Originally Published on WeWantrefill.com
What if you could refill your laundry detergent, shampoo and soap in reusable containers at affordable prices? Would you do it? Of course.
Refill technology is changing the way consumers shop, all while improving the environment.
Get the lowdown on refill technology, see how it works and how you can get involved.
How does it work?
Just like bringing your reusable bags to retail stores, now consumers can bring along refillable bottles too.
Consumers simply place their refillable bottle in the refill station, which can sit in any retail store, and tell the machine what to refill.
Let’s say you want to refill your laundry detergent. Pop the bottle in the machine, select your favorite brand of detergent, and the station will clean, refill and seal the bottle of detergent for you.
It’s as simple as getting candy from a vending machine. Just push a few buttons, and within seconds your empty bottle is refilled and ready to take home.
Why is this technology revolutionary?
Refill technology is one of few options that provide a zero waste solution to product consumption. Think about it, if you refill your bottles there’s no need to buy plastic bottles over and over again.
But recycling plastic bottles is just as good, right? Wrong. The truth is, only about 27 percent of plastic bottles used are actually recycled, the rest likely end up in landfills. When plastic bottles land in a heap at your local landfill, it takes them up to 500 years to decompose.
Recycling efforts are important, but there’s a better way: refilling.
Using refillable bottles will drastically reduce the time and energy you spend rinsing, sorting and hauling your blue bin out to the curb. It’s a win-win for manufactures, consumers and the planet
JOIN THE MOVEMENT!
It’s time to tell retailers and manufacturers that we want new technologies to replace plastic waste.
The government hasn’t taken the steps necessary to ban plastic waste so it’s up to us – the consumer – to petition retailers and manufactures for change.
The technologies exist to create refill stations at your local retail store so why you haven’t seen them? Retailers and manufacturers are hesitant to install refill stations because it’s a huge industry shift and, most importantly, they have no idea that consumers want it.
When it comes to change, consumers have to take charge. It’s time for you to get involved and tell retailers and manufactueres that #WeWantRefill.
The #WeWantRefill movement is gaining momentum, but more must be done. To show retailers how serious you are about using refill technology, please take a minute to sign this petition to send a clear message to retailers that it’s time to refill, not waste.