An organised group of individuals; one simple aim: to reduce plastic pollution by making it easier for people to reuse and refill their bottle with free tap water. Another proof that individual action can create a global impact to keep Britain (and now other countries too) hydrated and free of plastic pollution. Put your tap on the map and start water refill like a champion!
What started in 2015 in Bristol as a grassroots movement, has now over 70 Refill Schemes across the UK and the Refill Revolution has started to roll out internationally. More than 13,000 water Refill Stations in the UK and almost 80,000 app downloads, Refill is making carrying a reusable bottle and refilling from the tap the new normal.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. Here is the impact of what these water Refill stations have made possible:
Individual action, global impact
As we summarise in the infographic above, today less than 30% of people in the UK drink tap water in a reusable bottle. Just if one in ten Brits refilled every week, we could save over 340 million plastic bottles every year!
The beauty of the water Refill initiative is that it is a community-based movement that has managed to have 70 Refill Schemes across the UK. With the support of businesses, we count with 14,000 water Refill Stations in the UK.
Every time you Refill, we’ll receive a 13p donation from our partners to help fund our work. More than 100,000 people are already using Refill stations. You can too by just downloading the water Refill app on Google Play or App Store.
Become a water Refill Champions
You, an individual or a business, can make a difference. Whether you are running a cafe, bar, gallery or even a bank, you can get involved, so first find out that there isn’t already a scheme in your area by checking out the water Refill Scheme map.
- Bring together a team that will help you run a successful Refill Scheme.
- Sign up local businesses (cafes, galleries, banks etc) as Refill Stations to the Refill app or by using the online form.
- Getting stickers in windows so people know they’re welcome to refill.
- Promote your scheme locally with events such as ‘action days’ or a scheme launch event. Use appropriate channels such as social media or community forums.
- Sign a simple agreement with City to Sea that will outline basic expectations including the area or region your scheme will serve.
- Keep in touch with your Regional Coordinator, who will provide guidance and support, helping you to acknowledge and respond to any specific needs and challenges you may have for the scheme.
Once your station is live, you’ll be ready to welcome thirsty refillers and benefit from increased exposure and footfall as a result.
If you want to keep supporting Refill, The Chilly’s X Refill Bottle is modern and stylish and is designed to combine the convenience of a plastic water bottle, with the high-performance technology and eco-friendly benefits of a traditional flask. It’s BPA free, stainless steel with a double wall insulated to keep things cool for 24 hours, hot for 12. Of course, no leaks or spills. AND! For every reusable water sold, Chilly’s donate £10 to help fund future plastic reducing projects from City to Sea.
Have you been able to refill your bottle in a water Refill station? Comment below, and share your experience with us!