WHERE DO I REFILL?

Join the #Refillution! 

Refill stations are expanding all over the world. Bring your durable bottle and a smile, and get a water refill. Save money and reduce plastic waste now.

HOW CAN I FIND REFILL STATIONS?

Refill stations can be inside bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and on the street (public fountains). Whether you are a citizen or a tourist, look for the refill window stickers or use one of the Refill Apps to find the nearest refill station. We recommend you to use one of the following apps:

Europe – Refill

Asia – RefillMyBottle

North-America – Tap

FIND REFILL STATIONS IN YOUR COUNTRY

There is not (yet) one single database for all refill stations. We analysed different refill organisations, refill apps and made an overview per country. Click on the link to access the refill organisation’s website listed below.

Australia – ChooseTap

Cambodia – RefillCambodia

Canada – BlueW.org; Tap

France (Paris) – EU Touring

Germany – Refill Deutschland

Holland – Drinkwaterkaart

Hongkong – Water for Free

Indonesia – RefillMyBottle

U.K. – Refill

United States – Tap

Vietnam – RefillMyBottle

We are working hard to keep this list up to date. Are you missing a country? Please let us know.

OUR STORY

The goal of Refill Ambassadors is to establish low-cost water refill points for tourists. Stop wasting plastic bottles, start refilling.

THE PROBLEM

In many countries tourists tend to buy new water bottles each day. Buy and dispose. Every second, millions of plastic water bottles are thrown away after a single use. Time for change!

HOW WE WORK

We try to connect stakeholders from different refill initiatives, locally and globally. For example tour operators, refill apps and local NGO’s. Through collaboration, more awareness is raised on the plastic waste problem and its solutions.

Together with our team of ambassadors, we encourage restaurants, hotels and shops to establish a water refill point. All refill points are located on existing Refill Apps, so they can be easily found. Tourists bring their empty (durable) bottles and pay a small fee for their refill. And of course, a smile.

WHERE WE WORK

The waste of PET bottles – bought and disposed after single use –  is a global problem. Ultimately, our goal is to have refill points everywhere. Working from our base in Amsterdam, we put existing refill points in the Netherlands on the map and identify gaps in coverage at high traffic areas. Furthermore we talk to stakeholders from different refill initiatives all over the world. We look for gaps and synarchies, and try to improve collaboration.

Secondly, our goal is to increase the number of refill points in Europe. We take step by step. We start in one country, where tap water is potable but not preferred due its taste and image. In this way, our Refill Ambassadors can make a big impact. For now we decided to start a pilot in Spain, where plastic bottles and tourists go hand in hand: millions of visitors per year buy and dispose plastic bottles on tourist hotspots like the Alhambra Palace, Granada. 

The final step would be to expand to areas where water is non-potable, with many tourists and yet few refill points. For example Peru.

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JOIN

We dream of a world where plastic waste does not exist. But we cannot achieve this alone. The more people choose to stop buying new bottles, the sooner refilling becomes the norm. Together we can change the way we use and waste plastic bottles. 

BECOME A REFILL AMBASSADOR

  • Look out for places where you can refill your bottle. Use one of the Refill Apps or ask around at your accommodation, in restaurants and bars. Found a spot? Great! Bring your empty bottle and your smile, and start refilling. You don’t need to buy new bottles anymore!
  • Spread the word. Guide other tourists to the refill point.

START A WATER REFILL POINT

  • Do you want to establish a water refill point in your hotel, restaurant, bar or shop? Or do you already have one in place? That’s good news. Because the more refill points, the better.
  • Refill Ambassadors can help you with a free starters kit and advice. After a trial period you decide to buy or return the kit.
  • You can provide free refills or ask a small fee. Tip: charge a bit less than the costs for a new plastic bottle.
  • Make sure travelers know where to find your spot. Create posters and tell your customers about the refill point. Secondly, add your venue to one or more Refill Apps.
  • Need help with this? Contact us.

SUPPORT THE PROJECT

As an individual or organisation, you can help out in various ways. For example:

  • Brainstorm over a cup of coffee
  • Make awesome graphics or videos
  • Discuss possible investments
  • Share updates within your network

We’d be happy to hear from you. Please get in touch.

JOIN THE TEAM

You can change the stream of plastic bottles at its source, starting with a single refill point. Refill Ambassadors is looking for all kind of experts or beginners that share our mission, want to have fun, and dare to fail.

GET IN TOUCH

Do you want to become a refill ambassador? Work with us? Establish a refill point for your business? Or share ideas?

Please contact our main ambassador:

Hella Hekkelman

+31 6 4095 3435

refillambassadors@gmail.com