Water Refill Stations
Introducing Refill Cyprus, a behavior change campaign created to help people reduce plastic pollution by making it easier to reuse and refill their bottles with free filtered water through the use of water refill stations.
This exciting new project begins with the installation of our very first Refill Station in Cyprus, which has been placed on the Yermasoyia seafront, and we soon expect to see the project expand across the entire island.
We are living in an age where one million plastic bottles are used every minute all around the globe – and this number is only rising.
Not everyone realises that plastic can often only be recycled once or twice into a new plastic product. Every time plastic is recycled, the polymer chain grows shorter, so the same piece of plastic decreases in quality to the point where it can no longer be used. This common misconception that plastic can be recycled many times over allows many to justify high use of single-use plastics on the basis because they are recyclable and therefore do not end up as waste. But no matter how much plastic we end up recycling, there will still be a high demand for plastic, it will continue to pollute landfills and oceans, and we will continue to see the rising emissions which are damaging our environment.
In fact, of the plastic waste produced between 1950 and 2015, only 9% was actually recycled. That’s 65 years of recycling not solving the plastic pollution crisis. Isn’t it time we make a change from non-essential plastic to sustainable alternatives?
Of course, we’re not suggesting that you should stop recycling plastic – all recycling is definitely a step in the right direction. But what we need to do is stop depending so heavily on non-essential plastic, and instead, help to prevent waste entirely.
The #RefillCyprus project negates damage caused by plastic, because we’re not sanctioning the use of plastic at all. Instead, we’re encouraging people to refill their own, reusable bottles: an effective way to stop depending so heavily on plastic, and instead, help to prevent waste entirely. So as well as helping the environment, you’ll be saving money by not continuously purchasing bottled water; it’s a win-win!