Water Refills: How Your Business can Help Save our Planet and Reduce Plastic Waste

By SME Insurance

Posted 27/09/18

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Today is National Refill Day, a day to think about our effect on the world and how we can reduce it. It’s also another day when up to 35 million bottles will be used in the UK – and less than half recycled [1]. In fact, today alone an estimated 700,000 bottles will end up as litter [2].  

City to Sea, a non-profit organisation focused on reducing plastic waste, is asking businesses to help by offering free tap water to people with reusable bottles. Because if just one in ten of us reused a bottle once a week we’d save an incredible 340 million bottles from landfill every year [3].

Imagine if we stopped using them altogether?

In recent years the effect of plastic waste on our environment has come to national – and international – attention more than ever before. The world’s oceans contain over 150 million tonnes of plastics, which are causing the death of over a million sea mammals and sea birds every year [4]. It’s not just the effect on the environment that we need to worry about, as toxins from the plastic are contaminating our own food and drinking water [5].

If you run a high street business you can help by joining City to Sea’s “Refill” movement and registering as a refill station. All you’ll need is a publically accessible tap – making it particularly easy for businesses such as cafes and bars to take part.  

This needn’t be a fully altruistic pursuit. Turning pavement traffic into footfall is important for high street businesses [6], and having a sign up to promote yourself as a water refill spot might make you look more inviting. There’s also a Refill app which will show thirsty users where the nearest refill point is, bringing them directly to your door.

Think about how your business might turn this increased traffic in to new customers!

That aside, businesses have a responsibility to their community and the environment these days and
joining Refill is an easy way to take part in your local community and help protect the world.

 Sources

[1] https://medium.com/refill-community/the-problem-with-plastic-6d2e2337bfef

[2] https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/339/339.pdf

[2] https://medium.com/refill-community/the-problem-with-plastic-6d2e2337bfef

[4] https://www.smeinsurance.com/food-and-drink-insurance/pub-insurance/the-last-straw-what-is-britain-doing-to-reduce-the-worlds-plastic-waste/

[5] https://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/health/case_studies/plastics.html 

[6] https://www.noblypos.com/blog/increase-footfall

Posted 27/09/18

Author: SME Insurance

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