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05 Jul 2019

NI Water’s Refillution Campaign

We were incredibly grateful to have NI Water along at the Giant’s Causeway Coast Sportive 2019, where they shared with participants information on their new ‘Refillution‘ campaign. They also kindly gave away almost 1,400 reusable water bottles!

Northern Ireland Water would like to invite you to ‘Join the Refillution,’ as they launch their campaign encouraging everyone to refill a reusable water bottle with tap water and buy fewer, single use plastic bottles.

Figures from a Marine Litter report (2017) and conducted by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful have revealed that 82% of litter collected on Northern Ireland’s beaches was plastic. Plastic is one of the few materials which never degrades completely in the natural environment; instead it breaks down into smaller pieces over a very long period of time.

Angela Halpenny, Northern Ireland Water Head of Environmental Regulation says, “The water industry has a strong focus on the environment and we are committed to tackling the problems caused by plastic bottles which block up our rivers and drains, and pollute our seas. By switching to a reusable bottle, people can help turn the tide in helping to reduce plastic waste. Our drinking water is world class and we want everyone to benefit from it.”

Northern Ireland uses 145 million single use plastic bottles every year. Across the UK, 7.7 billion plastic water bottles are used each year, with the average person now using 150 plastic water bottles every year – that’s more than 3 a week. Many are discarded, and end up polluting our rivers and seas. Staggeringly if just 1 in 10 refilled just once a week, we would save around 340 million plastic bottles a year.

With our drinking water world class, staying hydrated and reducing plastic waste is a win-win for everyone.

For more information about the campaign visit https://www.niwater.com/refillution/

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