Use less packaging – grab a refill at Beanbag

June 26th, 2011 by Kate Griffin Leave a reply »

Recycling is brilliant, right? Separating the recyclables from the rest of the household rubbish is usually the first baby step towards living a greener lifestyle. But it’s easy to forget that even recycling isn’t the perfect solution. It’s a massive improvement on throwing things into landfill, but it still uses energy and resources.

So what’s better than recycling? Reusing. Sadly, there’s a limit to how much you can reuse the empty containers of most household items, since most companies don’t offer a refill service for their products.

Picture of the Ecover refill point

The in-store refill point

Ecover is the exception. It has a scheme whereby its eco-friendly cleaning products can be refilled at various points around the country. And the good news for us is that there’s now a refill point in Witney.

Just take your empty containers of washing-up liquid, laundry detergent and fabric softener to Beanbag Natural Health on Wesley Walk. The staff will be very happy to do it for you, or you can do it yourself if you prefer. Ecover estimate that you can refill the same container up to 50 times before it becomes unusable.

Sadly, there doesn’t seem to be a discount for buying Ecover products in this way. Refilling a 1-litre container of washing-up liquid cost me £2.25. At the time of writing, that’s exactly the same price as a new bottle would cost you in Waitrose or Tesco.


1 comment

  1. Brigitte says:

    And for the Ecover products that the Beanbag doesn’t stock for refill take a trip to Wolvercote Farmers’ Market, held every week in the primary school.

    Unfortunately the refill stall is only there every other week but the market is worth a visit anyway for the lovely local products. It is a leisurely 45 minute cycle ride on the A40 cycle track and there is a cafe at the market to refresh you.

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