Paris
08/04/2020

Le Paris de l'Eau zero plastic waste: Eau de Paris launches an Action Tank to fight against throwaway containers

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Following a survey on water consumption in Paris, the public company Eau de Paris launched a Thank Action to fight against throwaway containers.

The results of the survey show that the consumption of bottled water is still frequent:

  • 3⁄4 of Parisian tourists go to buy bottled water during their stay (on average, 2 to 3 bottles are consumed per day and per tourist).
  • 9 out of 10 passers-by know that fountains exist but only 43% say they drink water from the fountains from time to time.
  • During a sports event, 41% of the spectators will buy a drink, and half of these consumers will buy a bottle of water.
  • In addition to this survey, it should be remembered that France is one of the biggest consumers of bottled water with 8.7 billion litres of bottled water each year. This result is paradoxical since the quality of water in France and especially in Paris is one of the best in the world.

The change in practice with the consumption of tap water is a major issue of ecological transition and plastic pollution. This is why Eau de Paris has initiated, with its partners Surfrider Foundation Europe and Gobilab, a call for the mobilization of citizens and professionals to fight against the pollution of single-use plastics. This mobilization has already led to the commitment of nearly 20,000 signatories to reduce their plastic waste, notably by promoting tap water.

In response to the survey on water consumption in Paris, an Action Tank was launched at the end of September to find alternatives to the consumption of bottled water. The challenge is to understand consumer habits and identify specific levers by location and type of consumption to support the transformation of habits.

The Action Tank is structured around 5 thematic committees involving various private and public stakeholders (Paris and Ile-de-France companies, public institutions and users): Hotels and restaurants, Sports and cultural events, Schools and hospitals, Users in public spaces and Administration and offices.

The work of the Action Tank will result by mid-2020 in the publication of recommendations but also in the testing of concrete solutions developed by the committees.