Refill is a practical tap water campaign that aims to make refilling your bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible by introducing refill points on every street. We know water fountains can be expensive to install and maintain, so now friendly cafes, shops, hotels and businesses are welcoming you in to refill your water bottle – for free!
Why carry a bottle with you? Single-use plastic bottles are expensive to produce, use up valuable natural resources to make and transport and create mountains and mountains of waste once we’ve gulped down the contents. And recycling’s not the answer either, here in the UK an estimated 800 plastic bottles a MINUTE are either ending up in landfill or as litter, which will too often make its way into our waterways and out to sea.
Who’s already doing it? After a successful city-wide launch in 2015 in Bristol, there are now over 200 refill points across Bristol’s city centre. Thanks to some funding from Bristol 2015 and a fantastic team of volunteers you never need to buy bottled water again in centra Bristol – so long as you’ve got your bottle with you. Other towns cities are now adopting the Refill model and will be launching later in 2016!
Our campaign builds on Keep Britain Tidy’s ‘Bude Refill‘ brand, a project initiated by their Beach Care programme in 2014 to create a Bude Bottle and reduce plastic bottle pollution on Bude’s beautiful beaches. Funds raised from bottle sales go to ‘Save Bude Seapool’ and so far the scheme has sold over 3000 bottles – that’s an estimated 300,000 single-use plastic bottles saved!
How does it work? Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle – for free!
News for 2016
The City to Sea team recently won a place on the Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Programme to sustainably scale the Refill model across the UK. Read more about it here …
Refill Bristol is partnering with Bristol Water this year to help spread the Refill message far and wide! We’ll have an app too which will launch later this year, but for now, zoom into our map and find a tap!
Participating Venues in Bristol
Retailers / Businesses: I’m in – sign me up as a refill station!
Volunteers: I want to get involved with Refill!
Cities / Towns: We want to be a refillable city too!
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Haven’t got the bottle? Here our some of our favourites.
Bristol Water have brought out a limited edition ‘Refill Bristol’ bottle for Summer 2016. It’s stainless steel with a bamboo lid, plus every bottle comes with a handy carabiner so you can clip it onto your bag, buggy or belt!
Bristol’s water charity, FRANK Water funds life changing access to safe drinking water and sanitation for some of the poorest people in the world. In the UK, FRANK Water sells refillable water bottles to individuals, companies, festivals and events. All profits fund safe water projects. Order FRANK Water refillable water bottles and coolers here.
Profits from the sale of these beautiful Jerry bottles go to water projects around the world. Their projects are conceived, planned, implemented and developed in ways that work for local people. Shop for their stainless steel Pure Range here.