In a bid to reduce the city’s plastic waste, businesses are backing a trial scheme that allows citizens to refill water bottles for free across London.
From discovering that we’re all consuming plastic every time we drink bottled water to viral videos highlighting the polluting material in the world’s oceans, plastic is quickly becoming one of the biggest environmental scourges on the planet.
Which is why measures to reduce our consumption are starting to take shape in 2018. And the latest is the introduction of London’s water Refill scheme.
Currently operating on a trial basis, 65 outlets in five areas of London will offer free tap water refills to people in a bid to reduce single-use plastic. And so far, businesses such as Costa Coffee and Leon have signed up.
To find out exactly where you can easily refill your own bottle, download the app. To make it simple for all, refill locations across the UK will also advertise the service with stickers in their windows.
Cities such as Bristol and Bath have already trialled the Refill movement with success. “A free tap water scheme is long overdue in London and I welcome all of the retailers and business who have shown their strong commitment to reducing unnecessary plastic waste by joining the scheme,” said Sadiq Khan, mayor of London.
Some of the outlets included in the scheme so far:
- Costa Coffee (in every London shop)
- Tate Modern
- BFI Imax
- Wholefoods Regent Street
One million bottles of water are sold around the world every minute, according to the Guardian. With around 260 billion plastic bottles sold in 2016 across the globe.
The success of trial will be measured by the zoological society of London from now until the summer. With a bigger roll out planned across the country, including the possible introduction of water fountains.
“We all need to try harder to cut the excessive use of single-use plastic bottles, cups and cutlery that can end up pointlessly overflowing our landfill sites, finding their way into our oceans and harming our environment,” Khan said.
Time to invest in an environmentally-friendly water bottle? You can download the app here.