Heart opt for environmental approach

Melbourne Heart FC has opted for an environmentally friendly approach to the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League season through Yarra Valley Water’s ‘Choose Tap’ initiative.

Melbourne Heart FC has opted for an environmentally friendly approach to the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League season through Yarra Valley Water-s ‘Choose Tap- initiative.

The move will see Melbourne Heart ditch plastic bottled water and instead use tap water to refill their drink bottles, in a bid to increase awareness of the health and environmental benefits of choosing tap water.

‘Choose Tap- aims to promote tap water as a positive alternative to bottled water, giving Melburnians the opportunity to enjoy a healthy, environmentally friendly and low-cost community lifestyle.

Melbourne Heart used 9014 bottles of water throughout the 2012-13 season, with 50 per cent ending up as landfill - statistics which made the switch to ‘Choose Tap- an easy decision for the Club-s CEO Scott Munn.

“The move to Choose Tap is not only the best choice for our health, but also the environment,” Munn said.

“Tap water is simple and easy to access and provides players with the necessary hydration throughout the intense pre-season and the hot summer months during the A-League season.”

Melbourne Heart has appointed goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne, an avid environmentalist, as the ambassador of the project.

“I-m delighted to be part of this partnership which promotes the sustainable use of water, as it is something I am very passionate about,” Redmayne said.

“The players all need to hydrate correctly before and after training and the best way to do that is to choose tap due to the economical and environmentally friendly benefits.”

There are only five cities in the world that source tap water from protected natural catchments and Melbourne is one of them.

Yarra Valley Water Managing Director Tony Kelly said it-s great to have Andrew Redmayne as a “Choose Tap” ambassador, as hydration is crucial for sporting, mental and academic performances at all levels.

“Our bodies are 70 per cent water, and staying hydrated is essential for good health and performance in all areas of life, from the sporting arena to the office or classroom.

“People can lose between one and two litres of water an hour in sweat just doing moderately hard exercise, so it is important to choose tap throughout the day as well as when engaging in any activities,” Kelly said.

“In Australia we have the luxury of quality tap water, yet despite this we spend more than $500 million a year on bottled water, which contributes to major environmental problems.”

For more information on the Choose Tap program visit: www.yvw.com.au/choosetap