Some of the largest personal care and packaged food companies in the world have announced they will begin selling their products in reusable containers, in efforts to respond to consumer demands for more sustainable packaging options.

While this news has sustainability advocates (like us) rejoicing, it still comes with its caveats.

The Proposal

The Wall Street Journal announced on January 24, 2019 that some of the worlds biggest brands such as Proctor & Gamble Co., Nestle, Pepsi Co Inc and Unilever will begin test selling products in refillable packaging.

This nod to the days of the milkman will involve consumers purchasing products like shampoos, deodorants and Orange Juice in glass or aluminum packaging, then returning the empty packages to be cleaned and refilled then resold by the company.

The Issue

While we praise these companies for joining the global conversation about sustainability and doing something about their contribution to pollution, we can’t forget that this is a business move that will only continue if it’s profitable.

In the interview with the Wall Street Journal, Simon Lowden, president of PepsiCo’s global snacks group said, “People talk about recyclability and reuse and say they’d like to be involved in helping the environment, so let’s see if it’s true.”

How to Help

The proverbial ball is in our court now, these companies will only continue to push for sustainable options if they make money, so it is important that all of us go out and show our support by choosing brands that use refill options!

We cast a vote with every dollar we spend, and we as consumers have the power to perpetuate the on slot of sustainable options by showing big business that sustainability is in!

We Want Refill has been fighting for years to show retailers that consumers want these options in stores. Now is the time to raise our voices even louder because businesses are listening.

Make your voice be heard today and help us continue the fight toward sustainability by signing the petition below today!