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Refill Cyprus

EU Young Ocean Advocate:

City & Country:

Limassol but will be implemented island-wide, Cyprus

Project stage:

Stage 4: Growth

Sea basin:

  • Mediterranean Sea

Topics:

  • Climate and the ocean
  • Healthy and clean ocean
  • Human health

Categories:

  • Ocean conservation

The beautiful island of Cyprus, and the clear waters of the once pristine Mediterranean, are being needlessly polluted by human waste and especially plastic, which once in the sea, breaks down into tiny particles which can never be recovered. One component of all this waste is single-use plastic bottles. We are living in an age where one million plastic bottles are used every minute all around the globe – and this number is only rising. As yet there are almost no “refill and reuse” options available in Cyprus, until now. As the problem of plastic pollution needs to be tackled at source, by reducing consumption, therefore, we've launched Refill Cyprus – a behaviour change campaign created to help people reduce plastic pollution by making it easier to reuse and refill their bottles with everyday essentials – from free filtered drinking water to body care and cleaning products. This exciting new project began with the installation of our very first Water Refill Station in Cyprus, which has been placed on the Yermasoyia seafront. Just 5 months after installing, approximately 6,000 plastic bottles have been saved just from this one refill station, and we are planning to expand the project across the entire island. The second phase of the Refill Cyprus campaign is to revolutionize the way we shop for everyday essentials such as cleaning and body care products.