Distilled water delivery is essential for events taking place in remote locations, but increasing numbers of shops and cafes are looking for ways to provide it themselves.

This is largely as part of an overall bid to reduce the number of plastic water bottles being used. They have been named an environmental disaster and the number of plastic water bottles being used is increasing all the time.

Plastic water bottles are a particular problem for our oceans, and in this country fewer than 50 per cent of water bottles are recycled.

Now Pret is attempting to reduce the number of plastic water bottles it sells by offering distilled water stations in its stores.

Rolling out the new scheme, the business with initially offer distilled water stations at three veggie stores in London and in eight Pret stores in Manchester

by the end of October,

Bosses are apparently considering an outright ban on plastic bottles, and will be selling refillable glass bottles for people to use when they visit the store.

Pret has made a number of efforts to reduce food waste from its stores in recent years and is now tackling packaging. Plastic packaging on food has already been reduced and recycling has improved since the stores started to provide compartmentalised bins for recyclable waste.

However, plastic bottles had caused more of a problem, revealed the company’s chief executive, Clive Schlee, in a blog on its website.

“Plastic bottles present a real challenge and there are two schools of thought within Pret. The passionate environmentalists say stop selling them altogether, while the pragmatists say make it as easy as you can for customers to use fewer plastic bottles,” he said.