Saturday, 22 July 2017

Stay well and stay hydrated.... for free !

Ey up my faithful blogworms, been on my jollies but I'm back now and full of exciting news I feel you all need to know about. 

A fantastic scheme called "Refill" is out there in the UK, helping to cut back on bottle waste and provide places where you can refill your water bottle for free !!

We are now listed in this great new scheme and helping to cut back on the mountains of plastic bottle waste that we generate every year. When you're out and about, either at home or on holiday 1,000's of us buy and carry a water bottle around when the weathers hot but what do you do with your bottle when it's empty. I suspect a lot of you already know the answer to that ..... you see them littering pavements, forests, moorland, beaches etc and not being taken away and recycled properly. 

Well now .... there is an alternative and it get's you something for free ! Call into businesses displaying the sticker shown below and you can get your bottle topped up for nothing, how good is that ?

Inserted below are some clips from the website :  Go on and have a look for more details.

Single-use plastic bottles are expensive to produce, use up valuable natural resources to make and transport and create mountains and mountains of waste once we’ve gulped down the contents. And recycling’s not the answer either, here in the UK an estimated 800 plastic bottles a MINUTE are either ending up in landfill or as litter, which will too often make its way into our waterways and out to sea.

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 you in to refill your water bottle – for free! Refill is currently happening in Bristol, Cornwall, Dorset, Devon, Bath and Bradford-on-Avon with Brighton, Norwich and Hunstanton launching very soon!

How does it work? 

Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by to the fact they’re welcome to come on in and fill up their bottle – for free! Download the free Refill rewards app to see where you can Refill on the go, or add new places to Refill yourself! 

You can go on either of these and download the app and find all the locations where you can take advantage of this fantastic scheme and help with the re-use of the dreaded plastic bottle, doing yourself, nature and the environment a favour, all at the same time. What's not to like.

As you will see, the scheme at the moment is predominantly in the South West, where it started. So let's raise awareness and try and put Yorkshire up there on the map with the best of them ! 

A lot of you, I know, have been following the progress of our new showroom display "Eco goes Coastal", well we've decided to incorporate a working sink and tap into it to provide our refills for people in the local area. We are the very first business in Ilkley to do this and we hope others will follow suit. 

Milestone ..... again...... leading the way with new developments !!

Stay well and stay hydrated people .... Jules

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