City to Sea commissioned a One Poll survey which shows that 85% of the public are worried about the impact of plastic pollution in the environment. It's estimated that we use 7.7 billion plastic water bottles every year in the UK. That works out as the average person using 150 a year - that's over 3 a week. A lot of these bottles then get discarded, ending up polluting our oceans and rivers. It's a huge concern for us here at Northern Diver too. Plastic pollution is ending up destroying habitats and affecting the wildlife that we so love to see on a dive - and we know you love it too.
After finding out these stats, City to Sea and Water UK (the trade body for companies supplying our tap water) joined forces in January this year to promote and expand the reach of the award-winning campaign, Refill. So...
Today is the first ever National Refill Day in the UK. The scheme is designed to encourage you to ditch single-use plastic bottles for a refillable one. We're supporting National Refill Day, and like Water UK, we're asking if you've #GotTheBottle to stop plastic pollution? By switching from a single-use plastic bottle to using a reusable one.
Water UK and Refill are urging you, the UK public, to join the growing number of people switching to a reusable bottle instead of buying bottles of water in shops. Of the people City to Sea surveyed this month, 80% now use a reusable water bottle, at least sometimes. Of these people, 44% made the switch in the last 2 years, 18% switched in the last 12 months.
You can get involved with National Refill Day by downloading the free app, carrying your reusable bottle and refilling on the go. Share your involvement on social media using #NationalRefillDay and #RefillRevolution.
Thirsty? Fill up for free in one of over 20,000 friendly Refill Stations around the country. You can either use the ‘Refill app’ or look for the Refill sticker in shops, cafés and businesses. The Refill app is location based so you'll easily be able to find the refill station closest to you. Thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces using a free app. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle, even without a purchase.