In honour of National Refill Day last week, this week’s blog is dedicated to Refill* – an award-winning campaign designed to help you reduce your plastic pollution by making it easier to refill your reusable bottle instead of buying a plastic one.
Where it all began
Refill is a campaign that originates from City To Sea- a not-for-profit organisation campaigning to stop plastic pollution, from city to sea. The organisation originates from a handful of individuals fed up with the amount of plastic litter flowing from Bristol into the Severn Estuary. Now, a team of 20 have enabled campaigns such as Refill, #SwitchtheStick and Plastic-Free Periods
How does Refill work?
Refill’s aim is to have a Refill Station on every high street, where you can fill your reusable bottle and avoid buying any single-use plastic.
If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation.
Shops, cafes and other businesses are welcoming people in to take advantage of their free water, displaying a Refill sticker in the window to act as a ‘welcome’ to people who may be unsure or afraid to ask for a free water refill.
So, what can you do?
• Download the free Refill app. From there, you can find local refill apps in your area and make an active effort to not buy bottled water. If there is a station not already on the map, you can also register this.
• If you’re a business with a publicly accessible tap, you can fill in the online form to **create a free profile on the Refill app map. **
• Start a Scheme in your area. A Refill Scheme is an organised group of individuals who are working in their local community to put Refill Stations on the app-map. Individuals will sign up local businesses, get Refill stickers in windows and encourage people to carry a reusable bottle, hosting local events and chatting to locals to raise awareness.
• Follow Refill on social media and get involved in the **#RefillRevolution **