5 Reusable Bags That Benefit Charities

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The Refill Shoppe enforces zero-waste packaging, provides bulk refill solutions for myriad household and beauty products

March 5, 2019 by  
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With the nearly constant conversation about zero waste and minimization in general, single use packaging is a hot topic. For many consumables, customers don’t seem to have many options in avoiding packaging waste. Think about the liquid products in your home and you’ll know what we’re talking about here. Shampoo bottles, hand soap containers, dish soap, cleaners, bubble bath and massage oils are just a few commonly-used items that come to mind. One company has taken a stand against single-use packaging and now provides a refill service so you can use your favorite containers again and again…and again, without the waste of individual bottles. The Refill Shoppe opened their flagship store in Ventura, California in 2010 with the idea that customers should have a place to refill regularly-used products. Think of it as a bulk section for household liquids. The founder, Michelle Stevens admits that she wasn’t sure people would buy into the business model. After all, it was a relatively new idea in this era of convenient consumables. But it didn’t take long for people to find out about the business and begin frequenting the location. Related: Oregon initiates first modern statewide refillable glass bottle system in the US The idea took off and now the company offers an online, mail-order options so you can order refills from the comfort of your home, even if you don’t live near the store. The process is as simple as any other form of online shopping. After scouring the website, customers choose the products they want and select their favorite scents. Up to six scents can be combined for variety. If you don’t already have an adorable bottle that you’re looking to refill , you can choose one from the site. Otherwise, you order will be refill pouches filled with your favorite product. Whether you bring your own container into the store or request a mail order, all ingredients are charged by the ounce. In-store, you can even bring a partially-full bottle . You simply weigh it with the contents before adding more and then weigh it again to calculate the amount of product you’re buying. For mail order, all per-ounce prices are listed on the site. Shipping fees are a flat rate $7 or free for orders over $100 throughout the continental U.S. They also ship to Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and Mexico for an additional charge. The website offers hundreds of products you likely use daily. Bathing and beauty products include face wash, shampoo, scrubs, salts and lotions, but they also offer sponges, brushes and mitts to apply the products. For the home you can find dishwashing liquids, laundry products and even yoga mat sanitizer, alongside reusable containers and other zero-waste products. They also stock cleaning products and eco-friendly supplies like wool dryer balls and burlap gift wrap. They even have men’s care, perfume and baby products. The Refill Shoppe realizes that no business model is perfect for the environment but they focus on doing everything they can to operate with a low-carbon footprint . All refill pouches are reusable , so after you’ve emptied the contents into your favorite container at home, simply drop it back into the pre-paid envelope and send it back, where it is sterilized and refilled for the next customer. All packing materials are reused and they try to use paper products exclusively. For packaging glass bottles, however,  they do employ pre-used bubble wrap. Because transportation emissions are a major eco-no-no in general, the company relies on USPS in an effort to deliver using regular, already-traveled routes. This avoids sending trucks out on special routes that increase emissions . Another way the company reduces transportation issues is with domestic production. With the exception of Himalayan bath salts, all items are produced in the United States. Related: Some of the largest manufacturers are going green with the milkman model   In addition to reducing waste, the company aims to provide products that are eco-friendly , cruelty-free, mostly vegan (with the exception of honey and beeswax in a few products), mostly gluten free, although items are manufactured in a facility that handles gluten, 99.7 percent GMO free, and proudly void of a host of toxins commonly used in other cleaners and beauty products. For their efforts, The Refill Shoppe has passed the qualifications to become a Certified B Corporation. This stamp of approval means they’ve passed rigorous standards of environmental and social responsibility up and down the supply and customer chain. In fact, the company has been recognized with awards and accolades by many notable agencies such as the Ventura County Reporter, Ventura County Board of Supervisors, California Air Resources Board, State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson and the California Resource Recovery Association. In a country a long way from leading the planet in sustainable practices, companies like The Refill Shoppe not only offer an alternative for those aiming to live more sustainably, but also bring awareness to an industry currently guilty of significant plastic waste . + The Refill Shoppe Images via The Refill Shoppe

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DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers

April 27, 2015 by  
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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfills every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to knit or crochet reusable “Swiffer” covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad

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Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document?

April 27, 2015 by  
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Can Pope Francis do what environmental movements like Earth Day and Greenpeace have failed to do—save the planet from human beings? Some pundits believe so. In early summer, Pope Francis is expected to release an historic document detailing the moral imperative to care for the Earth. Called an encyclical, the papal document is designed to convince the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics and others that climate change is a real and present danger that humanity can help to prevent. What remains unclear, the Washington Post rightly points out, is how the pope plans to make the case without disturbing the long-held Catholic view of God’s omnipotence. Read the rest of Can Pope Francis halt climate change with new papal document? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: catholic church , catholics , Climate Change , climate change agreement , COP 21 , encyclical , environmental ethics , global warming , historic document , integral ecology , morals , Paris , Pope Francis , religion and environment , theology

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DIY: How to Knit or Crochet “Swiffer” Covers

August 27, 2013 by  
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Image ©  handknitted4you Most disposable stuff just sucks. Seriously, it really does. Society’s love of single-use items like disposable coffee pods , diapers, and cutlery has created so much unnecessary waste that our planet can barely keep up with the crap we’re loading into landfils every day. Those Swiffer-type cleaning tools are also on the “worst offenders” list, with their cleaning cloths that that get tossed away after a few minutes’ worth of use. Fortunately, the same folks who bring their own travel mugs to Starbucks can also keep their homes tidy by making their own re-usable covers for their sweepers. Read the rest of DIY: How to Knit or Crochet “Swiffer” Covers Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cleaning products , cotton yarn , crochet , crochet pattern , crocheted , ethical cleaning , knit , knitting , knitting pattern , reusable , sweeper , sweeper cloth , sweeper cover , sweeper pad , Swiffer , swiffer cover , swiffer pad        

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JOCO Reusable Glass Cups are Designed for On the Go Coffee Addicts

January 18, 2013 by  
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Australia’s coffee culture is offering a sustainable solution that people anywhere in the world can employ. The Aussie founders of JOCO Cups created a travel cup that is designed for the perfect brew — and it’s also made of 100% recyclable and BPA-free glass! JOCO Cups are 12 oz in size, barista-certified and formed with a special cyclonic base that pulls all the sugar and any other add-ins to the center of the cup so they dissolve better and improve the taste of your morning roast. + JOCO Cups The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Australia’s coffee culture , eco cup , eco mug , glass coffee cup , glass coffee travel cup , JOCO Cups , reusable coffee cup , reusable coffee mug , reusable cup , travel cup

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Starbucks Aims to Reduce Waste With $1 Reusable Plastic Cups

January 4, 2013 by  
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In an attempt to reduce their customers’ waste, Starbucks is introducing a reusable plastic cup for frequent customers. At $1 a pop, the logo-emblazoned plastic cups are shaped like their traditional paper cups, and fit regular plastic lids. The staff will even rinse out the cups with boiling water each time you bring it back, in case your office doesn’t have a kitchen sink. Read the rest of Starbucks Aims to Reduce Waste With $1 Reusable Plastic Cups Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , green design , starbucks , Starbucks eco-friendly , Starbucks reusable plastic cup , sustainable design

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6 Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Alternatives

December 12, 2012 by  
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ChicoBags David & Golliath Lesson

September 27, 2011 by  
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Congratulations to ChicoBag . Kinda. A lawsuit filed against the reusable bag company by three of the largest manufacturers of disposable single-use plastic bags has ended. Hilex Poly, who stood alone after Superbag and Advance Poly dropped out of the suit, settled the case with ChicoBag, agreeing to change its position on windblown litter and recycling rates. Yet, ChicoBag had to pay an “undisclosed sum” to Hilex Poly. According to the plaintiffs, ChicoBag created an imitation EPA website to share statistics on plastic bag pollution. The lesson: Large manufacturers will continue to drag ecopreneuers to court, so be 100% honest and transparent in your marketing claims. The truth is on your side after all.

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