Consumers in the UK use over 35 million plastic bottles each day, yet nearly 16 million of them are not being recycled. That’s a lot of plastic bottles that either end up in the landfill or even worse, are thrown away and end up polluting the environment and the wildlife that lives there.
One of the easiest things you can do is use a reusable water bottle. Not only will this cut down on the amount of plastic you consume, but it will also save you a lot of money. Let’s say you spend 50p on a bottle of water for your lunch every day at work. By the end of the year, you could end up spending £130 on bottles of water alone when you could be drinking the free water that comes through your tap.
So, you’ve filled your water up at the start of the day, but what happens when you’re out and about and you need to refill it?
I’ve been carrying my water bottle around in my bag for years, so I’m used to asking places to fill it up. Everywhere from my local coffee shop to pub has been more than happy to oblige, but I understand that sometimes it can be a little awkward to ask especially if the shop is really busy or there’s a big queue of people waiting to get served.
If you’re still unsure about asking places if they’ll fill up your bottle then Refill might be able to help.
The app aims to make refilling your reusable water bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by helping you to find your nearest refill station. All you need to do is look out for the refill sticker or download their app to track the closest places to you.
It’s not just cafes and restaurants that have become refill stations though. Historic Scotland has signed lots of Scotland’s iconic landmarks too meaning that you’ll now be able to fill up your bottle at places like Craigmillar Castle, Aberdour Castle, Melrose Abbey and Fort George.
It’s a great scheme and certainly makes it a lot easier for fill up when out and about. So next time you’re heading out for the day, throw your reusable water bottle in your bag and look for the Refill logo if you need to top up your water.
If you do happen to come across somewhere that says no, then please let us know. Leave a comment or send us a message on our Plastic Free Scotland Facebook group . We’d love to chat to any businesses about why they should join us and the fight against plastic pollution.