Be the Change: The story of two women and one refill store

Be the Change: The story of two women and one refill store

Refill stores are a Zero Waster’s paradise. You bring your own containers, get them refilled with goodies like shampoo and dish detergent (often natural and local products!) and pay for the exact amount you want. They also typically stock eco-friendly goods, such as bamboo toothbrushes and compostable floss. It’s shopping without the plastic waste!

But what do you do if you don’t have a refill store near you? I’ve written about this on my Instagram page recently, because there are a lot of other things you can do to help reduce waste and be part of the solution.

For Teresa and Julie, though, that wasn’t enough. Because they didn’t have the refill store of their dreams close by, they decided to open one instead. How’s that for being a living embodiment of the phrase, “be the change you wish to see in the world”?

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On NOT buying

On NOT buying

What’s something that you haven’t bought? For me, it’s on-the-go Zero Waste kits. I think they’re really cute, but for me personally, I have all of the components I need at home anyway, so it would just be a waste. Here’s what I use instead: my son’s metal toddler cutlery, a dishcloth, my water bottle and travel mug, and a little bag.

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