Cafes encouraged to reduce plastic water bottles

August 28 2015

CAFES in Gloucester Road are being encouraged to join a citywide campaign, which aims to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.

CAFES in Gloucester Road are being encouraged to join a citywide campaign, which aims to reduce the use of plastic water bottles.

Refill Bristol is asking people to carry a reusable bottle, which they will be able top-up with water – for free – from businesses displaying a Refill Bristol sticker.

It is part of Bristol’s ‘City to Sea’ initiative which brings together local environmental experts, marine campaigners and the public, to tackle the issue of marine litter.

The campaign group says that single-use plastic bottles are light and, if not discarded carefully, end up on our streets and waterways.

Bottle tops are also a problem, with marine life and birds mistaking them for food.  

According to the group, producing all of the bottles consumed in the UK uses valuable resources in production and transportation, equating to an estimated 100g of CO2 per bottle - or a staggering 350,000 tons per year in the UK.

Bishopston councillor Tim Malnick is encouraging local cafes to sign up for the scheme, and local people to get involved. He said: “This is a simple way of reducing carbon emissions, environmental damage and saving money.

“It’s something anyone can do as part of our Green Capital year that will make a real difference.

“With our tap water in Bristol originating in the Mendip Hills and the River Severn, and being housed in the Chew Magna reservoir, it is odd that Bristolians buy expensive water transported from France or even Fiji.

“I hope local cafes will sign up, and that people will mention the scheme to their favorite cafes.”

For more information about how to get involved with the campaign, contact Tim Malnick on tim.malnick@bristol.gov.uk or 07884 736103.