Pharmacy and travel agents back ReFILL

World Travel Lounge on Birley Street have joined the ReFILL scheme.  Pictured is shop manager Tracey Wilkinson with travel advisor Daniel Norton.
World Travel Lounge on Birley Street have joined the ReFILL scheme. Pictured is shop manager Tracey Wilkinson with travel advisor Daniel Norton.
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It isn’t just cafes and restaurants that can back the ReFILL campaign by offering people free tap water – as these two businesses have shown.

Both the Boots pharmacy in Cleveleys and the World Travel Lounge in both Blackpool and Cleveleys have pledged to support the LOVEmyBEACH scheme, which is aimed at tackling thrown away plastic washing up on our beaches.

Matthew Hulse and Sam Norton from Boots Opticians who have signed up to the ReFILL campaign

Matthew Hulse and Sam Norton from Boots Opticians who have signed up to the ReFILL campaign

Matthew Hulse, practice manager at Boots in Victoria Road West, said he read about the campaign in The Gazette, which is vying to sign up 200 businesses across the Fylde coast.

He said: “It’s something I just do anyway. If people want water, I just give it, but if people want to come in and ask for it, even better, really.

“It’s just a nice thing to do. It’s going back to the old days.

“I would like to think that every business in Cleveleys and Blackpool would say yes [to signing up for ReFILL].”

The war on plastic has been raging since the issue was brought to the fore of public attention in the BBC documentary Blue Planet II.

And today, Sir Michael Morpurgo and Dame Jacqueline Wilson joined a campaign for the book trade to ditch plastic.

Some 50 children’s authors and illustrators have set out to get young readers and the publishing industry to clamp down on the use of the material.

Authors4Oceans was created by Dolphin Song and Kat Wolfe Investigates author Lauren St John, after she ordered a drink at a bookshop and it came with a plastic straw.