Spar joins the water refill app revolution

AF Blakemore has registered 68 of its Spar convenience stores on the Refill app, a digital platform that informs consumers where they can fill up their water bottles for free.

The app is a component of the Refill Campaign, a nationwide drive to help reduce the amount of plastic in circulation by encouraging people to refill water bottles rather than buy new ones. John Lewis, Neal's Yard, Pret a Manger, Starbucks and Sweaty Betty are among the retailers and hospitality chains that already have a presence on the app.

Spar’s arrival on the app marks the first time a convenience retailer has joined the Refill campaign, adding its locations to the 25,000-plus refill stations already registered nationwide.

The app has been downloaded 260,000 times and is used by 30,000 users per month on average. 

At the registered Blakemore Retail Spar stores, members of the public can ask staff members for free water top ups at the retailer’s foodservice counters. Some of those present on the app have specially-installed refill stations.

Blakemore Retail managing director, Matt Teague, commented: “Our customers tell us that they are concerned about their plastic consumption, and so as a business we are committed to implementing changes to help them reduce it.

“This is a great initiative that will enable people to save money and cut down on plastic pollution.”

The Refill Campaign concept is the brainchild of not-for-profit organisation, City to Sea, which receives 13p every time someone uses Refill to help fund its various planet-protecting campaigns. App users can also register their own refills on the platform in order to measure their personal impact.

CEO of City to Sea, Rebecca Burgess, remarked: "It’s great to see businesses like AF Blakemore/Spar getting behind the Refill Revolution as a positive way to help their customers cut down on single-use plastic.

"We hope they can be an inspiration to other convenience stores and we congratulate them for making it easy for their customers to fill their up their reusable water bottles on the go for free."