I’ve yet, and can’t imagine ever being one for running about the streets with a cuppa tea. But I do like to sit in a have one, and when I do, I like a real cup!
Not just because of plastic pollution, but because drinking out of a ‘paper’ cup sipping through a plastic lid, reminds me of, well … kids parties!
This visit to a small cafe I’d luckily just popped in a charity shop and picked up this cool mug, otherwise it was only disposables. They offered a discount if you BYO (bring your own) but didn’t supply any? What would I have done having not gone to the charity shop? I would have gone somewhere else. There’s always somewhere else, and there’s always real cups to be found.
For take away though, it was great they offer a discount if you BYO cup
Plastic pollution from coffee cups is through the roof. You only have to be up and about in a busy place early in the morning to see it in full force, everyone is walking about with a cup, and where do they go? Landfill hopefully … The cups are lined with plastic – hence they don’t leak – and the lids are often not the right colour for recycling. Or the right number. Or go in the right bin! There’s a lot of factors to consider …
So remember to bring your own cup. If they don’t offer a discount, ask for one! Or better still, why not sit in and enjoy a five-minute break and a cuppa tea, in a real cup!
Remember, every refusal adds up!
As part of Refill Bristol, Bristol Water popped up their pop-up water bar at Redfest. Which was a sizzling success on a scorcher of a Saturday!
We gave out free tap water all day, much to the relief of the thirsty crowd!
Redfest is a local festival, in a park I visit often to skate. I love this park, the vibe there is always friendly and welcoming. On this particular day it was transformed, for a local event I was surprised at the size (not sure why, this is Bristol, and Bristol doesn´t do things by halves!) there was so much going on, including some fantastic music! Some of which I got to enjoy at the end of the day…
I´ve already spoken how amazing the water bar is at REDUCING single use plastics.
Reduce – let´s remember – is the 1st of the 3 R´s.
Not recycle – that comes in at number 3.
Lets spread the word… imagine if other water companies take it on and free – in both price and packaging – water becomes the norm at a festival… It may seam like a pipe dream (excuse the pun!) but that is exactly what Refill Bristol and Bristol Water are already doing!
Not sure how to Refill while on the move? Look out for this logo around Bristol, where you are welcomed to Refill your bottle. Not in Bristol? Just pop in a cafe, shop or any where and asked! I have for years and people really don´t mind.
If you’re a hashtag kinda person then find us at #RefillBristol and follow what we´re up to!
Wanna see more action? Here are the images from the pop up water bar at PRIDE.
Remember: Every refusal adds up!
Back in February Rebecca founder of Plastic Free July got in touch wanting to meet up. I was honoured and jumped at the chance! She was visiting the UK as part of a world-wide tour she´d been awarded by the Winston Churchill Fellowship.
Thankfully Rebecca is a keen cyclist, the best way to see Bristol by far! So we spent the day together and I showed some of the best of Bristol. Including Refilling as part of Refill Bristol.
We also did a #2minutebeachclean down on the River Avon. We exchanged stories, ate some of Bristol´s amazing food, drunk tea and had a lovely day!
Rebecca is such an inspiration having started Plastic Free July in 2011 last year 35,000 people across the globe took part. Amazing. I´m sure after her tour and all the people she has met along the way 2016 will be even better!
If you´re hearing headlines such as; there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish in just 30 years time... Learning we can´t “recycle” our way out of plastic pollution. Don´t get down! Get involved in Plastic Free July!
Thank you Holy Spokes! For the loan and delivery of a bike for Rebecca.
Within 5 minutes of leaving the station, Rebecca was blown away by Incredible Edible in Castle Park
It was sunny, Rebecca carries her plastic free sun lotion. I’ll be ordering some of this
Lucky it was Wednesday, so the Farmers Market was on. It wasn’t lunch time, but Rebecca couldn’t resist!
I love the concept of the Bristol Pound & it’s “normal” for me to use it. So naturally we used it for everything we bought that day — with The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – AU, Plastic Free July, Bristol Pound and St Nicholas Market in Bristol, United Kingdom.
Happy to fill Rebecca’s metal tin. It was as tasty as it looks!
Rebecca spots her first Refill Station!! At No 1 Harbourside
Refilling, it was gunna be a thirsty day!
Leaving No 1 Harbourside I couldn’t help but notice the plastic floating in the harbour….
Polystyrene balls floating in a single use Polystyrene take away box.
I had to show Rebecca Millennium Square’s water fountain, in it’s second year. It’s now had a proper spruce up and looks great! Check it out when you’re out & about, & thirsty!
Rebecca very excited to spot a tall ship
After our 2 Minute Beach clean Rebecca notes where some of the single use plastics originate
Salt cafe, another Refill Station. #refillbristol
A Bristol tour wouldn’t be a Bristol tour with out Stokes Croft.
Just round the corner, and we came across this. We were both as excited as we look!
Biblos on Stokes Croft, another Refill Station!
We said good buy back at the station and pose to say thank you to Beth for bringing us together! Rebecca & I both feature in Beth Terry’s must have new revised book with a forward by Jack Johnson. “Plastic Free. How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can too.” It’s available here, full of tips inspiring and funny stories!