You may have heard the disheartening statistics that estimate only about 5-6% of the plastic in the U.S. actually gets recycled. While I will never stop recycling what I can, reducing how much single use plastic you buy can make a far greater positive impact on the environment. One great way to do this is to refill household items as much as possible.
Most of the soaps and cleaners we buy have water as the main ingredient, which you already have in your home. Companies like Blueland and NatureBee offer great alternatives with their soap and cleaning tablets which can be dropped right into a bottle of water, thus eliminating the need to buy another plastic bottle of hand soap or cleaning spray.
Refill shops are also the unsung heroes of protecting the environment. They are leading the change on how we shop for home and personal products. They offer everything from laundry detergent and cleaners, to beauty products, and even dry goods, as well as many other eco-friendly products. You can bring your own containers or bottles and refill various products to your heart’s content or purchase glass bottles in their shops. Many of these shops also ship nationally so if you can’t get to the store, you can shop online.
In TN, you can visit Sage Refill Market or the Good Fill in Nashville. Pups, Plants & Goods in Clarksville, TN also has a small refill section in their beautiful shop. In NJ, my favorite refill shops are Sustainable Haus Mercantile in Summit, Dry Goods Refillery in Montclair, and Good Bottle Refill Shop in Maplewood.