Environment First

Belu is a values-led business. So, it’s how we approach business, as well as what we deliver that differentiates us. The first of our values is to think environment-first, always.

We encourage everyone to use less by choosing tap or filtered water wherever you can. If you need to buy bottled water, we encourage you to make sure it’s the most environmentally-friendly option available.

Consumers are demanding more environmentally responsible packaging solutions than ever before. We help to meet this demand by offering the most sustainable water service option in the market.

Belu is carbon neutral; we commit to future carbon reductions and offset remaining emissions with verified carbon reduction projects to achieve our goals. Since 2010 we’ve reduced our carbon emissions by 48% per litre.

Beautifully British

Sourced in Powys, Wales, with bottles made with UK-sourced raw materials.

Never for export

Our water remains not-for-export outside the UK to minimise our carbon footprint.

Carbon Neutral

The first & only UK water brand to achieve BSI PAS 2060 carbon neutrality standard.

Ethical Glass

Our ethical glass is lightweight and made with at least 35% recycled glass.

Recycled Plastic Bottles

Belu plastic bottles are made 100% from recycled plastic bottles.

100% Recyclable

Our mineral water packaging is 100% recyclable.

Why recycled plastic?

Our position on plastic is that, until a viable and sustainable alternative exists, there will be occasions where plastic is still required. We will continue to strive to increase the amount of recycled content in our bottles and mainly use content from used plastic bottles.

We continue to encourage all customers and potential customers to ‘buy less’, but when they do buy water, to choose Belu. Our lightweight, crushable plastic bottles are made 100% from recycled material and are 100% recyclable. We stand firmly behind the concepts of a ‘closed-loop’ system and the ‘circular economy’.

Why not cans or cartons?

Aluminium cans, while widely recyclable, have a higher carbon footprint up to three times that of recycled plastic.*

Cardboard cartons are typically made of a mixture of materials, including part plastic, and are not collected by all councils in the UK. Only 37% of all cartons sold in the UK are recycled here due to inconsistent collection. They can only be processed in the UK at a dedicated carton recycling plant.

Read more in our latest blog: When the answer to your anti-plastics challenge is in fact, plastic.

What about bio-plastics?

Bio-plastics offer some real advantages over conventional plastics. However, the UK recycling sector is presently not equipped to separate them from PET, which can undermine quality. PLA bioplastic can only be composted commercially at high temperatures.

*based on the recycled content of a typical UK can (68%).

Carbon Reduction

Belu is committed to taking action on climate change.  We do this by replacing high-carbon bottled water with filtered water, reusable bottles, and lower impact bottled water solutions. Our UK sourced, lightweight, high recycled content bottles produce fewer emissions than conventional packaging.

We measure the emissions of our business and products and commit to future carbon emission reductions. We have achieved a 48% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions since 2010.

We offset remaining emissions with high-quality carbon reduction projects in accordance with PAS 2060, the only independent standard of carbon neutrality in the UK, awarded by the British Standard Institution.

During 2018, working with our carbon partners South Pole and EcoAct, we offset our remaining emissions through funding three carbon reduction projects in Vietnam, Kenya and Thailand.

The Chorchaiwat project

The Chorchaiwat project from South Pole mitigates the greenhouse gas emissions from a tapioca starch factory in Thailand by capturing biogas released from wastewater and using it to replace heavy fuel oil in the boilers. The project reduces potent methane emissions and decreases the fuel consumption of the plant by 80%. Local communities benefit from improved air and water quality. Carbon credit revenues have funded social and educational activities and an ambulance for the local emergency service.

The Song Ong

The Song Ong project from South Pole generates electricity from the flow of the river to help stabilise the regional grid, reducing rolling blackouts and power cuts in Southern Vietnam. As well as providing an alternative energy source to the burning of fossil fuels, the project has helped improve existing infrastructure by laying 11km of new roads. Fifty-five permanent jobs have been created for project operation, boosting the local economy.

Paradigm Water Purification project

Families living in rural areas of Kenya’s Rift Valley, Nyanza and Western Province have benefited from the Paradigm Water Purification project from EcoAct. 18,500 water purification dispensers have been distributed through this project, delivering safer water to 2.4 million people.

Read more about our environmental initiatives and sustainability achievements in our Impact Reports.