'They're just not very British': will cities finally splash out on water fountains?

Michael Gove has suggested water fountains to combat the tide of plastic produced in Britain. Sadiq Khan wants drinking points to dot the London landscape. Twice in the same week, two of the most powerful environmental decision-makers in the UK have offered the same antidote to the country’s plastic addiction: don’t re-buy, refill.

It’s a timely idea. A million plastic bottles are bought worldwide every minute, and drinking fountains have the potential to dramatically cut the consumption of such single-use plastic.