Rockfish, which operates six fish and chip outlets along Devon’s south coast, is helping stem the tide of single-use plastic bottle pollution by installing taps outside its restaurants.
The taps are free to use and enable locals to refill their bottles with drinking water whenever they want.
The move is part of a wider initiative called Refill
in which participating outlets display a round, blue sticker in their window, inviting thirsty passers-by to come on in and fill up their bottle for free. Rockfish has been part of the scheme since it launched in Devon in 2017 but decided this year to take its commitment one step further and install taps outside its restaurants, making it even easier for customers to refill their bottles.
Commenting on the introduction of the outside taps, owner Mitch Tonks says: “We think it’s the right thing to do to reduce the use of plastics in our business and support initiatives that work towards a better solution and we’re proactively working with suppliers to reduce the amount they use.
“It fits with our general ethos about fish buying and sustainability, about working with local organisations like Exmouth Beach Rescue club who organise beach cleans, and producing our new kid’s packs with information on all this too and which have beach clean bags in them. We want to be championing solutions not adding to problems.”
The move is the latest in the restaurant chain's efforts to get rid of plastic, which includes, for example, introducing biodegradable straws, wooden takeaway cutlery, loose leaf tea and recyclable paper cups for the takeaway.