London to combat plastic waste with network of bottle refill points and fountains

January 24, 2018 by  
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London is taking a swing at plastic waste with moves that offer alternatives to plastic water bottles . Instead of buying another container that could end up in a landfill or the ocean , people in the city could use a drinking fountain or refill reusable bottles under a new scheme. The Guardian reports London aims to install 20 new drinking fountains and launch a bottle refill initiative. The Guardian said mayor Sadiq Khan hopes to tackle the plastic problem with a three-year, £750,000 (around $1,048,395) initiative slated to go before the budget committee of the London Assembly later this week. The drinking fountains and refill effort are part of the initiative, as is a move to stop offering plastic utensils, cups, and bottles at City Hall. Related: The world’s population buys one million plastic bottles every single minute The 20 drinking fountains will be put in place beginning this summer; locations haven’t yet been confirmed but deputy mayor for the environment Shirely Rodrigues told The Guardian that potential sites include bustling shopping areas like Oxford Street or Transport for London’s tube stations. More drinking fountains are also under consideration. The Guardian recently published an investigation revealing disparities in the provision of fountains in the city’s boroughs – some areas, like Barnet and Sutton, reportedly don’t have any at all. Under the bottle refill initiative, set to commence in five areas (yet to be announced) in February and March, businesses would make tap water available to the public. They will be able to locate places providing free tap water via window signs or an app. If the effort is successful, it could launch in the rest of London this summer. One movement working with the mayor is the Zoological Society of London-led #OneLess campaign . They will be supplying fountains and will scrutinize whether or not the moves do reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment. According to #OneLess, “Londoners are among the highest users of bottled water in the UK. The average London adult buys 3.37 plastic water bottles every week – that’s 175 every year per person, and over a billion per year on a city level. Sadly, many of these end up in the River Thames and flow out to the ocean.” Via The Guardian Images via Depositphotos ( 1 , 2 )

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Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012

December 20, 2011 by  
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Keeping our national parks beautiful should be a nation-wide effort, and the Grand Canyon National Park is hoping to take a step in the new year that would make that easier for everyone by  banning the sale of plastic bottles within the park’s borders. The park has had a plastic bottle ban on its radar for a while now and is currently looking into the feasibility of placing public water refilling stations around the park to make sure visitors keep well hydrated. If the ban is approved and implemented the park would be following in the footsteps of Zion National Park in Utah and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – two parks that have already put plastic bottle bans in place. Read the rest of Grand Canyon National Park Plans to Ban the Sale of Plastic Bottles in 2012 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: banning plastic bottles , grand canyon , grand canyon national park , grand canyon water fountain , national park bottle ban , National Park Service , plastic bottle , plastic bottle ban , Plastic bottles

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Woman Makes Harry Potter House Out of Gingerbread!

December 20, 2011 by  
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We’ve seen some pretty rad DIY gingerbread houses this holiday season — from brownstones to geodesic domes to alpine cabins — but if you’re a Harry Potter fan, we’ve just found the edible house for you. DIYer Mezcraft just posted photos of her gingerbread rendition of the Weasley’s teetering abode from the Harry Potter series, complete with monogrammed sweaters hanging on the line. We have to say, her sugary architectural skills are quite impressive and we think Ron and company would be proud of Mezcraft’s artful rendition of The Burrow. Read the rest of Woman Makes Harry Potter House Out of Gingerbread! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cool gingerbread house , family activities , gingerbread house , great gingerbread house , Harry Potter , harry potter gingerbread house , holiday activities , holiday decorations , holiday festivities , how to make a gingerbread house , muggle gingerbread house , potter gingerbread house , unique gingerbread house , Weasley gingerbread house

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Seattle’s Firestation 30 is a Copper-Clad Green Community Beacon

December 20, 2011 by  
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Generous Water Fountain Gently Fills Your Bottle to the Brim

September 26, 2011 by  
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We often ignore water fountains, passing them up for sweet bottled beverages packed into vending machines . So to give an old design some much needed love and attention, Poletic Studio has created the Tropism Well, a public drinking fountain that gently fills your glass or bottle with life giving H2O . Watch a video of it in action after the jump! Read the rest of Generous Water Fountain Gently Fills Your Bottle to the Brim Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: art installation , Creative Review , Drinking Fountain , Poietic Studio , public art , public space , Tropism Well , Water Fountain , water issues

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