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2021 marks ten years since 'Plastic Free July' started out with the founder Rebecca Prince-Ruiz avoiding plastic for a month. It is now a global initiative encouraging millions of people to move away from reliance on single-use plastic. Last July saw millions of people taking part; reducing plastic at home, making things from scratch, gardening, using what they have, and only shopping when needed. While some take on a full challenge to avoid single use plastic throughout the month, for many it is a reminder to keep looking at how to reduce their plastic footprint and develop some new habits. To encourage local involvement, The Refill Larder is offering 10% off both in-store and online throughout July.
PLASTIC FREE JULY SWAP IDEAS
Snacks & lunch boxes: dried fruit - most popular with kids: mango, apples and bananas (plus we now have packaging-free ready salted crisps and vegan gummy sweets) Also new in Tabitha Eve reusable sandwich and snack pouches
Bathroom: Earth Conscious deodorant and Sol de Ibiza factor 50 sun screen both in cardboard home compostable packaging, shampoo and conditioner bars - great for summer camping trips, toothpaste tablets with fluoride and (new in) bamboo electric toothbrush heads
Cleaning and kitchen: compostable sponges, refill rinse aid and all the ingredients to try making your own cleaning products with bi-carb, white vinegar and citric acid Kitchen cupboard: complement fresh local summer produce with our wide range of organic herbs, spices, seeds, nuts and grains.
Delicious Greek extra virgin olive oil and organic balsamic vinegar refill for home grown salads
To take advantage of the discount please mention the 'Plastic Free July' offer in store and online the discount code is 'PFJULY'.
We deliver within three miles of the shop with a £15 minimum and £1 delivery charge, for click & collect there is no minimum order and we will email you when ready to collect.
Plastic Free July ideas: plasticfreejuly.org
Introducing our favourite suppliers... the Beeswax Wrap Co!
Founders Carly and Fran have a clear mission ‘to try and make a small but positive difference in a kind and thoughtful way.’ Understandably proud of their beautifully hand crafted, long lasting multi-use product, they have gone one step further in their commitment and put together an easy tutorial on how to clean and refresh your wraps extending the life of this versatile product. https://www.beeswaxwraps.co.uk/tutorials
These 100% natural beeswax wraps are hand-made in Stroud using organic GOTS certified cotton, pine resin, organic Jojoba Oil and UK Beeswax. By pre-cutting the fabric before waxing it ensures the edges are sealed which prevents early fraying as well as longer infusion of wax onto fabric so that wax mixture is completely absorbed.
A great reusable and aesthetic alternative to cling film. Surprise yourself just how useful these wraps are as they do the vital job of keeping your fridge food fresh, sneaky snacks crunchy or the perfect picnics ready for when you need them for longer. And once you’ve used your wrap to the max (up to a year at least - if you take a little time to care for them as advised below) you can pop it in your compost or twist up and use as a firelighter reducing your plastic impact on the planet.
Introducing our favourite suppliers... Tabitha Eve!
Founder, Debbie Rees, set up Tabitha Eve in response to her own personal war against wastefulness and plastic pollution. Making and creating products to replace her disposable kitchenware evolved into a studio based business creating plastic-free alternative products. Debbie believes in being kinder to the planet on which we live, and her products, ethos and commitment very much reflect this.
Why we chose Tabitha Eve reusable make up pads …
Making the switch to these eco-friendly cleansing pads is both gentle on your skin and the planet. These made to order and cut by hand clever little pads, made of organic cotton and bamboo, are ideal for removing make up or applying toner. Though there are some wipes now made of compostable materials (which is undeniably a step in the right direction for big brand manufacturers) reusing these soft circles means there is no accidental giving in to temptation to flush wipes down the loo. Pamper yourself and reduce your landfill footprint – what’s not to love?
Tabitha Eve’s conscious approach and endeavor threads through each part of the business; from sourcing fabrics to recycling and reusing as much of their studio waste as possible with a lot of our scraps going to local schools, playgroups, and a company that makes worry monsters. We love their thought provoking encouragement to reduce your landfill waste and replace single use items with reusable products. – “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito" (#bethemosquito).
The amount of plastic packaging in a regular supermarket shop in-store or online is huge. We repeatedly hear how daunting it is to reduce single-use plastic in the weekly shop by people concerned about waste but not sure where to start. Our ‘4 the Planet’ campaign hopes to encourage people to make four new swaps in the home to reduce plastic waste in the New Year. We believe if we all start with a few small changes, collectively we can make a big difference. We offer lots of simple swaps in-store such as refilling washing-up and shampoo bottles, switching to bamboo toothbrushes or using beeswax wraps instead of cling film. Our food jars are filled with lots of frequently used ingredients such as pasta, rice, nuts, seeds, pulses and dried fruit – lots of healthy choices to start the New Year. Choose four items that you use regularly and make the swap to refill for 2019! We are offering 5% off in-store purchases that include four or more refill items in January.
You can now recycle toothbrushes, toothpaste tubes and packaging in store with us. The store has signed up to a nationwide scheme through TerraCycle, a recycling company that is able to recycle hard plastics that the local council isn’t able to recycle. Currently a typical plastic toothbrush, that gets thrown in a recycling bin, will end up in landfill or will be incinerated. The level of waste produced through today’s throwaway culture is staggering and small schemes like this help to draw attention to the question of where it all goes and ultimately aims to encourage more mindful consumption locally. The Refill Larder earns points for the scheme and all resulting money will be donated to the river clear up charity Thames21.
We also sell biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes for adults and children.