Help support the movement for refillable technology in your local retail stores.

Refill Technology is Going Mainstream

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The amount of plastic waste circulating the world is staggering. An estimated 79% of all plastic – from product packaging to shopping bags – covers landfills, washes into the ocean, or flutters around streets and alleys. Experts say the world is “drowning in plastic,” but consumers and companies alike are starting to make changes.

There are several companies, particularly those in the UK, that are now offering refill technology. The idea is simple. Consumers pay for a reusable bottle and bring it back to a store for a refill when they’re ready for more. Take a look at the initiatives that are taking refill technology mainstream.

Refill initiatives that are making a difference

• Environmental organization connect consumers with refill options

The number of companies offering refillable options is growing, but it’s hard for consumers to keep track of. To help, Refill, a UK organization dedicated to helping people live with less plastic, has created an app for consumers to find places to eat, drink, and shop with less waste. On the app consumers can find water refill stations, restaurants that eliminate to-go containers by packing food in consumer-provided lunchboxes, or stores that don’t use plastic bags.

• Refill station for body wash

The Body Shop, a UK company that sells skincare products, has installed a refill station in its London shop. Consumers can pick from six of the company’s most popular shower gels and pump them into a reusable bottle. The refill station is just part of the company’s efforts to reduce waste. Due to growing concerns about single-use plastics, The Body Shop also plans to phase out wet wipes, give consumers coupons for returning empty bottles, and add upcycled furniture to its store.

If successful, the company plans to make these changes in other stores in Europe and North America.

• Cleaning products delivered to your door in reusable bottles

During the pandemic, an English woman created a company aimed at reducing plastic waste. The Bottle Drop will deliver cleaning products, for both homes and humans, to a consumer’s door in reusable containers. Many of the bottles resemble old-school milk bottles.

How does it work? Orders are placed online, deliveries are made each week, and empty bottles are picked up, sterilized, and reused in future orders.

• Refillable shampoo

Unilever’s Mexican shampoo brand, Sedal, introduced a refill station inside several Walmart stores. Consumers could buy a reusable aluminum bottle and refill it rather than buy the more expensive plastic bottles. In the first ten days, the company sold two tons of shampoo and the demand only continued. As a result, the company plans to introduce the program across Mexico.

Refill technology already exists in the US

Wondering why you can’t take advantage of refill technology in the states? The technology exists, but a lot of retailers aren’t keen on the idea. They don’t believe consumers will use refill stations. If you’re interested in using a refill station to purchase your favorite cleaner, soap, shampoo, and other household goods, sign this petition. Tell retailers that you’re ready to refill and help curb plastic pollution.

Sign the Petition

JOIN THE MOVEMENT!

It's time to tell retailers and manufacturers that we want new technologies to replace plastic waste.

The government hasn't taken the steps necessary to ban plastic waste so it's up to us - the consumer - to petition retailers and manufactures for change.

The technologies exist to create refill stations at your local retail store so why you haven't seen them? Retailers and manufacturers are hesitant to install refill stations because it's a huge industry shift and, most importantly, they have no idea that consumers want it.

When it comes to change, consumers have to take charge. It's time for you to get involved and tell retailers and manufactueres that #WeWantRefill.

The #WeWantRefill movement is gaining momentum, but more must be done. To show retailers how serious you are about using refill technology, please take a minute to sign this petition to send a clear message to retailers that it's time to refill, not waste.

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Share your thoughts about refilling household products and let consumer brands and retailers know that you want the choice to keep plastic out of landfills!