Borough Market’s new drinking den

  Borough Market has installed three new drinking fountains in an attempt to slash plastic waste and become more sustainable. The market is one of London’s top tourist destinations and […]

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By Jonny Bairstow
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Borough Market has installed three new drinking fountains in an attempt to slash plastic waste and become more sustainable.

The market is one of London’s top tourist destinations and thousands pass through it everyday to buy drinks, souvenirs and food.

According to Darren Henaghan, Managing Director of the site, these visitors generate large amounts of rubbish which has in the past typically been sent to landfill.

However, the market is now aiming to go 100% clean, with all packaging sold to be made biodegradable or recyclable.

The water fountains aim to encourage people to bring and reuse their own bottles, rather than relying on single-use plastics which often end up choking the planet’s waterways and oceans.

Plastic bottles make up 10% of all litter found in the Thames and a third of all fish caught in the UK have ingested plastic at some point, meaning that it’s entering the bodies of Borough Market’s fish-lovers too.

We spoke to Mr Henaghan and the public to find out more about the initiative and to see if it was something people could get behind.