Tour firm introduces water stations

BANGKOK, 2 September 2019: Abercrombie & Kent Southeast Asia a regional travel firm is supporting a project to introduce drinking water stations around the Thai capital.

Its community support enterprise, Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy, is backing the Refill Not Landfill movement by donating two Refill Stations.

The Refill Stations are located at Warehouse 30 and the Jam Factory in Bangrak and Klongsan, also known as the Creative District, Bangkok, an area frequented by tourists.

“Reducing our use of single-use water bottles is a priority as we work to make our entire operation more sustainable,” said Southeast Asia Regional Manager Belinda Shillcock. “We are proud to support Refill Not Landfill by helping tourists, and Bangkok residents, access clean, safe water when they are exploring the city.”

Refill Not Landfill is a community environment project launched successfully in Cambodia, Laos, and Indonesia and most recently in Thailand.

The project aims to reduce the need to buy water in single-use plastic bottles that ultimately pollute our lands and oceans after disposal.

Tourists discard the plastic bottles after use as opposed to local households recycle them. Along with glass bottles, single-use plastic bottles are items accepted by garbage collection companies in Thailand.

Tourists and locals can find Refill Stations around Southeast Asia by visiting the Refill Not Landfill website, www.refillasia.com (or by scanning the QR code at any Refill Station).

More Refill Not Landfill water stations will pop up in other Bangkok locations including cafes and restaurants, retail and art centres.

Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy supplied two LifeStraw Community Filters as Refill Stations.

This innovative technology filters out impurities using a micro-fibre filter-making any water potable.

The staff at Warehouse 30 and the Jam Factory have been trained to maintain the filters daily.

Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy is the charitable arm of the travel company, Abercrombie & Kent. It works with LifeStraw worldwide to provide clean water tanks to rural communities and urban dwellers.

Refill Not Landfill Asia aims to cut millions of plastic water bottles discarded in Southeast Asia each year by offering Free Refill Stations in Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and Thailand.

The informal consortium hopes to revolutionize the way tourists (and locals) consume water in countries where plastic containers end up in mountainous landfills .  See www.refillasia.com