July 7, 2022

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The environmental toll of plastic waste

Plastic pollution has received widespread attention in recent years, with large campaigns against plastic launched by the UN, EU, and other international fora.  The main driver of these initiatives has been the unsettling news on the amount of plastic entering the water bodies, studies on the presence and potential danger of microplastics, and images of marine life dying due to plastic ingestion. Plastic is easy and inexpensive to produce, but it is also hard to decompose naturally. The unavoidable rise in waste that needs to be controlled goes hand in hand with the exponential expansion in plastic manufacturing. Plastic waste is thus a manmade issue that has started to overwhelm management systems, harming the ecosystem and possibly endangering human health. Research by the Plastic Disclosure Project, Trucost, and the United Nations Environment Program, demonstrates that the annual natural-capital cost of plastic in the consumer goods sector alone is $75 billion. In a bid to phase out single-use plastic items by 2022, India has banned the manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale, and use of identified single-use plastic items with low utility and high littering potential from July 1, 2022.

Companies are aware of the plastic problem, and many are taking steps to decrease unnecessary plastic use or introduce items made of recycled plastic on the market. Commercial spaces are also increasingly employing commercial water purifiers to get clean water instead of using bottled water. By adopting other traditional methods such as the use of commercial water purifiers to store and deliver safe water to staff and customers, many organizations are taking measures to limit their use of plastic, decrease their waste and save money in the process.

What happens after the ban? Plastic alternatives for businesses

Here are a few steps firms may take to break their dependence on plastic, including using different plastic substitutes for everyday things.

Alternatives to plastic bags

Since plastic bags have been the subject of numerous current prohibitions, consumers are accustomed to this change. Cotton or canvas tote bags are arguably the most popular reusable alternatives, and many companies now sell them.

Green Deliveries

Delivery of goods is a common occurrence in our daily lives and is frequently essential to the smooth running of an organization. To cut down on the number of deliveries needed, choose green couriers, select green time slots, and place larger orders. Preserve the packaging. Keep it for when you need to courier something out, rather than tossing it and having to buy more wrapping that is delivered to your door surrounded in yet more plastic wrapping.

 Bottled Water/Packaged drinking water and associated waste

Although the ban does not include bottled water at this time, the fact remains that bottled water or packaged drinking water does cause a lot of plastic waste. Before the ban widens to include these in the future, it may be wise to look for suitable and superior alternatives. Furthermore, bottled water might not be as safe as you believe. Numerous harmful compounds found in plastic bottles leach into the water, making it unsafe to drink. Purchasing bottled water is also expensive and adds to the operation cost. Bottled water is not the healthiest option to meet the drinking water needs of commercial establishments. Considering these facts, it is advisable to move to commercial water purification systems even before the ban is widened in the future.

As awareness of environmental sustainability and the negative effects of plastic usage grows, more organizations are exploring alternatives to bottled water. One of the most well-liked substitutes for bottled water is the use of commercial water purifiers to produce water of bottled water quality on-demand at the site.


Regardless of how effective the commercial RO may claim to be, there are things that can go wrong.

RO membranes are susceptible to biofouling and build-up of pathogens which in due course move to the permeate side through tiny holes that develop with this biofouling process. Gaskets and sealings are other weak areas. They tend to become brittle and crack allowing leaks to contaminate the permeate. In both scenarios, bacteria and other pathogens enter the treated water (permeate) and swiftly grow, polluting it. RO systems frequently fail as a result of consumables being depleted or choked prematurely. In many cases, these problems go unnoticed till the Commercial RO water plant either stops working or fully shuts down. Commercial establishments are stuck without water and rely on getting bottled water as a temporary fix. For the owner, this is a stressful period, with unexpected expenses, and loss of revenue. There may be serious PR repercussions if customers fall sick due to this. The biggest problem today, following a substantial financial investment in a Commercial RO water purifier, is the complete lack of any monitoring system that conveys that the water is 100% and absolutely pure at all times.


Cloudtap, a revolutionary commercial RO + UV water purification system powered by the internet and artificial intelligence, is here to put an end to the problems described above. Cloudtap can deliver high-quality water that is as good as or better than bottled water with 100% reliability.

Here’s how Cloudtap’s Internet Water is better than bottled water.

Protects the health of your employees and customers

Business owners are concerned about providing safe drinking water, and Cloudtap places utmost priority on doing so. Cloudtap's fail-safe pathogen removal technology (PRISM™) scans the water for pathogens that cause disease. Each drop of water that comes out of the Cloudtap commercial water purifier plant is pure and meets USFDA and EPA disinfection guidelines.

24x7 check on water quality

As a business owner, you can easily check the purity of the water of your Cloudtap RO+UV commercial water purification system by logging into a dashboard that tracks installation and purity 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Reduced downtime, saving time and money

Cloudtap is an IoT and AI-based smart water management device that features 15 built-in sensors that continuously collect important data for analysis by AI-based algorithms. By doing so, potential problems can be anticipated before they result in failure or downtime. Predictive maintenance is then carried out, and this timely intervention helps prevent undue delays, thereby delivering uninterrupted service 24/7, which helps reduce revenue loss. This ends the never-ending line of communication between you and the sellers of bottled water in case of a shutdown

Cloudtap – the smart alternative to bottled water and associated plastic use.

Installing Cloudtap is a smart move for commercial organizations that experience a lot of footfall. Cloudtap, a commercial RO + UV water purification system not only provides purified water but also saves money. The high purification capacity of this smart water purifier ensures that you never run out of pure water, even during peak hours. Most importantly, in the days leading to increased awareness of plastic waste and environmental sustainability, Cloudtap comes as a refreshing, environment-friendly, and completely reliable alternative to age-old commercial RO plants and cumbersome management of bottles.  Visit our website to find out more about Cloudtap and call the Cloudtap expert today to find out how to save money and the environment.

- Written By Anushri Jain

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