A Cornish charity working to combat marine plastic pollution by installing water refill stations around the coastline has been awarded funding from South West Water.
Polzeath-based Our Only World has been given £5k, which will be put towards producing and installing water refill stations, providing free drinking water for 15 local communities and their visitors.
Following the principles of a circular economy, the charity is working with designers and manufacturers to produce the refill stations by recycling discarded fishing gear, working with Newquay-based Odyssey Innovation.
Founder and director Tina Robinson said: “South West Water have supported us since the beginning of the project, helping to set up the Polzeath and Rock units and providing advice on best practice for setting up at future sites. They are a key part of the story of Our Only World and this funding will make a massive difference to our progress.”
Joe Ecroyd, customer service director at South West Water, added: ‘’We are proud to have worked with Our Only World since 2017 and to continue that support with the latest funding through our Neighbourhood fund. We believe for the communities we serve, ensuring that people can enjoy the environment they live in, and the places they love, is crucial.
“The new refill stations will not only supply free drinking water to many residents and visitors of 15 local communities, but will help combat marine plastic pollution and protect our natural environment.”