Refill is a national 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 people in to refill your water bottle – for free
The Problem with Plastic
Plastic pollution is damaging the health of our oceans. From plankton to pilot whales, algae to albatross ― no ocean life remains free from the effects of plastic waste. It’s even found in the seafood we eat. It’s been dubbed as “one of the most serious emerging threats to marine biodiversity,” by the Convention on Biological Diversity and between 8 and 12 million metric tons of plastic end up in our oceans each year – over 80% of it coming from land-based sources. The main contributor is larger plastic litter, including everyday items such as drinks bottles and other types of plastic packaging, as well as sewage-related related debris, such as cotton buds, wet wipes, sanitary waste and microbeads.
A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021. However global efforts to collect and recycle the bottles to keep them from polluting the oceans, are just not keeping up.
Here in the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 of them – meaning nearly half (44%) are NOT put in the recycling. This means that nationally, of the over 35 million plastic bottles being used every day in the UK, nearly 16 million plastic bottles aren’t being put out for recycling.
If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation!
Refill Henley on Thames
A Refill Campaign was introduced in October to help reduce plastic waste. The river in Henley is extremely important to the locals, for many reasons including the Royal Rowing Regatta which takes place every summer. The river is a massive source of joy to visitors and locals as well as an important habitat to wildlife. The importance of keeping it clean and plastic-waste free was not lost on the people of Henley on Thames.
Within our Chocolate Cafes, we have always had a policy to refill water bottles. With countless cyclists throughout the year, together with walkers and other people passing by, this is something we have always offered. Whilst there is an official scheme in Henley you can get free water for your bottle in the Chocolate Café at Goring or Chocolate Cafe Wokingham.