Having been instrumental in placing two water bottle refill stations on Polzeath and Rock beaches which were imported from the USA, Tina Robinson of Cornish charity, Our Only World, became determined to get these made in Cornwall. Robinson said: “It’s the charities aim to have a Cornish made water refill station on all of our beautiful beaches. If we can site 15 of these units we will potentially save the use of 30 million single use plastic bottles over their 10 year life.”
Partnering with Paul Gilbert from South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS), a design completion was launched looking for young designers with fresh ideas at Plymouth University, under Professor Antony Robotham.
Seven exciting and innovative designs were created and reviewed by a panel of experts, the charity was both delighted and impressed by the quality of the submissions and thanked everyone who took part. Our Only World, the Quinnian Trust and Alford family presented cheques to Ross Mackley the winner for his design, and to Stephen Pritchett and Amanda Burton.
Mackley said: “I have really enjoyed competing in the competition and I am really excited to see the product I’ve designed going into production and to be used to save plastic bottles“
The aim is to have a fully tested prototype by the New Year, this is currently being developed by Dynamic Edge in Liskeard. The Charity is looking for funding to help develop and test the prototype. We would like to thank Neptune Rum, Acceleration Through Innovation, Sea-Changers, and TEVI for their support.
Tina said “Importing these units seems crazy, local manufacture will create employment and business opportunities for the manufacturer, and reduce the carbon footprint of shipping from the USA. And, if we can be successful in the South West, there is no reason why these shouldn’t be placed throughout the UK.”