It was as if the family had been blessed with their very own wishing well. “My father set about building up the water business, through blood, sweat and tears, mainly focusing on selling water-coolers to offices. But when I took over in 2014, I realised we could do so much more with the brand,” explains Windsor.
Over three million bottles of still and sparkling South Downs Water are now sold every year to luxury hotels, restaurants and cafés in Sussex and Hampshire. It became Goodwood’s estate-wide provider of mineral water in 2018. Being a local supplier, this complemented the estate’s sustainability efforts.
Indeed, sustainability is high on Windsor’s agenda, as it should be. Plans are afoot to reduce the amount of plastic in each bottle by 4g, amounting to a reduction of 15 tonnes over the course of a year. Other eco-initiatives being explored include introducing recycled plastic bottles, reducing the label size and even blowing bottles on site, in a bid to reduce carbon emissions. The company only delivers within a 40-mile radius (anything further afield is sold via resellers) and its glass and plastic bottle suppliers are all based in the UK. It is working towards becoming carbon neutral and plans to generate all its energy through solar panels on site. Windsor has also pledged to send no waste to landfill.
As someone who sells bottled water, Windsor is well aware of the environmental crisis caused by single-use plastic. But just like his father before him, he is looking for solutions.
This article was taken from the Autumn 2019 edition of the Goodwood Magazine.