New water bottle

Free water bottles to replace plastic cups at Kent

The University is adding to its green credentials with a move to replace plastic drinking cups across campus.

All new students staying on campus will once again receive an eco-friendly reusable Bamboo coffee cup and a fully recyclable, sustainable water bottle.

And, for the first time this year, a free water bottle will be offered to all staff too. The bottle, made from sustainable sugar cane, is fully recyclable and has a negative carbon footprint. As well as the University of Kent logo, it includes a QR code which users can scan to find the nearest available refillable water station.

The bottles will be available, on production of a KentOne ID card, from next week (wc 16 September) at Kent Hospitality outlets across Canterbury and Medway campuses. Bamboo coffee cups will also be available at the same outlets at a cost of £5 each.

The new bottles and cups are part of a package of measures at Kent to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our sustainability. This latest initiative has been led by members of Kent Hospitality, working alongside Kent Union, Estates and Procurement as part of the University’s Sustainable Food Steering Group, which oversees our sustainable food strategy.

The initiative also fits in well with the University strategy, Kent 2025, which states that, we will ‘embed sustainability through building the UN Sustainable Development Goals into our research, education, leadership, operations, administration and engagement.’

Kevin Stuckey, Director of Commercial Services, explains: ‘We were already working with Kent Union’s President Sasha Langeveldt to provide sustainable drinking cups and bottles. However, our Vice-Chancellor was keen for us to extend this across campus and eventually remove the need for any single-use plastic cups.

‘We therefore doubled our order for new water bottles this year so we could offer staff, as well as new residential students a sustainable alternative. We hope this will be welcomed by not only our staff, but the wider community, as Kent does its bit to reduce its carbon footprint.’