01 Nov The Refill Revolution comes to Pembrokeshire
The Refill Revolution comes to Pembrokeshire
Refill Pembrokeshire is on a mission to make refilling your water bottle as easy, convenient and cheap as possible, by introducing Refill Stations throughout Pembrokeshire, from Manorbier to Solva, Wolfscastle to St Dogmaels.
Refill encourages participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses to sign up to the free Refill app and put a sticker in their window alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to fill up their bottle for free.
City to Sea, a not-for-profit organisation headed by entrepreneur Natalie Fee, launched the award-winning Refill Scheme in 2015. Now being rolled out nationwide with full support of Welsh Government and water companies Dŵr Cymru and Hafren Dyfrdwy, Refill will substantially increase the availability of high quality drinking water. It has never been easier to swap a single use plastic bottle for a free taste of the rolling Welsh mountains.
Hannah Blythyn, Environment Minister said; “More Refill points along our coast will help reduce the number of plastic bottles ending up in the sea, which can have a devastating effect on our marine environment. This is another step towards my ambition of Wales becoming the World’s first ‘Refill Nation’.”
The average adult buys more than 3 plastic water bottles every week – a startling 175 bottles every year per person. In total, some 7.7 billion plastic bottles are bought across the UK each year, resulting in substantial amounts of single-use plastic waste ending up in our oceans.
Hannah Osman, Refill Wales Coordinator said; “Every time we refill a re-useable bottle instead of buying and throwing away a single-use bottle we not only reduce the amount of plastic and fuel being used, we save a bit of money and help clean up our towns and open spaces too. We’re so excited to see the launch of Refill Pembrokeshire which will make it easy to look out for the stickers or check the app to find out where you can refill for free. Through Refill Pembrokeshire we will be able to connect and Refill every community, from coast to hillside”.
Refill Pembrokeshire will be hosting a launch event at The Creative Common, The Old Coach House, Haverfordwest, SA61 1PX on the 7th November at 7pm. We will be looking for interested groups to lead the Refill Pembrokeshire scheme and help us make it a huge success.