Not only is it important to drink plenty of water each day, it’s also important that we all do our bit to cut down on the amount of plastic we buy — especially ‘disposable’ plastics, such as plastic bottles and food packaging.
Not only is plastic bad for the environment, but a lot of it ends up as litter on our streets, in the sea, or in landfill — despite the fact it is recyclable. The best way to stop these plastics from harming our environment and wildlife is by avoiding them altogether.
In a mission to achieve a nationwide single-use plastic reduction, a scheme called Refill was set up. Its app shows you businesses, shops, cafés, restaurants, hotels and council offices offering free water refill stations in your local area. So, you can find free water whether you are at home or away, with no obligation at all to buy something from the retailer while you’re there.
So, what about Leeds? You might be surprised by how many refill stations there are in the Leeds area. Whether you’re exercising and need to top up your water levels, it’s a hot day and you’re feeling dehydrated, or you just want a drink, you can get a water top-up at all of these places around Leeds:
- Chapel Allerton Tennis, Squash and Gym Club
- Tandem, Meanwood Road, Meanwood
- Bare Coffee, Weetwood Lane, Headingley
- Rafi’s Spicebox, Kirkgate Market, Leeds
- Rolands, Call Lane, Leeds
- St James’ University Hospital, Leeds – the Gledhow Wing restaurant
- Woodlawn Coffee Co, Town Street, Horsforth
- Firefly Pottery, Town Street, Horsforth
- Leeds University: Parkinson Court, Roger Stevens Building, Earth and Environment Building, various points within the
- Student Union building
- All Premier Inn hotels
- All Costa Coffee outlets
- Courtyard Cafe, Kerry Street, Horsforth
- All Pret a Manger outlets
Also the following White Rose Shopping Centre stores, through the Refill Me scheme:
- Bagel Nash
- Big Momma’s
- Cineworld Starbucks
- Costa Next
- Costa North (near Debenhams)
- Costa, the balcony
- El MExicana
- Frankie & Benny’s
- Handmade Burger Co
- Krispy Kreme
- Mr Pretzels
- Patisserie Valerie
- Pizza Express
- Pizza Hut
- The Ice Cream Parlour
- Wok & Go.
And the following Trinity Leeds retailers, through the Refill Me scheme:
- Chicago Ribshack
- Absurd Bird
- Rola Wala
- Liquor Lab
- Krispy Kreme
- Caffe Nero
- Costa Coffee
Stay hydrated wherever you are by carrying a refillable bottle with you and take full advantage of these refill schemes.
This post was written by Lucy Ravenhall from Forge Waste & Recycling.