This National Refill Day (Wednesday 19th June) Martin Whitfield MP is joining campaigners to urge East Lothian residents to ditch single-use water bottles.

Organised by the Refill campaign and Water UK, National Refill Day is calling on parliamentarians to join the British public and stop buying single-use plastic water bottles and pledge to carry a reusable one instead.

Refill and Water UK asked the UK public to support National Refill Day by carrying their reusable bottle and sharing their involvement on social media by telling the world they’ve #GotTheBottle to prevent plastic pollution this #NationalRefillDay.

The Refill campaign works by connecting people who are looking for water with thousands of local business, transport hubs and public spaces by using a free app. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses simply sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window – alerting passers-by that they’re welcome to come in and fill up their bottle for free, even without a purchase.

The number of Refill points listed on the app in the UK has just passed 20,000, including train stations, airports and high street chains like Starbucks, Costa and Wetherspoons. As part of the activity for National Refill Day it’s been revealed that Greggs, Sweaty Betty and Parkdean Resorts have recently pledged their support and are now listed on the free Refill app.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

“We are all aware of the growing problem of single-use plastic and the impact it is having on our natural environment.

“Every one of us has a role to play in turning the tide against plastic waste and what better place to start than by ditching single-use plastic water bottles and carrying a reusable one instead

“With more than 20,000 Refill stations around the country, including some of the high street’s biggest brands, I would encourage my constituents to show they’ve #GotTheBottle and start refilling on the go.”

Natalie Fee, founder of City to Sea, the organisation behind the Refill campaign, said: 

“It’s been incredible to watch the Refill campaign flourish over the past few years. National Refill Day is something that everyone can get onboard with and has the potential to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary single-use plastic we use when we’re out and about. People want to help prevent plastic pollution, and Refill puts the power to do that in their hands.”

Refill is an award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easier to reuse and refill your water bottle on the go than to buy a single-use plastic bottle.

It is estimated that the Refill campaign will have saved over 100 million single-use bottles from entering our waste stream by the end of 2019.

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