Climate Positive Business Hub

ClearFresh - The Sustainable Business Partner 

 

Our End-of-Life Equipment Recycling Initiative

Our machines are of the finest quality, with a long working life. When a PuroStream water cooler finally reaches the end of that working life, it is safely dismantled and all possible parts are sorted & recycled. Our company policy prohibits the disposal of our coolers to third parties such as auctioneers, second hand dealers or online websites. Whilst there will always be a small component of waste, we are constantly working on strategies to better our programme.  In this way, ClearFresh aims to ensure none of its coolers will ever end up contributing to landfill.


 

Our Climate Positive Work Practices

ClearFresh focuses on the minimization of waste and water use in its warehouse and offices. All possible materials are recycled – including paper, plastics, wood, metal, batteries and globes – and, where possible, we upcycle (even our used carbon water filters are ground down and used for terra preta style gardening - an idea we are developing further). ClearFresh follows the best possible environmental practises and at every opportunity strives to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink.

 

The Solid Case for Long-Life Filter Housings

You wouldn't throw away your car engine at every oil change, so why would it make sense to throw away each filter housing at each filter change! Unlike some companies using filter mechanisms which lock the cartridge inside the housing, ClearFresh can efficiently replace filter cartridges whilst retaining our long-life housings, gaining up to 20 times the service life. This smarter use of materials vastly reduces waste plastics sent to landfill, allows us to sustainably upcycle expired carbon cartridges & is far more cost effective for our customers. 

              

Our Sustainability Manager

ClearFresh Water is the environmental leader in its field and has taken the innovative step of appointing a Technical Support & Sustainability Manager. Our Manager’s role is to conduct regular in-house reviews of company practises and procedures, to enforce the recycling policy and minimize the amount of waste going to landfill. Our goal at ClearFresh is to reduce costs whilst ensuring none of our water coolers ever find their way to landfill.

 

Useful Links

*© State of New South Wales through the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water

 

Recycling Links

 

News Links

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical found in polycarbonate bottles. The health effects of BPA are questionable, so much so that the US Food & Drug Administration has announced further research into the concerns raised by the the use of this chemical in plastics. Given similar public concern, the Australian Government has concluded discussions with retailers of BPA baby bottles which will see a voluntary phase out commencing 1 July 2010 of BPA in these containers. Our advice to our customers & their staff is that this phase out makes for an even stronger case for also abolishing the large 15L water bottles containing BPA at work.

 

The Plastiki, a boat made of 12,500 plastic bottles, is currently moored in Sydney Harbour after a journey across the Pacific in order to draw attention to the dangerous levels of plastic waste in our oceans. Sixty billion tonnes of plastic is produced every year and The United Nations Environment Programme states there are over 13,000 pieces of plastic in every square kilometre of ocean surface. Every day, about eight million items of marine litter enter the planet's waterways. They attract toxins such as DDT and PCBs, and enter into our food cycle where they are swallowed by fish, many of which eventually end up on our dinner tables. Another really solid reason why eliminating bottled water at work is a life saver to our oceans and marine life.

Click here for images from the Plastiki and its epic arrival into Sydney Harbour.

 

A floating mass of refuse roughly the size of Queensland and containing up to 100 million tonnes of plastic waste is trapped in the Pacific Ocean, killing 1 million seabirds and 100,000 sea mammals and countless fish every year, the UN estimates.

The trash collects in one area, known as the North Pacific Gyre, due to a clockwise trade wind that circulates along the Pacific Rim. A plastic bottle that begins its voyage from a storm drain in Sydney gets pulled into the gyre and take weeks to reach its place among the other debris in the Garbage Patch. While the bottle floats, instead of biodegrading, the sun’s UV rays will turn the bottle brittle, breaking down the bottle into small pieces and, in some cases, into particles as fine as dust. Another excellent reason to eliminate plastic bottles, large or small, from our work places and commercial environments for ever.

 

ClearFresh is dedicated to a sustainable worldwide business model. When we recycle our metal components that have reached the end of their useful life (time expired) ClearFresh re-invests the proceeds by micro financing third world entrepreneurs & small businesses via Kiva (http://www.kiva.org). As the interest free loan is repaid it is again re-loaned and a further recurring investment is made in long term, sustainable opportunities for business people & communities in under developed regions of the world.

Currently, we are part supporters in micro financing the Mahulolo Group in Benin: a group of 5 women led by Micheline, a mother of 2. The Mahulolo Group sells food produce, mainly a mix of corn porridge & a dish made from rice & beans. Due to increasing demand, this group is borrowing to boost their future prosperity.

Previously, we supported the Benkadi li Group in Mali: a collective of ten female farmers aiming to better organize their activities in the lead up to winter, increase yields, and purchase additional farming equipment. UPDATE: This loan was fully repaid ahead of schedule in May 2011. Well done to this group and we hope the success continues!

 

Activated carbon block cartridges are highly effective at reducing sediment, as well as unwanted taste and odour. They are manufactured from a water-washed, coconut carbon formulation and combine with a specially designed absorbent medium for lead and mercury reduction.

According to resources within our technical library & the Water Quality Association, just one gram of activated carbon - due to its high degree of microporosity - has a surface area ranging from 650 to 1300m2. That's 65 to 130 hectares of filtering surface area for just 1 kg of activated carbon. This unique structure enables it to effectively treat Giardia and Cryptosporidium cysts along with chlorine and other particles down to 0.5 microns (1 micron is one millionth of a metre).

Activated Carbon forms the second stage of our ClearFresh twin-stage FloGuard filtration unit. For complete water filtering efficiency, insist on twin stage filtration systems.

 

1: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/13/biochar-could-offset-up-to-12-of-greenhouse-gases-says-study/
2: http://www.nature.com/ncomms/journal/v1/n5/full/ncomms1053.html
3: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terra_preta

A new study on nature.com (link 2) reveals that biochar, a staple of terra preta farming, could be employed to mitigate as much as 12% of the world’s annual carbon emissions.

Ancient Amazonian farmers would make charcoal and bury it in the ground to improve crop yield. These rich black soils – which are three times richer in nitrogen and phosphorous, and contain twenty times the carbon of normal soils – still exist today and we call them terra preta (link 3), which translates as “dark earth”.

Biochar involves the burning of biomass to sequest carbon, which is then placed in the soil where it is held for thousands of years instead of being released into the atmosphere. Carbon-enriched soils hold more nutrients, water, microorganisms and can increase crop yields by up to 250 percent. In turn, this can help to alleviate third world poverty and hunger, and in effect slow deforestation, which comes full circle and again by helping to reduce climate change.

At ClearFresh, we do our part by upcycling our used carbon filters into terra preta soils. Whilst we don't claim specific results, we're encouraged by the opportunity to re-deploy what in the past has been a waste product.

 

Some interesting observations about bottled water. Did you know....

 

Precious Water - facts and figures

Activated Carbon Technology
        
Activated carbon block cartridges are highly effective at reducing sediment, as well as unwanted taste and odour. They are manufactured from

a water-washed, coconut carbon formulation and combine with a specially designed adsorbent medium for lead and mercury reduction.

According to the Water Quality Association, just one gram of activated carbon - due to its high degree of microporosity - has a surface area

ranging from 650 to 1300m2. That's 65 to 130 hectares of filtering surface area for just 1 kg of activated carbon. This unique structure enables it

to effectively treat Giardia and Cryptosporidium cysts along with chlorine and other particles down to 0.5 microns (1 micron is one millionth of a

metre).

Activated Carbon forms the second stage of our ClearFresh twin-stage FloGuard filtration unit. For complete filtration efficiency, insist on twin

stage filtering systems.
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