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As part of their ongoing effort to tackle plastic waste and inspire people to switch to reusable products, London announced the city will be introducing a network of drinking fountains and bottle-refill points!

In a pilot scheme that is to start this summer, twenty new drinking fountains will be installed across London, the Guardian reports. The locations of the fountains are not yet confirmed, but possible sites include tube stations and busy shopping thoroughfares, like Oxford Street.

The system of bottle-refill stations will focus on businesses making tap water available to the public and it will be set up across five areas of the city this February and March. Businesses offering tap water will display signs in their windows so that they can be easily found, while refill points will be also featured in an app. If the project proves to be successful, it will be extended to the rest of the city in the summer. The plans, which also include removal of plastic cups, bottles, and cutlery from City Hall, are part of a proposed three-year initiative from the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. “

We shouldn’t be using single-use plastics, the impact on the environment is so immense,” Shirley Rodrigues, deputy mayor for the environment, told the Guardian. “We just need to get on now and stop their use in London.”

Rodrigues also pointed out that for many, programs like BBC’s Blue Planet had been eye-opening when it comes to the scale of the problem.

The introduction of drinking fountains and bottle-refill points is a great move that will make it easier to stay hydrated without the use of plastic bottles and cups. We certainly hope an initiative like this makes its way across the pond as in the U.S. alone, we use around 1,500 plastic water bottles every second!

Luckily, we can all take personal steps to cut plastic out of our lives, to find out how you can help the planet by ditching plastic bottles, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

Image source: Brad Greenlee/Flickr

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