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Join the #RefillRevolution

Join the #RefillRevolution

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 **

So get out there and get Refilling! Swansea University, Greggs and Glastonbury Festival some examples of businesses and organisations joining the #RefillRevolution – who will be next?