AN ECO-FRIENDLY cafe in Stratford has joined the the war on plastic by offering people the chance to fill up water bottles for free.
The Orangemabel on Union Street is dedicated to upcycling and reducing plastic and food waste, and along with its sister branch in Alcester, is among 15 ‘refill stations’ in Warwickshire where runners and passers-by can stop to have their bottle refilled with tap water, rather than buying a new bottle of water from a shop.
Owner Jayne Richmond-Bolt said there was no obligation for thirsty locals to purchase anything or to donate cash.
She added: ” Businesses are a contributor to pollution and plastic waste.
“Especially with small businesses, a grassroots movement is a good way to promote the cause. This will hopefully have a knock on effect and if everyone does their bit it could have a big impact.”
The movement – set up by campaign organisation City to Sea – began in Bristol in 2015 and has since grown to 16,000 stations across the country.
The organisation claims some 800 plastic bottles a minute are ending up in landfill or as litter – often finding their way into waterways and oceans.
The Orangemabel – which recently ditched plastic straws – is also committed to upcycling.
The vintage crockery is all second hand, and Jayne is also saving any broken or chipped china for local artists to use for mosaics and other artwork.
And coffee grounds and tea leaves are re-used for compost by staff and customers.
Search Orangemabel on Facebook for details and go to refill.og.uk for more information on the campaign.