The Refill Initiative’s mission is to reduce, and eventually eliminate, single-use food and beverage containers on campus (e.g, coffee cups, water bottles, and take out containers). To do so, they develop, promote, and campaign for programs that provide reusable alternatives to all members of the UBC community. Currently, their efforts are focused on launching and operating MugShare, an alternative to single-use coffee cups that allows anyone on campus to borrow a reusable mug for a fully refundable $2 deposit. So far they have partnered with 7 different cafes on campus, including Blue Chip and JJ Bean!

Previously, the Refill Initiative team has also worked closely with Campus & Community Planning to lobby for changes in UBC policy and contribute to UBC’s Water Action Plan, which includes efforts to improve water fountain signage and access to bottle refill stations. Other past initiatives include promoting the Eco-to-Go container sharing program in residences and running the Tap That campaign to encourage students to ditch bottled water.

Follow Mugshare on Instagram here and Facebook here

Meetings Spring 2019

Time: Wednesday’s 7-8 pm

Location: CIRS 2336

 

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