LEONARD Stanley based dairy farmers and producers of the award winning Godsells Cheese are celebrating World Refill Day today (Wednesday, June 16).

World Refill Day is a global public awareness campaign aimed at preventing plastic pollution and helping people live with less waste.

The farm in Leonard Stanley offers a refill station where customers can refill their bottles with fresh milk from the farm.

The machine has already saved over 13,000 single-use plastic milk cartons with comparable sales in refillable containers.

The machine is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Customers can bring their own bottles to refill or they can buy reusable glass bottles from the vending machine next to the machine, which also sells a variety of local produce including Day’s Cottage apple juice, Jess Ladies organic kefir and a selection of Godsells cheeses.

Cheesemaker Liz Godsell said: “We wanted to do our bit to encourage our customers to reduce their use of single-use plastics whilst offering an easy way to buy local produce.

"One of the easiest ways of doing this was to offer our milk fresh from the farm to customers in containers that they can use time and time again.”

Stanleys district councillor Steve Hynd said: “We need to find innovative ways to replace single-use plastics with reuse and refill and I am delighted that Godsells is pioneering one such example.”

See: godsellscheese.com