Aside from the very obvious reduction in plastic waste (did you know a 5 gallon bottle has 6 parts that ALL need to be recycled separately? The bottle, the plastic cap, the foam seal, the glue for the seal, the plastic hygiene wrap and the plastic cover seal!)
Most companies within the U.A.E. import their 5 gallon plastic bottles (mainly due to demand not being met in country), not using 5 gallon bottles will negate the need to transport via sea and land.
ANY plastic bottle (5 gallon or otherwise) has to be delivered to you the consumer either via a retail store or to your front door or office via a bottled water company. This is very energy intensive and extremely bad for the environment.
Let’s look at the road map of a 5 gallon plastic bottle for example- Company `A` buys it, this bottle is produced and shipped to the U.A.E, it arrives at Company `A`s location via road, it is then washed and cleaned and then filled with desalinated sea water (a very labour intensive process in itself) (now remember you home or office ALREADY has desalinated water via the local municipality supply), the bottle is loaded onto a delivery truck, this truck delivers to your location, the empty bottle is collected and returned for the whole process to begin again.
Now think, that is only one bottle for one delivery, you probably have a minimum of one delivery a week (if residential, even more if commercial), that`s approximately 48 to 52 deliveries per year. Now take a large bottled water company and multiply that one delivery by 60 (avg daily deliveries of a truck) by 6 (days of the week) and now by 52 weeks (in a year) and by say 300 (number of truck on the road each day), that works out at around 5.6 million deliveries per year and that’s just one large bottled company……………there are in excess of 100 5 gallon companies in the UAE!