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Evening Standard launches The Plastic-Free Project

The Evening Standard is calling for the end of single use plastic bottles, focusing on the midtown area of WC1 and EC1, the hub of London's business and tourism sectors.

Launched in association with Bee Midtown – an organisation representing the central area of London between the West End and The City – the campaign aims to encourage Londoners to ditch plastic bottles and persuade the Mayor to extend his commitment to deliver new water fountains across London.

According to a report released in April by Keep Britain Tidy and BRITA, 69 per cent of UK adults would be more likely to use a reusable water bottle when out and about if there were more public drinking water facilities available.

The Evening Standard will work towards having fountains installed at a number of stations, including Farringdon, Barbican, Old Street, Russell Square and Chancery Lane. You can find out more about the campaign here.

This initiative forms part of the Evening Standard's Future London project, which aims to make a positive contribution to the capital by addressing five major issues: the quality of the air, the health of citizens, the success of the city centre, pollution from plastics and the digital skills of Londoners.  

Launched in July 2018, Future London sees the Evening Standard report regularly on progress made in each area via special sections in the paper. Read more here.

by Jessie Sampson 01/11/18

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