Water’s free – and you’re very welcome to call here at Elterwater Independent Hostel and refill from our outside tap.
In fact, it doesn’t seem so long ago that everyone carried a reusable water bottle. Now we have to mark National Refill Day to prevent millions of single-use plastic bottles from polluting our streets and our oceans.
It’s a public awareness campaign that’s close to our hearts, to encourage people to carry a reusable water bottle – like we all did until recently – and refill on the go.
Throughout the country on Wednesday (June 19) the organisers of the refill campaign, City to Sea, will be asking the public if they’ve #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution by switching from a single-use plastic bottle to a reusable one.
They want to create a new social norm for carrying a reusable water bottle and making sure everyone, everywhere knows how easy it is to find free drinking water with Refill.
So why do we want to join in? Every time someone refills a bottle rather than throwing a plastic one away, we are reducing the amount of plastic that reaches the ocean.
If just 1 in 10 people in the UK refilled just once a week, we’d save around 340 million plastic bottles a year.
So spread the word around, encourage everyone you know to join the scheme, download the app that shows WHERE you can refill – and pop in to say hello while you’re here. Not just on Wednesday, but from now on.