid have seen tea shipped to Australia, Japan, the USA and Canada. The blend was designed to complement Scotland’s best natural resource, its tap water, with £1 from every blend sold donated to Health in Mind.

Erica Moore, Founder and MD of eteaket, said international sales of the tea boosted the charity donation.

It’s amazing that the blend has been so popular abroad – it’s really a privilege to be able to spread a little bit of Scotland and the joy of tea all over the world.

Keep the Heid is particularly popular in America, but the blend has also found its way across Europe to Germany, Hungary, France and Belgium.

While people abroad can’t enjoy our lovely Scottish tap water, they’re clearly eager to enjoy a taste of Scotland through the blend.”

The blend, a loose leaf tea that retails in 100g packs, is a new take on traditional black tea inspired by Scottish flora; mixing blends of Assam and Darjeeling combined with heather and Scottish meadowsweet, both herbs traditionally native to Scotland. Brian Lironi, Director of Corporate Affairs at Scottish Water, said:

We’re thrilled Keep the Heid has been so popular abroad and has in turn contributed to eteaket’s charitable contributions to Health in Mind.

eteaket has been a fantastic supporter of Your Water Your Life and has really helped dial up our appreciation for one of the most overlooked – yet vital – ingredients in our cuppa, our water.

Your Water Your Life is a celebration of Scottish tap water and how it supports the daily lives of millions of people, encouraging all of us to be more mindful of how we use water.”

‘Keep the Heid’ Limited Edition tea is available to buy online at https://www.eteaket.co.uk/shop/keep-the-heid-limited-edition/  at £7.95 for 100g, and in eteaket’s shop and Tea Room.

Scottish Water’s Your Water Your Life campaign aims to encourage people to top up from the tap to benefit the planet, their health and their pocket and celebrate the country’s precious, natural resource.