5 reasons for you to Refill
By 2050 plastic will outweigh fish in our oceans and Kiwi’s are contributing to this massive plastic problem by throwing away more plastic than we recycle.
But there are solutions – we can solve this plastic problem if we’re willing to.
1. Prevent plastic pollution at source
Refill offers a free and easy solution for preventing plastic pollution from single-use bottles by making it easy to find free water on tap.
Kiwis use 168 plastic bottles each year
Just 1/3 are recycled
A total of 526 million water bottles are thrown away.
If we each refilled 1 in 3 times we’d save around 257 million plastic bottles a year. So remember to take your reusable bottle with you and refill.
2. Save Money
Refilling your reusable bottle is an easy way to save money, because bottled water costs between 500-1000 times more than water from the tap!
Globally, the bottled water industry is expected to be worth $215.12 billion by 2025 . That’s no surprise when you consider that we are buying around 3 bottles a week EACH every year.
3. Help combat climate change
It’s been estimated that plastic production and the incineration of plastic waste give rise globally to approximately 400 million tonnes of CO2 a year with bottled water being 900 times more carbon intensive than drinking tap water
It takes over 8 litres of water to produce a single bottle.
4. Better water quality.
In the NZ, we’re lucky to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world, and often its natural spring water.
However, many people still drink bottled water because they believe it not only tastes better but is better and safer than tap water. In reality, tap water is often more tightly regulated.
Shockingly, a recent global study of bottled water brands found tiny plastic particles (microplastics) in over 90 per cent of samples.
That’s enough to make anyone reach for their reusable bottle and start refilling!
5. Protect the environment
Plastic bottles now make up one-third of all plastic pollution in the sea.
The impact on our wildlife is becoming catastrophic – 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million seabirds are killed by plastic pollution annually
Together, we have the power to reach, influence and drive change to prevent plastic pollution at source!
- RECOUP (RECycling of Used Plastics Limited) cited in: House of Commons, ‘Plastic bottles: Turning Back the Plastic Tide’ – Source: https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvaud/339/33905.htm
- Grand View Research, Inc https://www.grandviewresearch.com/press-release/global-bottled-water-market
- World Economic Forum, Ellen MacArthur Foundation and McKinsey & Company, ‘The New Plastics Economy — Rethinking the future of plastics’ (2016) http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_The_New_Plastics_Economy.pdf
- Seas at Risk, Single-use Plastics and the Marine Environment: https://seas-at-risk.org/images/pdf/publications/SeasAtRiskSummarysingleUseplasticandthemarineenvironment.compressed.pdf