\'water from air\' aims to turn back thailand\'s tide of plastic
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On 2015, Megan Klingen stayed at a hotel in Koh Samui, Thailand, and she noticed that four bottles of water given to her every day blocked her trash can.
Outside her door, Chaweng beach was covered with garbage.
Just then, she had a \"light\" with the Kohler brothers Ryan and Matthew\"bulb moment”.
\"Instead of trying to solve the problem by cleaning the beach every day, it\'s better to look for the root of the problem and take the plastic bottle away,\" Kerrigan said now 31.
In 2016, three people set up a startup on the basis of the Thai resort Phuket, general Water.
In January 2017, they worked with Marriott, the world\'s largest hotel brand, to come up with a sustainable alternative to plastic bottles that will be commercially competitive and meet the needs of resorts and authorities.
Two years later, South Africa-
The born entrepreneur explained the working principle of the pilot water plant at JW Marriott Resort & Spa in mccula beach, next to the slogan \"save water and drink Air\" and \"100% from air.
Here, in the sultry heat, the two water generators draw steam from the air, which will condense into water when it hits the cold coil.
Water drops into the tank can rise 4,000 liters a day.
Filter, add minerals, and place in reusable glass bottles.
These rooms are located at JW Marriott Phuket and nearby Renaissance Phuket resort, with a total of 445 rooms.
Two nearby Marriott resort clubs are also tracking bottled water.
The move is part of a broader effort to cut plastic bottles in Koh Tao, which is popular in the hospitality industry and a major issue in Asia and its tourism hotspots.
Tap water is not safe in many parts of Asia, so hotel guests can get free water, mainly plastic bottles.
According to US statistics, 60% of the plastic found in the ocean comes from five Asian countries, including Thailand. S. -based non-
Marine Water Conservancy group.
In 2017, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific organized a forum to encourage sustainable water management of holiday islands.
In Phuket, half the size of Hong Kong, more hotels are being built and water is in short supply.
Trucks are driving on crowded roads as resorts without their own catchment areas will take water from the reservoir.
Phuket is the number one city destination in the world in 2017, with 11.
According to data from Euromonitor international, a global research firm, 6 million international tourists arrived.
In response to the environmental impact of this influx, nearly 70 hotels at the Phuket Hotel Association have promised to cut plastic bottles and straws by the end of 2019.
Since Marriott began producing its own water four months ago, the chain says it has blocked more than 100,000 plastic bottles from entering landfill sites or oceans.
The company plans to extend the program to all Marriott resorts in southern Thailand, with a total of 4 million glass bottles distributed.
Carsten Siebert, director of operations at Marriott International Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar, said the company understands that \"Given our expanding global footprint, it has a greater responsibility to operate responsibly \".
The chain\'s goal is to reduce the water consumption per room by 20% between 2007 and 2020. ‘CLIMATE-
The positive \"water in the air\" technology consumes 78% less energy than producing standard bottled water, with a lower carbon footprint and about a third cheaper, Generation water said.
\"The good thing is that it\'s starting to get affordable,\" says Matthias Y . \".
Sutter, general manager of JW Marriott Phuket.
The system also does not rely on taking water from the ground, rivers or lakes.
\"We don\'t need to invest in land to get our own water,\" Kanokwan Homcha said . \"
Aim, corporate social responsibility manager at the same Marriott hotel.
Since the launch of bottled water in September, the guests here have responded positively and are pleased that \"eventually a big brand has taken action,\" she said \".
They also like the taste here.
Sydney lawyer Michael Lawson, sitting at the bar in the lobby of Sala Sawasdee, said his children were \"very picky\" about the water \".
\"But it was very refreshing and they were fighting for it in the room,\" he said . \".
Downstairs at Siam Deli, a teenage student from Melbourne, Jeremy Feldman, says it\'s better than running water at home.
One of the challenges for generating water is to explain the science behind this technology.
For example, many guests ask about air pollution.
But the water collected is clean at first, and the technology still works if the air is contaminated because only water condenses, not air or its contaminants, said Ryan Kohler.
He added that as human activities emit more greenhouse gases, the atmosphere is warming, causing more water to evaporate, which further increases the \"vicious cycle\" of the air \". The water-from-
The air system helps reduce this steam, Kerrigan said, adding that it has no effect on rainfall.
The Thai Food and Drug Administration approved daishui in last August and the company is currently expanding.
It is building a plant in Phuket that will use solar energy to create a \"climate-
Positive \"water, produce more than 20,000 liters of water every day by the end of the year.
Nine Marriott resorts in Phuket and 30 others are signing up.
Daishui is now looking at other parts of Thailand and is talking to hotels in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and Maldives, Koehler said.
It also sells small water production units that can be used in homes, offices, classrooms and yachts.
The the company of target is to 2021 the end of every year stop 1 billion 500 ml a plastic bottles into the garbage landfill and Ocean
It is equivalent to 3,000 hotels offering 250 rooms.
As for the Marriott hotel staff in Phuket, they \"have no excuse now,\" Homcha said\"aim.
Their company\'s birthday present will be a reusable tumbler that they can fill with \"water in the air.