Keswick Tourism Association and Sustainable Keswick Are Proud To Support Refill

Keswick Tourism Association and Sustainable Keswick are proud to support Refill – a national campaign committed to stopping plastic pollution at source by making it easier to find free tap water on the go than buying a single-use plastic bottle. A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and the number is set to increase a further 20% by 2021. Here in Britain we spend more than £1.5 billion on bottled water each year and the average adult now buys three plastic water bottles every week!

There are now 12,000 Refill Stations signed up to the Refill scheme. If these were used just ONCE a day, together we’d stop more than four million plastic bottles at source each year! In Keswick, businesses signed up to the scheme so far are Kats Kitchen, Cake and Salad, The Square Orange, The Wild Strawberry, George Fisher, Wetherspoons, Fellpack, Mickledore Travel, The Inn on the Square, Keswick Youth Hostel, The Grange Country House and Keswick Tourist Information Centre. In Portinscale, the Chalet and Derwentwater Marina are offering free refills too.

‘A simple scheme that reduces the number of plastic bottles we use unnecessarily, has to be a good thing.’, said Sustainable Keswick spokesperson Sally Lansbury, ‘Many businesses locally, do already offer to top up your water bottles but may not be publicising it. Refill gives you recognition and free marketing as an incentive to get involved. It gives visitors a really positive feeling about a town that truly cares for it’s environment. The Refill App is just one part of caring - as habits start to change, a decrease in the use of unnecessary plastic will be kinder to our environment and - let’s influence the politicians as well – a reduction in unnecessary disposable plastic will ultimately reduce waste handling costs for our District Council – so let’s get behind it!’

Vanessa Metcalfe, Tourism Manager for Keswick Tourism Association said “We are excited to be working with Sustainable Keswick to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in the town. The Refill scheme is a really simple way to start this process and we will be encouraging all of our members to get involved in any way they can.”

Window stickers are available through Keswick Tourist Information Centre and Keswick Tourism Association

As a business, as long as you have a tap and are happy to welcome potential customers through your door, you can take part. As a customer, you can simply download from your App store.

Sustainable Keswick’s next ‘Green Get Together’ will be on Oct 24th 7pm, Crosthwaite Parish Rooms. All welcome.

Members of Plastic-Less Keswick - Michael Huit, Terry Sloan, Sally Lansbury, Allan Todd, Vaneesa Metcalfe & Suzie Members of Plastic-Less Keswick