Looking to quench your thirst with some bottled water? You've come to the right place! In this buying guide we look at the different types of water and the benefits of each, as well as the various bottles sizes and whether glass or plastic is best. If you need help choosing please do get in touch.
Mineral or Spring?
Mineral water comes from underground sources. It contains various minerals and trace elements, which are naturally present in the water. These minerals can give the water a distinct taste and provide potential health benefits. If you're looking for a refreshing drink that offers some extra minerals, mineral water might be the way to go.
Spring water also comes from underground sources, but it doesn't have the same mineral content as mineral water. Spring water is typically collected from a natural spring, and while it may still contain some minerals, they aren't as abundant as in mineral water. Spring water is often cherished for its pure, crisp taste. It's a great choice if you prefer a clean and refreshing sip without too much mineral flavour.
Still or Sparkling?
Still water is, well, still! It doesn't have any added carbonation, so it's simply flat water – no bubbles. If you enjoy a smooth drink without the fizz, still water is the way to go. It's perfect for staying hydrated during workouts, quenching your thirst on a hot day, or simply enjoying with a meal.
On the other hand, sparkling water is infused with carbon dioxide gas, which creates those delightful bubbles. If you're a fan of that fizz and enjoy the sensation of sparkling bubbles dancing on your tongue, sparkling water is the way to add some pizzazz to your hydration routine. It's a fantastic choice if you're looking for a refreshing alternative to sugary sodas or if you want to mix up your mocktails with a bit of effervescence.
Glass or Plastic?
When considering the environmental benefits of buying plastic bottled water compared to glass bottled water, it's important to note that the topic is complex and opinions may vary.
Generally lighter in weight compared to glass bottles, so there’s less energy required for transportation, resulting in lower carbon emissions during shipping. It also means that less fuel is needed for delivery trucks, contributing to reduced fuel consumption and potentially lower environmental impact.
Can be more easily recycled than glass bottles in some regions. Used bottles can be turned into new plastic products.
The recycling process for plastic bottles often consumes less energy compared to glass bottle recycling.
Plastic waste is a significant concern globally due to its durability and slow decomposition rate. Plastic bottles can contribute to litter, marine pollution, and harm to wildlife if not properly managed and recycled. While recycling rates for plastic bottles are improving, many bottles still end up in landfills or as litter.
Glass is a highly recyclable material and can be endlessly recycled without losing its quality. The recycling rate for glass is generally higher than that of plastic bottles.
The material itself does not contribute to marine pollution or harm wildlife in the same way that plastic does.
Glass is made from abundant and naturally occurring materials like sand, limestone, and soda ash. Unlike plastic, which relies on fossil fuels as a raw material, glass production has a lower impact on non-renewable resources.
Producing plastic bottles requires less energy and resources compared to glass bottles. The extraction and processing of raw materials for glass production can be more energy intensive.
Which water does Paperstone stock?
We stock a wide range of water, including popular brands like Harrogate, Evian, Volvic, and Radnor.
Whether you’re looking for more convenient plastic bottles, to make a good impression on clients with glass bottles, or wanting to try out canned water - we can help.
We also stock flavoured water for those who like a fruity twist while staying hydrated.
330ml and 500ml: perfect for being on-the-go, or putting in your meeting rooms to make sure everyone is kept hydrated throughout the day, without the need for decanting into glasses.
750ml and 1.5L: perfect to pour from, whether you’re keeping hydrated at your desk, or keeping staff members and clients hydrated in meetings.
10L bag in a box: these can easily sit on the edge of a countertop or table, and the pouring tap makes it easy to fill up your bottles or glass.
15L: these bottles are generally for use in water dispensers, which can be purchased on our website. They can also be bought for when you want a bigger supply of water and can be decanted accordingly based on your needs. They come with a handle at the top to make them a bit easier to work with.