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Refill, reuse, reduce: super soaker student squad out on campus for one day

Published: 13th November 2019 Last updated: 13th November 2019

Be aware: Wednesday, November 13, a squad of students in black suits will be out on campus with some sort of super soakers on their back. Their message is simple and clear: don't buy a single-use plastic bottle whenever your thirsty, but get a reusable bottle and refill it instead!

Be aware: Wednesday, November 13, a squad of students in black suits will be out on campus with some sort of super soakers on their back. Their message is simple and clear: don't buy a single-use plastic bottle whenever your thirsty, but get a reusable bottle and refill it instead. Reusable bottles are offered in the vending machines and at Albert Heijn already, and are now by Sodexo introduced in the restaurants on campus as well. To make sure you have a smooth start reusing your bottle, for one day the squad will refill your bottle on the spot whenever you bump into them.

Win a Join the Pipe bottle (special edition) for free!
If you don't have a reusable bottle yourself yet, this is also your chance to get a Join the Pipe bottle special edition for free. On Wednesday, November 13, there will be a plastic soup on the library square. The only thing you have to do is to get to the plastic soup and get one of the 20 free bottles out of it?

Not on campus Wednesday 13?
You want that free bottle, but you're not on campus Wednesday 13? Start following the Sustainability Factory on Facebook or Instagram and guess how many bottles are in the plastic soup on the picture. Amongst all correct guesses we will give away 5 bottles too.

Sodexo
The free bottles are offered by Sodexo in cooperation with the Sustainability Factory. Sodexo is the main caterer at Tilburg University. In their practice, Sodexo is constantly looking for sustainable solutions. Recently, they also joined forces with Too Good To Go and more is coming up soon. Stay tuned.

Join the Pipe
The reusable bottles can be recognized by their totally white design with typical Dutch icons. They are BPA-free produced in the Netherlands by Join the Pipe. Join the Pipe tries to tackle the plastic soup by providing reusable bottles and water taps.

What about the other bottles?
Although not manufactured as a reusable bottle yet, the Chaudfontaine water bottles are made of recycled plastic, which is already one step forward. Still, the reusable bottles are an even better option as those reduce waste.

Towards a sustainable university
Tilburg University is committed to a sustainable society by contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The introduction of the reusable bottles touches upon multiple SDG's: 12. Responsible consumption and production, 14. Life below water and 15. Life on land.

Share your thoughts
The change from single-use plastic bottles to reusable plastic bottles is the result of an initiative taken by a student in collaboration with Facility Services, Maas International and Sodexo. Do you also have an idea on how to become more sustainable as a university? Please share your thoughts via sustainabilityfactory@tilburguniversity.edu.