While celebrating the World Refill Day this year, the world’s seas are still “welcoming” a truckload of trash into its waters every minute. Tackling this worldwide waste problem is something we need to do in collaboration: as conscious consumers and mindful manufacturers.
“As a global movement, we have the power to create a wave of change.”
World Refill Day, 16 June 2021
Globally, less than 2% of packaging is reusable. The best way to create that wave of change is not just becoming aware of WHAT we are buying, but even more importantly, HOW. We don’t need to say no to all things we need or love in our lives. The key is to produce and replace only the part of the product that is actually being used. You wouldn’t discard a perfectly good car just because it ran out of fuel! We can take it to the gas station or the charging point to be filled up again. The same concept can be applied to many more things we own and use daily.
Let’s change “more trash” to “more refills”
In the old days there were milkmen who went round, collecting empty bottles and replacing them with freshly filled ones. In the modern day, when the global markets are open and we are consuming products from all over the world, this idea of refilling and replacing has also widened and you can find brands that offer refillable products in almost every industry and area. And increasingly, the refills are the less expensive path to take than buying the whole thing over and over again, and creating more waste in the process.
Here are 10 products that you can switch into refillable or reusable versions in your home right now, some familiar, some perhaps unexpected.