Costa, Starbucks and Pret to offer free water to help cut down on plastic waste

Costa, Starbucks and Pret to offer free water to help cut down on plastic waste
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Coffee shops Costa, Starbucks and Pret will offer free tap water to passers-by - without them having to buy anything - under an initiative to reduce the use of disposable plastic bottles. Water UK, which is promoting the scheme, said that it expected tens of thousands more places to offer the service by 2021.

Restore public drinking fountains

Some water companies also plan to install new public drinking fountains and restore historical ones which have fallen into disuse.

 The scheme hopes to curb the 16m bottles that end up in landfill

The scheme hopes to curb the 16m bottles that end up in landfill

Reduce plastic waste

It's hoped the scheme will help to curb the 16 million plastic bottles that end up in landfill or blighting the environment and waterways every single day by encouraging customers to quench their thirst with some of the safest tap water in the world.

Save you money

There are money-saving benefits too. A half-litre bottle of still water typically costs around 30p in shops, compared to a twelfth of a penny for the equivalent volume of tap water – meaning water for customers who fill up bottles from a tap in their own home is 360 times cheaper than if they get it from a supermarket. The cost if they get it from one of the new refill points will be zero.

Where to fill up

You will be able to locate your nearest Refill station by using a free app that you can download to your mobile phone.