Refill water stations
Abundant in natural beauty, Eastbourne is also home to the Beachy Head East Marine Conservation Zone off-shore. In the summer, it has an influx of population with thousands of tourists and visitors for events like the Tennis Tournament, Airbourne and many cultural events centred around the Theatres, Art Galleries and other centres of culture, including a vibrant music scene.
Serving you free water
Many visitors currently do not arrive with refillable bottles but buy plastic water bottles in high quantities. We are campaigning to change this by increasing our Refill Stations and publicising against buying plastic single-use water bottles. We have the first National Trust property to become a Refill Station ~ Birling Gap on the South Downs, for which we are very proud, plus a network of refill stations across Eastbourne.
Our Downlands is a precious water resource, as the rain percolates down into a vast chalk aquifer that provides the town with about 75% of its fresh drinking water.
Why Refill ?
Every year around the world we create more than 300 million tonnes of plastic – and half of this is single-use use. One of the worst offenders are plastic bottles, with a million of them sold every minute around the world–a figure that’s expected to grow by 20% by 2021.
Here in the UK, not only does our ‘lunch on the go’ habit generate 11 billion items of packaging waste a year, but we get through a whopping 2.5 billion coffee cups each year –enough to stretch around the world roughly five and a half times!
The Refill campaign has already prevented over 100 million pieces of plastic at source so we know we have the power to create a wave of change. By connecting people to places they can shop, eat and drink without the pointless packaging, we’re helping prevent plastic pollution and making ‘reduce, reuse, refill and repeat’ the new social norm.
In the UK, we’re lucky to have some of the highest quality drinking water in the world. Shockingly, a recent global study of bottled water brands found tiny plastic particles (microplastics) in over 90 per cent of samples. That’s enough to make anyone reach for their reusable bottle and start refilling!
For drinking water on the go around Eastbourne, Refill puts the power to reduce plastic at your fingertips. Download the app to find the Refill centres.