KNUTSFORD has joined Refill – a nationwide campaign which allows people to refill their water bottle with tap water at any business which displays a ‘Refill’ sticker in their window.

The Refill scheme’s aim is to reduce the volume of single use plastic in the UK, and there are already hundreds of refill schemes across the country.

A cross-section of establishments has joined the scheme in Knutsford, which is open to any type of business, not just cafes and bars.

Harrison Wild, one of the group’s leading members, said: “Oliver Wild has made great inroads into reducing the use of plastic in our supply chain by asking our suppliers to reduce or eliminate the plastic packaging that comes with their clothes.

“So far it has been easier to implement than first thought, and if any other Knutsford retailers want to follow suit they are welcome to get in touch.”

Businesses which have joined the scheme are - Oliver Wild, The Bath House, Mr Simms Olde Worlde Sweet Shoppe, The Old Sessions House, Diamond Nails, The White Orchid, On Church Hill, The Freemasons, Saks Hairdressers, Fat Face, Clarity Contemporary Jewellery, The Market Café, Techno Type, The Prescription Service, Knutsford Town Council, Corks Out and Cranford Café, Cohens Chemist and Wine and Wallop.

Emma Talbot, store manager of Fat Face said: “Fat Face have always strived to minimise the volume of plastic and packaging used in our supply chain, and it was a logical step to join this scheme. We look forward to welcoming thirsty shoppers.”

The idea to join the scheme came from Plastic Wise, an informal group of councillors, council officers and businesses.

There will be a Refill app coming soon, but if any retailer wishes to join the scheme they should contact Sandra Curties, town centre manager, by calling 01565 653929.