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Allia Future Business Centre Peterborough signs up to Refill campaign to reduce plastic waste

Every year around 300 million tons of plastic is produced all over the world. Sadly, only about 10% is properly recycled or reused, and the rest ends up in landfills or in our natural environment where it threatens the survival of our planet. Scientists predict that if nothing is done, there will be more plastic in the ocean than there are fish by 2050.

In response, Earth day 2018 (22nd April) is focusing its campaign on ending plastic pollution. The campaign aims to change human attitude and behaviour towards plastics to significantly reduce plastic pollution.

Peterborough Environmental City Trust and Earth Matters have joined up with City2Sea’s Refill campaign to help tackle the same global and local challenge of plastic waste.

The Grow Kitchen and Bar in the Allia Future Business Centre in Peterborough is one of the first outlets to sign up in the city. It is one of over 5,000 local venues in the UK who are committed to the campaign by offering passers-by the chance to refill their reusable bottles with free tap water in an aim to reduce plastic waste.

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By downloading the free Refill app, you can find local venues where you can refill your bottle. Each refill will earn you points, and by earning enough points you will be rewarded with a sustainable stainless steel bottle.

Allia aligns its work with the UN Sustainability Goals. This initiative supports:

Some shocking statistics:

  • 8 million tonnes of plastics end up in the ocean each year.
  • A million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute and it’s predicted that figure will rise by another 20% by 2021
  • In the UK, the average household uses 480 plastic bottles a year, but only recycles 270 (44%) of them.
  • If just one in ten Brits refilled once a week, we’d have 340 million less plastic bottles a year in circulation
  • The latest Beachwatch survey (2016, MCSUK) found 159 plastic bottles for every mile of beach surveyed.
  • It takes 162g of oil and seven litres of water to manufacture a single one-litre disposable plastic bottle, which amounts to the release of 100g of Carbon Dioxide (CO2).