Sainsbury's go green and clean up their water footprint

Retailer Sainsbury’s have invested in rainwater harvesting and low flush toilets to save 100,000 cubic meters of water annually.
By: EUM Consultants
FORT PARKWAY, U.K. - April 26, 2013 - PRLog -- Retailer Sainsbury’s have invested in rainwater harvesting and low flush toilets to save 100,000 cubic meters of water annually.

Rainwater harvesting and car wash water reclaim systems have saved Sainsbury’s thousands of cubic meters of water in the last 8 years across its stores. The new measures have helped the retailer reduce it operational water use by 50 per cent. The amount of water Sainsbury’s have saved could fill 393 Olympic swimming pools! “It’s great that large retailers are going green, the  more big names that make drastic changes, the more its customers will take going green seriously too, its these large changes that really do make a huge difference” says Mark McAlear, Managing Director of EUM Consultants.

Sainsbury's said the achievement was made by finding and eradicating underground water leaks using automatic meter loggers, they also installed rainwater harvesting in all new stores as standard, and fitted rainwater harvesting units in already existing stores.The retailer said it had also installed water reclaim units at car washes in 66 of its stores, saving 22,674 square meters of water a year, while low flush toilets and pre-rinse spray taps have also helped to save water across its stores. “It isn’t just one project that the retailer have taken on, they have used multiple systems to reduce water usage to make the maximum effect and savings” says Alex Tsimboykas, sales director at EUM Consultants. Sainsbury’s efforts form part of their long term strategy to source water sustainably across all of its stores by 2020.

Sainsbury's Head of sustainability, engineering, energy and environment, Paul Crewe, said the strategy would help the company to reduce its impact on the environment and ensure the long-term sustainability of the business. “Sainsbury’s are planning for the future, they are a step ahead and more stores and chains need to do the same, the environment could change at any point in the future and saving and reducing water could become something everyone has to do, so it makes a lot more sense to take the necessary measures sooner rather than later.” says Mark McAlear, managing director of EUM Consultants.

With most retailers and chains starting to get on board with ‘going green’ by implementing measures to save money, energy and water, it could soon have a positive effect on the planet. If more people get involved and reduce their energy usage, we could be living in a healthier world sooner than originally thought.
Source:EUM Consultants
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