Public water fountains could be the solution to tackling the rising problem of waste created by single-use plastic.
According to latest figures, a million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every minute and annual consumption is expected to surpass half a trillion bottles by 2021.
A recent report on BBC One’s Blue Planet II highlighted the devastating damage plastic is having on marine life.
Installing more fountains in towns and cities across the country could be a simple solution to reducing the use of single-use plastic.
Members of the public could be encouraged to refill water bottles, recycling them for their own use.
Train stations, leisure centres, schools, shops and cafés could all house water fountains.
Andy Dukelow, Director of Sanitaryware Supplies Company, commented on the benefits of public fountains: “I think it’s a fantastic idea to implement them
“There is growing concern about the impact of plastic pollution on our land and seas.
“Installing water fountains would not only be a big help to the single-use plastic issue we are having it would also encourage more water drinking.”
In London, the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is keen for a network of water fountains to be rolled out. As part of a three-year £750,000 initiative to tackle waste in the capital, 20 new drinking fountains will be installed across London in a pilot scheme starting this summer.
A bottle-refill initiative is also being introduced where businesses make tap water available to the public.
If similar schemes were introduced across the rest of the country the positive impact on the environment could be huge.