Plastic is cheap to produce and convenient to use – and those two ‘advantages’ are what makes it hard to get rid of.
8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into the ocean each year;
320 million tonnes of plastic were generated globally in 2016, set to double by 2034;
Mold Plastic Reduction aims to eliminate single use plastic and reduce all avoidable plastic use and waste, empowering people visiting, working and living in our town and surrounding villages to refuse, reuse and recycle, and in so doing to help drive a more sustainable and circular economy.
The Refill app now shows people not only where they can get water bottles refilled for free, but also where they can shop for plastic free goods, get their own reusable coffee mug filled, use their own containers for buying food etc, and find a water fountain.
Available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play, the Refill app also allows businesses to join the network by adding their own details.
Information about the changes can be found on the Refill website.
Mold’s very own Refill Champion, Shannon Jones urges local people to tell businesses about the app, so that as many as possible sign up to it.
According to Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), reducing single-use plastic is as important as ever, with individual actions to reduce throwaway plastic still vital to our wellbeing (see Plastic Free in a Time of Covid).
Surfers Against Sewage have also looked at government guidance and recent scientific research on the role of single use plastics in combatting Covid-19 (see Unpacking Refill and Reuse in the Age of Corona).
You might also be interested in this Health Expert Statement Addressing Safety of Reusables and COVID-19 [PDF] which makes it clear that reusable systems can be used safely by employing basic hygiene.