The topic of reducing plastic use has gained huge momentum recently. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. However global efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are just not keeping up.
Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning nearly half (44%) are NOT put in the recycling. This means that nationally, of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day in the UK, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being put out for recycling.
If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!
Water consumption and plastic use was something that was highlighted by Southern Water recently at the Eastleigh Business Conference. They introduced a fantastic scheme that has been initiated, called ‘Refiill’.
Refill is a national, practical water campaign that aims to make refilling your own bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill stations on every street!
The concept is easy:
- Download the Refil App
- Take a reusable drink bottle with you wherever you go
- Drink plenty of water
- When you run out of water and need a refill, visit the app and see where your nearest Refill station is.
- Go to your nearest Refill station and fill up!
We all know that drinking plenty of water is crucial to our health. Not only is good hydration fundamental to general health, but Is a key element to post exercise recovery.
It’s win win, saves you spending money on buying water, makes use of your refillable drinking bottle, saving on plastic!
It’s a small step, but a great one to take!
Download the Refill app here.
Read more about Refill here.