​Join the #RefillRevolution across the Nation!

by Sarah Ryman Water Sustainability Spotlight on Waste Author - Alice C Doyle

The first ever National Refill Day launches Thursday 27th September. Have you got the bottle to show the world how easy it is to find free tap water on the go, save money and stop plastic pollution at source?

What is Refill?

Refill is a national tap water campaign run by Bristol-based City to Sea. The campaign aims to make refilling water bottles as simple, easy and cheap by introducing Refill stations on every street.

Oceans and Waterways around the World need our help! Each year 13 million tonnes of plastic is leaking into the world’s oceans, being ingested by sea birds, fish, and other organisms, harming the environment and our health. According to research by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation by 2050, the ocean will contain more plastic by weight than fish. So why not join the #RefillRevolution, be empowered, and help stop plastic pollution at source.

How do I Refill?

Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply put a Refill sticker in their window – alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle – for free!

Or you can simply download the Refill app and find your nearest venue on the go. The Refill app is free to download and works by connecting people who are looking for water with thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces where they can Refill for free, reducing the need for people to buy single use plastic water bottles.

Since the Refill app launched in 2016, there are now over 75,000 downloads and 12,000 Refill Stations signed up including railway stations, airports and high street chains such as Costa, Starbucks and Wetherspoons. If all Refill stations are used just ONCE a day, together we’re stopping around 4 million plastic bottles at source in a year!

In Brighton and Hove there are over 200 participating venues from beach huts to comedy clubs, all of whom will fill your water bottle for free. And the network is continually expanding due to the swat team of Refill volunteers that have supported Refill Brighton for over a year to make it one of the largest Refill schemes in the country.

So why not join National Refill Day and make carrying a reusable bottle the norm. And lets spread the word to make sure everyone, everywhere, knows how easy it is to find and Refill with free, quality tap water.

Make your Refills count

With the new app, you can help support projects all over the UK. All you need to do is pop into your nearest Refill station, fill up your bottle and register your refill so you can measure your impact. You’ll now be able to build your own personal profile to measure the environmental impact your actions — and see the number of bottles you’ve saved, the carbon emissions saved from plastic production and how much you’ve raised to go towards future plastic reducing projects from City to Sea.

Not only that but you can fundraise 13 pence with the tap of your finger, as every Refill logged in the app 13 pence will be donated to Refill by our generous partners (kicking off with Water UK) to help fund City to Sea’s vital campaigning work to tackle plastic pollution at source!

Want to know more?

Why not come and meet the Brighton Refill Team from the Brighton Peace and Environment Centre, on Thursday 27th at the Open Market. They will be showing everyone how to download the app, and updating on the latest Refill news.

If you can't make the National Refill Day, you can find Refill Brighton giving a talk at an Environmental Action Event on Saturday the 29th September.

Help spread the word

Tell the world you’ve got the bottle to stop plastic pollution at source. #RefillStation #RefillRevolution #NationalRefillDay

Download the FREE Refill app. Google play Apple store

Tell everyone you support the National Refill Day, and encourage them to carry a reusable bottle on September 27th & Refill on the go. (poster and sample social media attached)

Show your support on social media using #RefillRevolution & tell the world you’ve got the bottle to reduce plastic pollution by refilling on the go with the free Refill app.

Alice Doyle - Refill Coordinator from Brighton Peace and Environment Centre

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