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Majority of Brits using refillable water bottles

Words by Blyth Brentnall

Progressively more people are switching from bottled water to reusable flasks across the UK, say anti-waste campaigners from Refill. About 60% of the population now use refillable water bottles - up from just 20% in 2015.

Brilliant! What’s driven this change?

Refill, run by City To Sea, has collaborated with 80 different councils as well as high street chains to encourage people to switch to refills. Supporting companies include Leon, Lush and Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Their Refill app maps 32,000 refill stations across the UK, helping everyone to ditch disposables without hassle. 

For Jo Morley, the head of campaigns at City to Sea, having your own water bottle isn’t just great for the planet. It’s also a lot of fun. 

She said: “A water bottle is as an accessory, you can customise them and have whatever colour you like – these things do make a big difference to whether people want to carry a bottle of water around.”

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Every Can Counts. This is a not-for-profit recycling programme, encouraging people to recycle more often, to protect our planet. Support them here.

Trees For Cities. They are working to plant more trees within large metropolitan areas, for the betterment of people and planet. Support them here.

The Climate Coalition. This is the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Find out more and support them here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Climate Action.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs