What is Refill Bristol?
Refill Bristol is a project to help eliminate the waste of single use plastic water bottles from Bristol’s streets, the surrounding areas and the oceans by creating a network of free, environmentally friendly, water refill points in publicly accessible spaces and offices. As a Go Green member we would like you to help demonstrate your green credentials by encouraging people to ‘Refill Bristol’ by popping into businesses displaying the Refill sign to fill up reusable bottles for free.
In addition, if you have publicly accessible space, such as a reception area or lobby and you’d like to sign up to become a Refill Station, you can do so by calling Matt at Go Green on 0117 945 8731 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There’s more information available at www.refillablecities.com. If you don’t have any public space, but would still like to be part of Refill Bristol, we can talk to you about installing water points for your staff.
Why is Refill Bristol needed?
The ‘evidence’ for reducing use of plastic bottles is unfortunately abundant; around the banks of the Avon, on our streets and our local beaches; an estimated 20 million tonnes of plastics end up in the ocean every year (Marine Conservation Society UK). In the UK about 35 litres of bottled water are consumed per person per year (British Bottled Water Producer) – that’s over 4 billion bottles of water to be disposed of, with around 17% (tapwater.org) currently being recycled! Less visibly – but just as importantly – tap water has less than 1/200th the carbon footprint of bottled water (Bristol Water).
Project partners Bristol 2015, City to Sea, Frank Water and Go Green would also like to invite you to the official launch of Refill Bristol on Monday 21st September, 6:00pm-7:30pm at Salt Cafe – for a glass of wine (or water!) and some nibbles and to find out more about the background, ambitions and fun interactive campaign we have planned for this project. The event is completely free to attend but spaces are limited to one person per business initially.