Sustainable design must be beautiful

Zip's HydroTap offers filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water using the latest sustainable technology and high-quality design

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Zip’s HydroTap Celsius Arc in chrome.
Zip’s HydroTap Celsius Arc in chrome.

Essential to life, water coves 71% of the world’s surface. It is also well known that 75% of the human brain is water – it regulates the temperature of the body, carries nutrients and oxygen to cells, cushions joints, and protects organs and tissues.

The significance of how we deliver and consume water in the home and workplace is a microcosm of how important water is to the earth and its people. It boils down to the question, how can we provide water in a sustainable way, improving health and quality of life, while looking after this precious natural resource and the planet that depends on it?

Sadly, when it comes to water, the UK is heading down a very unsustainable path. Consumption of bottled water in Britain is over 3.3bn litres a year; a figure that has more than doubled over the past 15 years. In fact, we now drink more bottled water than we do milk. However, for each bottle of water manufactured, its production uses three times the amount of water than what’s in the bottle – staggering. Not to mention the hugely damaging impact of plastic waste on our environment.

If more people had access to pure-tasting highly filtered water in their homes and offices, unsustainable bottled water would become a thing of the past. As such, there’s now a growing demand for mains-fed instant drinking water systems in the UK. As well as being energy efficient and convenient to use, they also boost health and wellness.

  • Kitchen features HydroTap Arc in gold, from Zip’s newly launched range of Platinum finishes.
    Kitchen features HydroTap Arc in gold, from Zip’s newly launched range of Platinum finishes.
  • Zip’s HydroTap Cube in matt black, positioned on kitchen island.
    Zip’s HydroTap Cube in matt black, positioned on kitchen island.
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But it should not be the case that architects have to choose between ethics and aesthetics in this area. Sustainable design must be beautiful – it is the only way to ensure the mass uptake of products and building methods that are beneficial to the environment.

Mindful of this, Zip has developed the HydroTap. A stylish filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water tap, available in various designs and finishes, the WRAS-approved HydroTap removes the need for bottled water with its world-leading filtration – 25 times better than a water filter jug. Furthermore, it houses the latest in advanced energy efficient technology, proving that sustainability and design can indeed be happy bedfellows.

Many water delivery appliances use excess water during the chilling process, but the HydroTap’s state-of-the-art cooling technology uses air rather than water, meaning not even a drop is wasted. Its PowerPulse technology delivers a precise amount of energy to the heating element, ensuring the temperature is maintained, instead of overheating and cooling. Add to this the clever auto-sleep function, which will power down the unit after a period of inactivity, and it’s plain to see why the HydroTap is one of the most sustainable water delivery appliances on the market. 

For Zip, sustainable design means respecting the natural resource we all depend on to create an appliance that is beautiful, enduring, good for people and good for the planet.

For more information and technical support visit: www.zipwater.com

 

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