Buying single-use plastic water bottles could soon be seen to be as bad as littering, spitting in public, queue-jumping, and playing loud music on public transport, according to a new survey to mark National Refill Day today (19th June).
As part of the Refill campaign, the public is now being urged to stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and switch to refillable ones to help fight the tide of plastic waste.
Despite the public wanting to take action on plastic pollution, sales of bottled water continue to grow. Sales in the UK hit a record £558.4m in the year to last November, an increase of 7 per cent, according to the latest figures from the market analyst Kantar. According to the Environmental Audit Committee consumption of bottled water has doubled over the last 15 years, with over 7 billion plastic water bottles used each year in the UK.
The UK public can support National Refill Day by switching from single-use, to a reusable bottle and sharing their commitment on social media, by telling the world they’ve #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution.
Natalie Fee, Founder of City to Sea, the organisation behind the Refill campaign said, “it’s been incredible to watch the Refill campaign flourish over the past few years. National Refill Day is something that everyone can get onboard with and has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic we use when we’re out and about. People want to help prevent plastic pollution, and Refill puts the power to do that in their hands.”
National Refill Day was launched last year by City to Sea, as part of the Refill campaign, with the support of Water UK, the organisation representing the main water companies in the UK. People can download the free app to find out where the nearest refill point is or look out for special signs in shop windows.
The number of Refill points listed on the app in the UK has just passed 20,000, including train stations, airports and high street chains like Starbucks, Costa, and Wetherspoons. As part of the activity for National Refill Day it’s been revealed that Greggs, Sweaty Betty, and Parkdean Resorts have recently pledged their support and are now listed on the free Refill app.