And did you know, that one of the worst offenders on the single-use scale is plastic bottles? A scary number of the amount we buy wind up in landfill, or in our oceans. That’s why tap is here to help you find free water when you’re out and about, without having to buy plastic—just the app and a reusable bottle is all you need to #drinkdifferent and reduce your footprint.
The plastic problem is not limited to plastic bottles—but they’re a huge contributor to the amount of plastic that ends up in landfill and then makes its way into our oceans. It takes between 500 and 1000 years for plastic to degrade, and 80% of pollution enters the ocean from the land. According to Eco Watch, plastic constitutes approximately 90% of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile, and one million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans. This is not a drill.
The crux of the matter is that over 1 million plastic bottles are purchased every minute—and nearly 80% of these end up in our landfills and oceans. At this rate, the amount of single-use plastic ending up in our oceans will outweigh fish by 2050, unless we make a change.
The premise of tap is simple; it allows you to find nearby ‘refill stations’, so you never have to buy bottled water again. You just open the app and within seconds you’ll find the closest place to refill your water bottle. This can include coffee shops and restaurants that have signed up to become tap partners, as well as public places where you can get your free refills.
As well as being a godsend for the environment, there is a myriad of benefits that come with using the tap app. For starters, you’re saving your hard-earned cash instead of parting with $3 for something you can get for free, it’s super convenient as more and more people and places cotton on to its merits, and is also a great resource if you’re travelling as you can quickly adjust your location and see where to get water in seconds.
The pledge and partners
tap are challenging new users to go 30 days without purchasing bottled water, and encourage you to take their #drinkdifferent pledge. They are also always looking for partners—coffee shops, cafes, restaurants and the like—who will benefit from increased foot traffic, positive brand interaction and a sense of community involvement by participating by way of their water supply. How easy is that?!