With many Refill Stations available throughout the city, you can hydrate and refill your bottle at any time: it’s convenient, pleasant and cost effective! In addition, it contributes to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as it has many benefits for the global environment and local communities.
Reducing environmental impacts
By choosing tap water over plastic bottled beverages, you can save Earth’s limited resources and greatly reduce CO2 emissions. CO2 emissions from drinking tap water are one thousandth that of imported PET bottled water (the Bureau of Waterworks, Tokyo Metropolitan Government).
Raising awareness about the conservation of local water resources
Having the choice of tap water will give us an opportunity to think about and take action for the conservation of water resources such as rivers, forests and groundwater, as well as the oceans.
Water as a basic human right and a heatstroke prevention measure
Water is a basic human right that is essential for our survival. Providing hydration infrastructure is a public sector responsibility. It is also the most important measure for heatstroke prevention.
Creating attractive cities and new communication opportunities
Having greater numbers of stylish drinking fountains and water bottle filling stations will make our cities more attractive. New communication opportunities and harmony between people can also be created through water bottle filling services at shops and conversations over slowly brewing tea.
HOW TO EXPAND?
Refill Japan’s Refill Stations must meet two criteria:
- Anyone can use them for free.
- The water must come from a tap.
Refill Stations can be in various styles, including water supply infrastructure such as drinking fountains, water coolers and water bottle filling stations, as well as shops that will refill your bottle.
We at Refill Japan recommend that interested parties take the following steps to increase the number of Refill Stations.
Encourage the maximum use of existing infrastructure
Check the locations of existing drinking fountains, cafes and other shops that refill your bottle for free. Let the public know through mapping, etc. and encourage them to use the facilities.
Install temporary facilities at event venues and in the street for PR and demand survey purposes
Install temporary refilling stations* (directly connected to a tap or a tank) and conduct surveys, demonstration tests, etc. *If you wish to lease a Refill Japan temporary refilling station that can be directly connected to a tap, please contact our secretariat via email.
Ask for the installation of permanent infrastructure in the city
Ask for the installation of permanent infrastructure at local government facilities, transportation facilities, commercial facilities, etc.
Do you want to work with us as a local Refill group? Please check this page and get the more detailed manual (in Japanese).