the village refill
RETURN • REFILL • REPEAT
We assumed that we were doing everything we could do to minimise the impact of our household waste by diligently separating and sorting our rubbish for the recyling bin. We never considered what happened to it once it left our house.
One day we watched the BBC TV Series ‘War on Plastic’ and realised that, despite our best efforts, only 9% of our plastic was actually getting recycled... a lot was ending up in our oceans. [source: National Geographic]
We realised that recycling wasn't necessarily the best option and started to buy our groceries, where possible, in plastic-free packaging. However, the choices were limited and often more expensive.
We started to reuse our existing plastic containers by refilling at refill shops, but these were few and far between, and often the location was not ideal.... It takes commitment and perseverance to shop ethically and sustainably - you have to plan your shop - from cleaning your containers to simply remembering to bring them with you!
So we started thinking....If we could take the hassle out of refilling, could we help others live an affordable greener lifestyle?
We are two friends, two mums with a regular family, like many others, trying to reduce our use of single-use plastic.
We decided that as an everyday consumer we had to take responsibility for our own waste.
We’re on a mission to make it easy for anyone that wants to avoid single-use plastic. We know that with every plastic bottle we remove from our shopping lists, we leave a cleaner planet behind for our children and future generations.
We provide a refill service: you order online and, much like a milkround, we deliver your order to your doorstep in returnable glass bottles.
We don't make the products we sell, we buy direct from branded manufacturers in bulk, from manufacturers that also operate a closed loop for their wholesale containers.
We buy as local as possible from UK suppliers.
All our products are natural, cruelty-free and environmentally friendly - the majority are vegan.
We supply all goods either naked, in recycled and recyclable paper/card, or in glass bottles with aluminium lids.
The suppliers we use deliver their products to us in 5/15/20L tubs which they take back and reuse.
Not only does our refill service operate on a circular economy, our suppliers do to!
Our aim is to take the hassle out of greener choices.
It's easy to order online. We clean the bottles, we fill them and we deliver to your doorstep.
We then collect the empties on our next visit.
If you're not within our delivery area, we can arrange a contact-free collection from our refill hub in either Yarnton or Long Hanborough.
It is just as important to us to be kinder to ourselves as well as to the planet - to avoid harsh chemicals that strip our skin of its natural protection and harm the environment, either as a by product in its manufacture or the product itself.
We source natural, biological, cruelty-free and ethically produced products.
CLEAN HOUSE • CLEAN PLANET • CLEAN CONCIENCE