The Kingslodge Inn is tapping into a national water campaign that aims to slash the millions of plastic bottles ending up in the world’s oceans each year.
The Durham city inn has pledged its support of Refill by registering as a refill station where people can replenish their water bottles free of charge instead of buying new ones.
Paul Brown is operations manager of The Inn Collection Group which owns The Kingslodge Inn. He said: “The plastic crisis is a global issue, but we can all take matters into our own hands to make a difference in our own communities to tackle plastic pollution. Each of our inns are located on or close to the coast and waterways, so this is a cause close to our hearts.
“As well as tackling the issue of single-use plastic by making it easier for people-on-the-go to reuse and refill their bottles instead of buying new ones, we’re fortunate to have very high-quality drinking water on tap for people to enjoy.
“We’re delighted to be partnering Refill in such a worthwhile initiative and giving people even more reasons to visit The Kingslodge Inn and our sister Inn Collection Group pubs.”
North East regional coordinator for Refill Charlotte Hawkins said: “We know lots of businesses already offer this simple service, but find customers often feel embarrassed or cheeky for asking.
“By letting people know they can look for Refill stickers or posters and be confident they can refill for free where they find one, Refill is encouraging more people to take one small step away from relying on single use plastic bottles. It’s a really simple concept with a really big potential result. It is great to see larger companies get involved with the Refill campaign, and sign up all of their hotels and pubs”.
As well as The Kingslodge Inn, The Inn Collection Group’s Water Refill Stations are available in The Bamburgh Castle Inn at Seahouses, The Lindisfarne Inn near Holy Island, The Hog’s Head Inn at Alnwick, The Amble Inn at Amble and The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth; in County Durham at The Seaton Lane Inn and in Cleveland at The King’s Head Inn in Newton under Roseberry.
Northumbrian Water’s Janine Rillands, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to hear of yet more organisations in the Northumberland area, the Inn Collection Group, pledging their support of Refill. We’ve got amazing tap water quality here in the North East and it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of that, while helping to protect the environment at the same time. We welcome the Inn Collection Group to the Refill scheme and look forward to them making a real impact in the fight against plastic pollution.”
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