Sunday, 24 March 2019

Estate agent joins plastic bottles fight

Estate agent joins plastic bottles fight

ESTATE agents Hamptons International are joining Refill — the national scheme that enables people to fill up and reuse their water bottles with tap water instead of buying plastic water bottles.

Shoppers and passers-by can now go into the estate agent’s Henley branch on Hart Street, and fill up their water bottles free of charge.

The scheme aims to reduce plastic pollution — it has over 15,000 water stations listed on its app, and this number is steadily increasing.

Joining Refill is one of several environmental and sustainability initiatives being introduced by Hamptons International during its 150th year.

The company is now displaying a Refill sticker in the windows of all of its branches.

Managing director Lesley Cairns said: “Hamptons International is delighted to be the first national estate agency brand to join Refill. Hamptons has a network of 90 branches, all in prominent high street locations, so it makes perfect sense to invite those looking for a water refill into our branches to prevent the purchase of single-use plastic. This year the business will unveil further environmental initiatives and Refill is the perfect launch pad – it’s simple and effective, and an easy way we can all make a difference. By downloading the app and using Refill you can help reduce plastic waste and save money along the way. So, if you’re near to a Hamptons International branch, feel free to pop in and someone from our team will be delighted to fill your water bottle up for free.”

Almost 30 other Henley businesses have already joined the Refill scheme, which is being led and coordinated locally by Henley resident Julia Carey and town councillor Sarah Miller.

Mrs Carey said: “I’m really pleased that Hamptons are on board. Henley has really embraced the Refill campaign — it’s doing well and the actual campaign itself is massive now around the country.

“It’s such a brilliant campaign, I really admire the lady who started it. She gave up a career in finance — she went on holiday and saw this rubbish on a beautiful beach that she was on, and she decided to do something, so she started up City to Sea and then Refill started from that.

“What happens is everybody gets put on a map, it’s an app that people can download on to their phones, so if you’re going on a bicycle ride or something, you know where you can stop off to refill your bottle. It’s a really simple concept, but it reminds people that you don’t need to buy another bottle.”

To download the Refill app, visit www.refill.org.uk

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