Aqua Libra launched London’s first Waste Shark in Middle Dock at Canary Wharf, on 14 March 2023, in partnership with the Canary Wharf Group. The Waste Shark is a marine robot designed to be harmonious with the environment, which will clear plastic waste from the area’s bodies of water whilst collecting data to improve the surroundings.
Aqua Libra is committed to tackling plastic waste and is developing technology aimed at providing healthier and more sustainable ways to buy and consume beverages.
There is still a massive global environmental plastic waste problem, and launching the Waste Shark is designed to show that ways to address both sides of this problem can be done on a local level, right now.
Aqua Libra’s technological breakthrough – the Flavour Tap - was launched last year. The tap, which serves still, sparkling and flavoured water, provides a sustainable option for workplaces, hospitality and retail.
Flavour Tap eliminates the need for single use plastic and supporting customers in their own sustainability commitments, whilst delivering tasty drinks with no calories or preservatives.
The average workplace uses 23,000 single use bottles a year, despite the fact that the majority of people own a reusable water bottle. Over its life time, the Flavour Tap will eliminate the need for up to 500,000 plastic bottles and we are delighted to be sharing its dedication to the environment with the launch of the Aqua Libra Waste Shark in Canary Wharf to help rid waterways of plastic waste and make sure the plastic collected is recycled and reused.
The Waste Shark can travel up to 5km through water and collect up to 500 kg of plastic waste (equivalent to 22,700 plastic bottles) per day, microplastics and other pollutants as it guides itself through the water. Created by RanMarine Technology, the Waste Shark is designed to benefit the environment by ‘eating waste’ which is then recycled to live on again where possible, in addition to collecting data about the quality of water it roams. It produces no carbon, noise or light pollution as it travels, and poses no threat to wildlife. Aqua Libra is proud to be partnering with Canary Wharf Group to spearhead the arrival of the WasteShark to London.
The commitment by Aqua Libra and Canary Wharf Group to tackle plastic waste through the launch of the WasteShark follows the arrival of Aqua Libra’s Flavour Tap in the area’s M&S retail store in Jubilee Place and filtered water system in Hawksmoor Wood Wharf.
The Aqua Libra Flavour Tap supports the brand’s guarantee for consistently pure tasting water, sourced as close to where it’s consumed as possible, and eliminates the need for 99% of all packaging use. It offers a new solution within the healthy hydration market, providing consumers with a sustainable and tasty drink option.
‘Ensuring packaging never becomes waste is a core part of our vision, and we are excited to be bringing the brilliantly innovative WasteShark technology to London in partnership with the team at Canary Wharf Group to help tackle plastic pollution in this revolutionary way. At Aqua Libra, we are working with brilliant minds to invent new ways to consume delicious drinks without the need for plastic bottles and we’re excited about the development of our Flavour Tap. We have big ambitions, but we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re partnering with Canary Wharf Group and WasteShark, as well as being proud partners of the Blue Earth Summit, a purpose-led movement towards positive change for our world. We hope that at this year’s Blue Earth Summit event, we can inspire more businesses to take the step towards helping our environment with the results from the WasteShark.’
Steve Potts, Managing Director, Britvic Beyond the Bottle
The launch of the marine robot is the brand’s next step on its mission to tackle the issue of plastic waste in London, which will hopefully encourage consumers to make small changes in their everyday lives to recycle more.
Sophie Goddard, director of sustainability, Canary Wharf Group, added: “We aim to transform urban spaces into extraordinary environments which work for nature as well as people.
As part of this we are so pleased to be launching the WasteShark in partnership with Aqua Libra. This innovative marine technology will help us to tackle waste and maintain the environment".
At Aqua Libra Co, we are dedicated to providing tasty, healthy and sustainable hydration, and we are on a mission to become the world’s most sustainable water brand with the innovative Flavour Tap.
Our range of infused sparkling waters, we are reinventing water with options that prove a future free of single use packaging is possible.
Are you ready to make the change? If you’d like to know more about the Flavour Tap, or would like to book a demo, give us a call on 0800 080 6696 or email Book a Flavour Tap Demo (aqualibra.com)