Officials and environmental activists have been hotly contesting how best to approach waste disposal in the United Kingdom; lately there have been heated discussion over a proposed "latte levy," which would charge customers extra money if they used a disposable cup at a coffee shop.
What brought this on? Like most developed countries, Britain has a problem with producing garbage. A lot of that garbage is plastic, a material that is currently clogging our oceans and threatening to overtake fish as a maritime inhabitant. For perspective, consumers in the U.K. use about 38.5 million plastic bottles every day, and only half of those are recycled.
Fast Company reports that an initiative called 'Refill' is working to limit plastic plastic waste, starting in the city of Bristol. Refill began in 2015, partnering with 200 locations in the first two months. They now have "refill stations" in 1,600 businesses across the U.K., as well as locations in European cities like Hamburg and Berlin.