We’re changing the way Ireland stays hydrated.

We’re creating an empowered community of change makers who prevent single use waste in Ireland before it happens.

Refill.ie was started in 2017 by our founder Barry. He realised that most of us have completely lost our connection to what happens with our waste — and if more people had access to public drinking water and a reusable bottle, we could make an immediate impact on the amount of plastic waste in Ireland.

Supported in the beginning by Rethink Ireland, we set out to start a community-led movement. Refill.ie is here to help solve the plastic problem with practical solutions.

What began in 2017 as two people making a decision to take on single use plastic has become a community-led movement — bringing people together to reduce pollution right at the source.

We’re innovative.

We know that the plastic problem can be solved with creative thinking, and a move towards a more circular economy.

We’re evidence-based.

Our people come from a scientific background — studying the latest developments in environmental policy and behaviour change, and finding new ways to shift how we think about plastic.

And we connect the dots to make that change happen fast.

We’re a social enterprise working with local government and local communities, uniting everyone to reduce Ireland’s levels of single use plastic.

Our Mission

We’re changing the way Ireland stays hydrated.

We’re creating an empowered community of change makers who prevent single use waste in Ireland before it happens.

Our community refill hubs, hydration stations, and reusable cup initiatives not only reduce the need for plastic — they get people talking about plastic waste, and what we can all do to help.

We’re here to help whole communities of people permanently shift their habits and join the movement, creating an avalanche of impact in Ireland and around the world.

Our Vision

Big changes start with tiny choices.

We’re pushing Ireland to become a green leader — and it starts with championing the circular economy, and empowering everyday people to create the change our world needs.

We’re well known for selling reusable water bottles & water stations, and for good reason. We believe that making the switch to a reusable water bottle is one of the most important changes anyone can make to help reduce plastic pollution.

How we do it


We create community refill stations to increase access to drinking water across the nation, and help people find them easily with our Tap App.


We inspire people to make practical lifelong habit changes to make the switch to refillable drinking water.


We sell high quality reusable water bottles to help people find their forever bottle.


We go straight to the source and help big events significantly reduce their plastic waste with reusable cups.


We’re a social enterprise, championing this new business model based on shared ownership and community empowerment. The profits from our events facilities and water bottle sales go straight back into funding our movement.


Most importantly, we’re charging up communities with the belief that tiny habit changes can make a huge difference.

Our Values


Led by the community, we connect the public interest with businesses and local authorities as a trusted non-profit for plastic reduction in Ireland.


We inspire people to feel positive and motivated, encouraging behaviour change by connecting communities back to our rivers and oceans in Ireland.


We’re radically changing the way Ireland hydrates and thinks about plastic waste by spearheading a simple solution with a big, immediate impact.

Giving back

As a non-profit social enterprise we continuously reinvest our profits back into our mission, helping Ireland move towards a greener, more circular economy.

Supporting the Sustainable development goals

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Barry O’Connor — Managing Director

With a degree in environmental science, Barry started Refill.ie in 2017 to offer practical, simple solutions to Ireland’s single use plastic problem. Kickstarting a campaign to make using a forever water bottle a matter of habit, Barry came to believe that community movements have a huge amount of power to tackle global problems like excessive plastic waste.

“Ireland could be a green leader with huge benefits to the economy. If we can start with something as simple as excessive plastic waste, then we could have what it takes to be a leader in change.”

Jennifer Taylor — Lead Project Coordinator

A former Cool Planet champion for Cork, Jennifer’s career has seen her communicate the need for environmental action. She came across Refill.ie whilst campaigning for her own refill station in a local park — becoming aware of our community hydration hubs and joining forces with the Refill.ie movement. Now as our lead project coordinator, she channels her care for the environment into positive action in our community.

Charles Barlow — Director

Charles fell in love with Ireland’s natural beauty after moving here in 2017 — immediately followed by the urge to protect it from pollution. He saw that beach clean up efforts had been successful in restoring some of our beautiful coastlines and waterways, but he wondered if there was a way to prevent this waste from being produced in the first place.

Charles came across Refill.ie on the Volunteer Ireland website, and the rest is history. Charles is currently arming himself with knowledge to support his passion for change — studying as a graduate student for a Masters in Public Policy, with an emphasis on environmental policy.

Garry Fitzpatrick — Volunteer

Garry is passionate about making a positive change in the world — with his activism taking him from coal power plant protests in Germany, to the boardrooms of big pharma conglomerates in Ireland.

Inspired by the team’s attitude, work ethic and vision — Garry has joined the Refill.ie mission to reduce plastic waste at the source, and protect our natural world from the hazards of unnecessary pollution.

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