First of all, let's talk about what zero-waste refills are. Basically, instead of buying products in disposable packaging that you throw away after one use, you bring your own containers to a store that offers bulk products. Then, you fill up your containers with the exact amount you need, and you can use them again and again.
Now, you might be thinking, "Why bother with all that when I can just buy products in regular packaging?" Well, let me give you a few reasons:
- It's better for the environment. When you use products with disposable packaging, that packaging ends up in a landfill, where it can take hundreds of years to decompose. By using zero-waste refills, you're reducing the amount of waste you produce and keeping that packaging out of the landfill.
- It saves you money. When you buy products in bulk, you often pay less per unit than you would if you bought them in regular packaging. Plus, you're not paying for the packaging itself, so you're getting more product for your money.
- It's fun! Going to a real shop like Food for Thought is like going on a treasure hunt. You get to choose exactly what you need and how much you need, and you can mix and match different products to create your own unique blend. Plus, it feels good to know that you're making a positive impact on the environment.
But what can you refill?
- Cleaning supplies. You can refill your bottles with all kinds of cleaning supplies, from dish soap to laundry detergent to all-purpose cleaner. Not only is this better for the environment, but it's also safer for your home, since many conventional cleaning products contain harsh chemicals.
- Personal care products. Refillable personal care products are becoming more and more common, and for good reason. You can refill your shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, and more, all without creating any waste.
- Cupboard staples. Buying spices and dry goods in bulk is a great way to reduce packaging waste and save money. Plus, you can often find unusual spices and ingredients that you wouldn't be able to find in regular grocery stores.
- Snacks. Who doesn't love snacks? Refillable snack options include nuts, dried fruit, and even candy. Plus, you can buy exactly the amount you want, so you don't have to worry about wasting food or buying more than you need.
So, refilling is a fun, easy, and rewarding way to reduce your waste and help the environment. Plus, you get to go on a treasure hunt for all kinds of cool products! So why not give it a try? Your wallet and the planet will thank you.
It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than marine life in our seas and oceans*
*Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Did you know?
54.9 million bottles are bought. The pile would be higher than Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the redeemer (38m)*.
every single day
1.3 billion plastic bottles are bought world-wide, everyday. The equivalent to a pile of bottles half the size of the Eiffel Tower (342m) in Paris is sold around the world*.
of every year!
481.6 billion plastic bottles are bought world-wide, each year. If all the plastic bottles sold in 2018 were gathered in a pile, it would be higher than the world’s tallest building, the Burj Kalifa in Dubai (830m)*.