A new app will help people in Cardiff to be the more environmentally friendly.
People in Cardiff will soon be able to reduce the amount of plastic waste they produce thanks to a new app that helps locate places to fill water bottles.
The REFILL app will help people find 50 sites in Cardiff where people can refill their water bottles, such as The Central Bar, Starbucks, Costa Coffee on Queen Street and so on.
There are blue signs on the windows of restaurants, coffee shops, bars or stores where people can refill their water bottles.
“Everyone can download the app on their phones and that will tell you exactly where all the refill stations are in your area,” Said Hannah Osman.
The aim of the initiative is to reduce the number of times people use single-use drinks plastic bottles and even stop millions of plastic bottles at source each year, preventing plastic pollution from entering rivers and sea.
According to BBC news, pollution in Cardiff’s rivers has reached a “tipping point” say volunteers dealing with a seemingly never-ending clean-up of litter. One volunteer described seeing a swan’s nest made of plastic bottles, while another said at one point the River Taff was a “sea of plastic”.
Moreover, less than 30% of people in the UK drink tap water in a reusable bottle and a million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it is predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021.
Government officials, environmental experts, and volunteers attended the launch of refill water in Cardiff, the event was held by Cardiff water research institute and Cardiff student union volunteering.
After this event, refill volunteers go to different parts of Cardiff to promote the event and help people understand it.
The people in Cardiff take one small steps away from relying on single-use plastics that is a simple concept with really big potential because this is the best way to encourage people not to use disposable plastic bottles, which greatly reduces the pollution of the city.