Bonaire strives to be at the forefront of green technology, as it is well known on the island that our nature is a precious natural resource. For many years, the plastic refuse from bottled water has been a detriment, filling up the landfill with trash which will take centuries to bio-degrade. Many recycle plastic waste, but that is costly on a small island. Now there is a new initiative that will remove the plastic waste of bottled water from Bonaire’s waste management and recycling efforts. The Blue Bottle Project is beginning.
Last week saw the introduction of this new, “green” project as a number of waterpoints are being opened around the island as part of a larger project. These waterpoints will be located at bars, resorts, dive shops, and restaurants, and they give the user the possibility to fill up–for free–their Blue Bottles with drinking water with the best water quality.
This is the kick-off for a bigger, more inspiring, project to create awareness by visitors and residents to use more tap water and dramatically decrease the use of plastic bottles. Project manager Rob van Holstein calls the project a PRE-cycling-project and stated:
“We don’t want to act after the crime is done, but we want to take action before the plastic bottle drops on the beach,” referencing the collaboration of several local organizations and companies acting together as stakeholders so that all benefit from the goals.
So how will it work? The Blue Bottle is specially designed for use in the Caribbean, utilizing a vacuum insulated stainless steel bottle (20 fluid ounce/0.6 litre) which has a soft coated, non-drip cool body and will keep drinks cool for at least 12 hours. Even fully filled, it will float when accidentally dropped in the ocean, so recovery is easy. At night you can use it on the porch or balcony as a cup and it will keep drinks frosty cool the whole night. The bottle cap is made of a “green” BPA-free plastic and the bottle is 100% recyclable.
Upon arrival on Bonaire, visitors can purchase the Blue Bottle at the airport or cruise terminal for just $10.00. It will also be available at waterpoints and other locations for $15.00, so there is a savings to jump on board when you first arrive. Waterpoints will be identified by easy-to-see posters. At restaurants and bars, table markers will inform patrons of the free drinking water project. All the information will be in English, Dutch and Spanish.
(Source: The Blue Bottle Project)