Clarity Environmental has partnered with not for profit organisation, City to Sea, with a donation that is supporting two new water refill stations in Runcorn, Cheshire and Gower, Wales.
Founded by Natalie Fee in 2015, City to Sea campaigns to prevent plastic pollution at source. We have donated £2000 to the organisation, which is being used to set up two new cities for its award-winning Refill campaign.
The Refill campaign was started to prevent plastic pollution by making it easier to reuse and refill your water bottle instead of buying a new one. It works by connecting people looking for water with thousands of Refill stations across the UK through a location-based app, allowing those on the go to refill for free. Participating cafes, bars, restaurants, banks, galleries, museums and other businesses sign up to the app and put a sticker in their window, alerting passers-by that they can come and fill their bottle.
The donation provided by Clarity is being used to fund ‘Core City Starter Packs’, in Runcorn (Cheshire) and Gower (Wales), to help two community schemes engage with the local population, work with retailers and lobby manufacturers and government in their local area.
In Runcorn the starter pack will be used by 4 young girls wanting to help save the planet. “Team S.E.A.L” encourage local litter picks, send out information to the local schools and inspire others with eco-friendly practices. In Gower, the donation is helping a well-established committee progress throughout the Gower peninsular, who have already organised an action day to encourage reusable items such as water bottles.
Alannah O’Rourke, Partnerships Manager for City to Sea said of our donation: “The Refill Campaign is due to prevent 100 million plastic bottles entering our waste stream by the end of 2019, and this growth wouldn’t be possible without our over 200 volunteer-led community Refill Schemes. We’re delighted that Clarity’s funding has allowed us to grow two new schemes which will be working in their communities to inspire change and tackle plastic pollution at source.”
Making it easier to access tap water can make a huge impact in the volume of single use plastic that could end up as potential litter and contaminate our waterways, beaches and marine life. With over 20,000 businesses now signed up to the scheme it is estimated that 10 million single use bottles could be saved if all the refill stations were used twice daily.
Managing Director for Clarity Environmental, David Honcoop, commented: “We are extremely pleased to be working with City to Sea and contributing to the Refill campaign. The opportunity to help establish two new cities as part of the scheme is extremely rewarding.
“We have committed to donating at least 1 per cent of profits each quarter to charities, awareness campaigns and causes that we believe in. Working within the packaging waste sector, it is important to us to invest in campaigns and research that are having a positive impact on the environment, while ensuring our members comply with government recycling legislation.”
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