MyMizu App: Problem Solver for Water Refilling in Japan
Being the second largest plastic waste generator of the world, Japan generates nearly nine million tons of plastic waste every year. As compared to France’s usage of 80 bags per person, nearly 300 plastic bags per person are used in Japan per year. Keeping in mind the mental outlook of Japanese people towards plastic waste, a new app named MyMizu App has been created recently.
Launched by Social Innovation Japan on September 20, this application is seen as the first free water refill app in Japan. It provides map of places in Japan where free water is available. Nearly 8,000 stations have been logged already and has been downloaded by more than 5,000 users till now.
Apart from the stations logged by the developers of MyMizu App, the app shows cafes, restaurants and other businesses that have volunteered to offer the refills.
Ever since China banned imports of plastic waste in 2017, Japan is facing a tough time managing 5,100,000 tons of plastic that it used to ship to China every year.
The founders of MyMizu, Robin Lewis and Mariko McTier believe that there is urgent need to focus on the extent of single-use plastic generated by Japan.
Highlighting the lack of environmental consciousness in Japan, Robin Lewis said, “There is a lack of refill points. If you walk around Shinjuku Station, you can’t find one. We aren’t just trying to map them out, but engage cafes and restaurants to become refill stations.”
As per the developers of MyMizu App, if each of the nine million attendees visiting the Olympics and Paralympics buy four bottles per day, by the end of the events nearly 110 million bottles will be rendered waste in six weeks. Using MyMizu App, the amount of waste generated can be controlled.
The organising committee for Olympic games said that they are searching for multiple ways to reduce waste but they are not planning to work with local start-ups like MyMizu.
Also, the estimated 1.8 million spectators visiting the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan will be able to stay hydrated while actively participating in making a global effort towards climate action.
The creators of the app were surprised to see the positive response they received after the launch. McTier said, “a lot of people have been saying that this is what they want.”
Apart from Japan, some other countries have also taken the initiative to contribute towards improving the position of the environment. A new smartphone app, named TAP launched in Sonama Valley, California aimed at reducing the petrifying petroleum pileup in oceans by refilling water in single used plastic bottles.
TAP App is registered in three locations of Sonoma Valley, namely Vintage House, Jack in the Box and the Cook Vineyard Management Store on Eighth Street East.
It is yet to be seen if this smart usage of technology by Japan and California will encourage other countries of the world to think sustainably for the benefit of the future generations.
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