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What is a Refillery?

Updated: 6 days ago

Refilling shampoo at Replenish, Summerland

Refillery Basics

A refillery is a type of store where you can bring your own containers to refill everyday products like cleaning supplies and personal care items. Some refill stores also carry food staples. Instead of buying new bottles or packages every time you run out, you simply refill the containers you already have, and then come back and fill them again! This helps reduce plastic waste and promotes a circular economy. Replenish Refillery also stocks sustainable products that help to make low-waste, plastic-free living much easier. Examples include food-wrap, kitchen linens, storage containers, cups and flasks, wooden kitchen brushes, bamboo toothbrushes, razors, period products, bamboo dryer balls, bath bombs, gifts and more.

It's like a refreshing step back into how shopping used to be!

Why Should You Care?

Reducing waste is a big win for our planet, but it can feel overwhelming to know where to start. Refilleries like ours make it easy and convenient to make a positive change without overhauling your entire lifestyle. Plus, who doesn’t love the idea of fewer trips to the recycling bin? According to the Government of Canada, we throw away over 3 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. Only 9% is recycled while the rest ends up in our landfills, waste-to-energy facilities or the environment. Plastic waste and marine litter burdens our economy and threatens the health of the environment including wildlife, rivers, lakes and oceans.

How Does It Work?

  1. Bring Your Containers: Clean, empty containers from home. Even plastic. Don’t worry if they’re not perfect – a good wash is all they need. At Replenish Refillery, we also have free, donated jars for you to use. And of course, you can purchase a sustainable container too!

  2. Weigh: Upon arrival, weigh the containers and note the weight.

  3. Fill Up: Choose your products and fill your containers, taking as little or as much as you need.

  4. Weigh and Pay: Bring your filled containers to the cash desk and we will re-weigh, subtracting the starting weight. It’s as simple as that!

At Replenish, we are also very happy to fill for you, or you can drop-off your containers for us to fill as you go about your day!

What Can You Refill?

Refilleries offer a wide range of products. Here are some common items you can find at Replenish:

* Laundry detergent

* Dish soap

* All purpose cleaner

* Floor cleaner

* Dishwasher detergent

* Hand soap

* Body wash

* Baby products

* Face products

* Face wash

* Body lotion

* Toothpaste tablets

* Shampoo

* Conditioner

* Hair Spray/Gel

* Deodorant

* Bubble bath

* Mineral Bath soaks

* Dog shampoo

* Yoga mat spray

* Unscented products & scented

Making a Difference

Every little bit helps when it comes to reducing waste. By choosing to shop at a refillery such as ours, you’re taking a step towards a more sustainable future. It’s not about being perfect; it’s about making mindful choices that collectively make a big impact.

Ready to start your zero-waste journey? Visit us at Replenish Refillery and Zero Waste Store. We can’t wait to see you! Online shopping available too.

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