Refill is an award-winning campaign to prevent plastic pollution at source by making it easier to reuse and refill. It was launched by City-to-Sea in Bristol in 2015. It began as a simple scheme to show where reusable water bottles could be refilled, aka Refill stations. It has since expanded to include hot drinks, takeaway food, and zero waste shops. It is estimated that Refill has saved over 100 million pieces of plastic from being created!
- 7 out of 10 people would view a business more favourably if it provided free drinking water.
- 44% of people spend between £2.50 and £5 whilst getting a free water refill.
- 66% of people said they would be more likely to make a purchase from a business whilst refilling.
- 65% would be more likely to return to make a future purchase.
- 64% would choose to make a purchase from a participating business over a competitor.
Refill Swindon launched in 2018. Our work is to raise awareness and support locally for the Refill scheme. To do so we provide resources and activities, attend events, and engage with the public, businesses and media. We have grown the number of stations from 2 to over 60. You can follow our work via the newsletter and on Facebook.
City to Sea campaign in many other ways on plastic pollution, such as the safety of reuse, plastic-free periods, and government legislation.
Local Refill stations
With inclusivity in mind, an alternative to using the mobile phone app. Provides stations, addresses, a map, links, and a search.
Local Refill / zero waste champions
Some local businesses are leading the way on our journey to eliminate plastic pollution and achieve zero waste. Meet Swindon's Refill / zero waste champions.
App for mobile phones. Now includes places to refill for food, drink and other shopping.
Resources for Refill stations
Get everything you need to let everyone know they can Refill at your station, and which types of Refill you offer.
Takeaway packaging guide
With so many packaging types on the market, navigating terms like compostable, biodegradable and eco-friendly can be a minefield. Which is the most sustainable? And does compostable really mean compostable?
Refill class assembly
Refill teaching resources aimed at Key Stage 2 children. The fact-filled and interactive presentation will take your class through where our water comes from, why it is so important not to waste water, the effects of plastic pollution and how to get involved with the Refill campaign.
The Life of a Plastic Bottle
This educational resource shows the need for plastic reduction and reuse over recycling.
Plastic Free Periods
Highlighting the hidden plastic in period products and suggesting reusable alternatives. Better for your body, better for the planet. Choose to reuse!
Summer of Refills campaign
Reuse is safe when applying basic hygiene, plastic usage isn't. The aim of the Summer of Refills campaign was to get reuse back on the menu.
Refreshed expands the Refill scheme to include food, drink and other shopping.
World Refill Day
World Refill Day is a global public awareness campaign to prevent plastic pollution and help people live with less waste.
All Refill campaigns and resources, old and new, are here.
World Refill Day 2022
We relaunched the local scheme with a new organising team for World Refill Day 2022. We spent the day in the Swindon Hub. Lots of other activities going on.
How well can you do at our Refill quiz?
Treasures From Our Trash
Photography competition aimed to encourage thought on waste and reuse.