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Bristol’s “Refill” campaign takes on plastic menace

Jul 06, 2017, 7:55 AM EDT
(Source: faungg's photos/flickr)
(Source: faungg's photos/flickr)

A group of citizens in Bristol, England, has launched a community-driven initiative to cut down the number of disposable plastic bottles that end up in the world’s oceans every year. The community has developed a Refill app, which connects thirsty travelers and locals with businesses, cafes, restaurants or shops that are willing to refill their bottles with tap water for free.

Besides this water top up, the scheme rewards every refill with points, which participants can redeem to bag a stainless steel water bottle, writes The Guardian.

More than 200 businesses have signed up for the Refill campaign within two months of its launch, driving it to success in other cities as well, notes Tree Hugger. The campaign’s popularity is partly due to the fact that it creates easy-to-access sources of clean drinking water and legitimizes tap water as potable.

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