A sandwich shop owner in Blackpool said she knew she wanted to back the ReFILL campaign after reading about The Gazette’s war on plastic.
Kate Seed from Kate’s, in Woodland Grove, has pledged to back the LOVEmyBEACH scheme by offering free tap water to customers and passers-by in a bid to stop throwaway bottles being washed up on our beaches.
She said: “I thought it was a great idea and we want to be a part of it.
“Our shop is environmentally-friendly.”
The popular eatery already uses compostable cutlery, cardboard boxes instead of polystyrene or plastic, and even its coffee cups are compostable, Kate said.
“There’s nothing we give to customers that can’t be recycled apart from the drinks,” Kate added.
“I will still provide customers with bottles of water but any time someone asks me to fill a bottle up, I will.
“I don’t see it as a sacrifice – just a way of helping the environment in general.”
The Gazette is calling on 200 businesses to join the war on plastic by signing up to LOVEmyBEACH’s ReFILL campaign.
By agreeing to post a blue ReFILL sticker in their windows, the hotels, restaurants, cafes, and other firms are welcoming tourists and locals in for free tap water refills - helping to reduce the amount of plastic washing up on our beaches.
The scheme has been trialled elsewhere and has recently launched here too – and we want to help make it a resounding success.
Stephanie Wyatt from LOVEmyBEACH said: “The idea is basic really. The biggest drawback about people asking for water is the idea they will be told to get lost or buy something.”
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘ReFILL’ or call (01253) 361726.