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'London on Tap' Tap top carafe

Thames Water Announce Winner Of ‘London On Tap’ Carafe Competition

Industrial designer Neil Barron has been announced the winner of the ‘London on Tap‘ competition to design a stylish sustainable carafe for London’s bars, restaurants and businesses. His design, which from above looks like the top of a tap, hence the name, will be available in clear and frosted versions, and later this year in blue and green.

The winning design for the ‘London On Tap’ carafe, which will be mass produced from recycled glass by London based company Nazeing Glass, was announced by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson and came top out of 115 submitted designs, of which 10 were shortlisted. Thames Water launched the competition in May 2008 in conjunction with the Crafts Council with three main aims. They wanted to promote tap water use in the capital as a sustainable, green alternative to bottled water, remove the perceived stigma attached to asking for tap water when eating out, and encourage bars and restaurants to serve tap water as standard.

Boris Johnson commented,

“I am delighted that the new ‘London On Tap’ carafe is now available. This campaign has been a great success, not only has it highlighted the talent of the designers we have here in the capital, but Londoners can feel empowered to ask for London’s finest tap water rather than bottled varieties. This reduces waste and helps to cut our emissions in the capital.”

London on Tap already has support from a number of businesses and restaurants that have joined the campaign to promote London’s tap water. Aldo Zilli has put in orders for the carafe to use in his restaurants, Zilli Fish and Signor Zilli. He said,

“Environmental issues are something extremely close to my heart and I was shocked to hear about the wasteful nature of the bottled water industry.  I fully support efforts to make the restaurant industry kinder to the planet and have really enjoyed being involved in the ‘London On Tap’ initiative.”

As well as helping reduce bottled water consumption and increase the profile of tap water, £1 from the sale of each carafe will be donated to the charity WaterAid in order to help provide clean safe drinking water for developing countries around the world.


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