WHERE DO I FIND REFILL STATIONS?

Find Refill Stations & Join the #Refillution! 

Refill stations are expanding all over the world. Bring your durable bottle and a smile, and get yourself a water refill. Save money and reduce single-use plastics now.

HOW CAN I FIND REFILL STATIONS?

Refill stations can be inside bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and in public spaces (water ATM’s or public fountains). Whether you are a citizen or a tourist, look for refill window stickers or use one of the Refill Apps to find the nearest station. We recommend you to use one of the following apps (in our opinion, these apps stand out because of the scope and user-interface):

Are there no refill stations in your area? Enter a bar, restaurant or shop and just ask for a water refill (please check whether the water is save to drink). Or become a refill ambassador yourself!

FIND REFILL STATIONS IN YOUR COUNTRY

Unfortunately, there is not one single database for all refill points worldwide. With Refill Ambassadors, we want to stimulate the #Refillution. Therefore, we analysed different refill organisations/refill apps and made an overview per country.

How does it work? Click on the links below to visit the website of these organisations. Firstly, it helps to find refill points wherever you are. Both in your local neighbourhood or when travelling. Secondly, you can put your own tap on the map. Because the more refill stations, the easier it becomes to refill your bottle. 

We are working hard to keep this list up to date. Do you want to know more about the people behind these organisations? Read our “Best Practices” interviews. Are you missing a country? Please let us know.

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 single-use plastics, the sooner refilling becomes the norm. Together we can change the way we use and waste plastic packaging. Like water bottles, coffee cups and food containers. 

BECOME A REFILL AMBASSADOR

  • Always carry a reusable bottle with you (your Best Bottle Forever, or BBF). Even better: carry your own reusable cup, food box and cutlery too.
  • 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. 
  • Spread the word. Inspire others to refill and bring their own bottles, cups and more. Guide people to the nearest refill station. You can even ask businesses to become a refill station. 
  • Refuse straws, plastic bags and other stuff you don’t need. Maybe you want to take it a step further and reduce more single-use plastics? Check out some useful plastic free guides.

BECOME A WATER REFILL STATION

  • Do you want to establish a water refill station in your hotel, restaurant, bar or shop? And do you have publicly accessible tap (providing safe tap water)? You can change the stream of plastic bottles at its source, starting with a single refill station. You may benefit from increased exposure as a result.
  • Make sure people know your refill station exists. Add a window sticker, create posters and tell your customers about the refill station.
  • Add your refill station to one or multiple refill apps. We recommend you to use Refill, Closca, mymizu and/or RefillMyBottle. For more details, please read our blog.
  • Take the next step: in addition to water bottles, invite customers to bring their own reusable food containers, coffee cups and jars!

We understand concerns regarding refilling / reusing due to the coronavirus. In our opinion, it is possible to take some precautions, while still striving for low/no-waste. Check out these tips.

SUPPORT THE PROJECT

Refill Ambassadors is a non-profit organisation. All help is appreciated! As an individual or organisation, you can support us financially or with in-kind services. For example:

  • Make graphics or videos
  • Share our updates within your network
  • Write a blog

We are happy to discuss possibilities with you. Please get in touch.

JOIN OUR TEAM

Refill Ambassadors is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We collaborate with people all over the world. We are looking for all kind of experts or beginners that share our mission, want to have fun, and dare to fail. About us.

ABOUT US

MEET THE TEAM

Hello reader! We are Roos, Félice, Madelief and Hella. Four Dutch girls from Amsterdam, around 30 years old. We collaborate with several refill organisations and refill ambassadors all over the world. We work independently. 

More about us: how sustainable are we ourselves? This is an interesting question. Let’s be clear: we are no zero-waste heroes, neither ‘green angels’. The easiest thing is to bring our own cups, bottles and boxes. Furthermore we try to be aware of our own footprint and make choices that work for us. For example we all love vegan food, though we must admit Madelief is the most creative DIY chef. Roos loves cycling, and even crosses half the city to visit a particular bulk store. Hella makes her own furniture from waste materials, while Félice follows the latest environmental friendly developments. Most importantly, we want to keep learning, have fun and inspire others to join the #Refillution. 

WE ARE A NONPROFIT ORGANISATION

Refill Ambassadors is a nonprofit organisation. We work for free (a.k.a. fun) because we feel this project matters. We all have our own jobs so this project is done in our free time. The key is to keep expenses low and collect what we need. In 2019, we won the DESIGNSCAPES 1st Open Call grant (€5.000). In addition, we receive a tiny percentage when someone orders TAPP water filters using the discount code refillambassadors. We use this money to cover our operational costs.  

Do you like Refill Ambassadors? With your support, we can raise more awareness and build the refill movement. All help is appreciated! Our details:

Refill Ambassadors
Djambistraat 44-3
1094 BB Amsterdam
The Netherlands
info@refillambassadors.com

  • Refill Ambassadors is registered as “Stichting Refill Ambassadors”
  • KvK (Chamber of Commerce in the Netherlands): 75062623 / RISN: 860126857
  • IBAN number: NL56 TRIO 0379 6870 03  BIC/SWIFT = TRIONL2U

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GET IN TOUCH

Questions? Do you want to establish a refill point for your business? Or become a refill ambassador yourself?

info@refillambassadors.com / +31 6 4095 3435

 

 

NEWS

REFILL STARTS FROM HOME

Posted by Hella on  7th November 2020
Category: General
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NO EXCUSE FOR SINGLE USE

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  1st October 2020
Locate your drinking water refill spot, grab a coffee in your reusable cup on your way to work and  shop without using single-use plastics. Today, Refill is launching a better version of the app and a new campaign called ‘no excuse for single use’. We are really excited about this.

CLEANUP CAMPAIGNS: HELPFUL OR HARMFUL?

Posted by Hella on  25th September 2020
Category: Single-use plastics
Last week, it was World Cleanup Day.  In total, 39.324 people took part in the Netherlands, and hundreds of thousands of people around the globe. I also assembled a small team to clean the streets and parks in my neighbourhood in Amsterdam. Within a few hours, we collected 4 big

POEM: DO NOT TRY TO SAVE THE WHOLE WORLD

Posted by Hella on  11th September 2020
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TAP WATER AT CAMINO SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

Posted by Hella on  21st August 2020
Is Santiago de Compostela tap water safe to drink? Yes, it’s very safe! Last month, Michal and I walked a part of the Camino del Norte (the northern Spain coastal route). We were amazed by the beautiful scenery, but also by the large number of refill stations. And the taste

PLOGGING: RUNNING FOR A CAUSE

Posted by Hella on  19th July 2020
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WHY SIGN UP AS A REFILL STATION? AND HOW?

Posted by Hella on  18th February 2020
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NEW! REFILL ITALIA (REFILL ITALY)

Posted by Hella on  10th February 2020
Category: Refill App
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Have you already heard of mymizu? If not, prepare yourself for a must-read. mymizu – Japan’s first free water refill app – was launched in September 2019. The app now displays almost 200.000 refill stations around the world, with new refill points being added every day. With around 20.000 app

WATER REFILL APPS: AN INVESTIGATION

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  31st January 2020
Category: Refill App
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REFILL AMBASSADORS: 2020 AMBITIONS

Posted by Hella on  6th January 2020
On behalf of the Refill Ambassadors team: happy new year! I hope you started the new decade with a bright mood and lots of water refills. In this blog I’d like to briefly reflect on the past year and share our plans for 2020 with you. But above all: thank

AMSTERDAM OPEN TAP CHALLENGE

Posted by Félice on  18th December 2019
On a beautiful sunny autumn day, refill ambassadors Hella and Félice went for an “open tap challenge” In the city center of Amsterdam: would venues open their tap for people, passengers of all kinds, just to have their water bottles filled? And so we approached cafe, boutique shop and supermarket

TAPP: IN LOVE WITH TAP WATER

Posted by Hella on  8th November 2019
Category: Tap Water, Water filters
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“Lowering the threshold to ask for a refill”. That’s the main goal of Publiek Water (translated as ‘Public Water’), a new initiative founded by 5 colleagues in Haren, the Netherlands. The team combines this national refill project with their regular job for advertising agency ‘Publiek’. We spoke with project manager

REFILL APP UPDATED (REFILL.ORG.UK)

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  11th October 2019
Category: Refill App
The Refill app has been updated! Over the past couple of months, the Refill team (Refill.org.uk) has worked hard to make some adjustments to their app. Adding new refill stations has never been this easy. Over 30,000 refill stations are listed to the app, from London to Santiago de Chile.
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6X PLASTIC FREE GUIDES

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  20th September 2019
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RETULP: REFILL TO FULFILL

Posted by Hella on  15th July 2019
Category: Reusable bottles
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ZERO WASTE EVENT

Posted by Hella on  30th March 2019
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TAP WATER IN ARUBA, BONAIRE & CURAÇAO

Posted by Hella on  20th February 2019
Category: Tap Water
Can you drink tap water in Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao? The answer is yes. Tap water on these former Dutch Antilles islands is distilled from sea water. It is perfectly safe to drink, meeting the highest quality standards of the World Health Organization. I was wondering whether you can also get water refills on

BEST PRACTICES: REFILL

Posted by Hella on  28th January 2019
Refill is on a mission to inspire social change: stopping plastic bottles at its source and making it easier to refill. Over the past years, this campaign has grown into a community with over 15,000 Refill Stations, which are listed in their app. How did this develop? What’s next? Time for
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DOWNLOAD THE REFILLMYBOTTLE APP

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  9th January 2019
Category: Refill App
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PLASTIC-FREE HIGHLIGHTS IN SEVILLE

Posted by Hella on  9th December 2018
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TAP WATER IN SEVILLE

Posted by Hella on  3rd December 2018
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COMING UP: TRIP TO SPAIN

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  2nd November 2018
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REFLECTION ON A PLASTIC DIET

Posted by Hella on  17th October 2018
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PUBLIC DRINKING FOUNTAINS

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  1st October 2018
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YOUR BBF: BEST BOTTLE FOREVER

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  12th September 2018
Category: Reusable bottles
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BEST PRACTICES: REFILLMYBOTTLE

Posted by Hella on  21st August 2018
Category: Best practices
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REFILL AMBASSADORS X WORLD CLEANUP DAY

Posted by Hella on  15th August 2018
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BEST PRACTICES: FRANK WATER

Posted by Hella on  25th June 2018
Category: Best practices
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SO MANY OPTIONS, WHERE TO BEGIN?

Posted by Hella on  11th June 2018
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A DREAM WAS BORN

Posted by Hella on  30th May 2018
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LIKE HANSEL AND GRETEL

Posted by Refill Ambassadors on  24th May 2018
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