Here at Refill Evolution we want to start a revolution on human waste consumption. Most importantly, to reduce single use plastic waste. We believe there are things that the average person can do every day to reduce their plastic waste. It doesn't have to be an all or nothing attitude. Any amount will help.
We all know the basics of ditching plastic straws and baggies and water bottles, and bringing in reusable bags to the grocery store. If everyone just did that, things would be so much better. If you have that down, here are a few other things that you can do to keep up the good work!
1. VISIT A REFILL STATION LIKE REFILL EVOLUTION, OF COURSE!
Buying shampoo, conditioner, cleaning products, etc. every month in a plastic bottle that you just throw away is a big problem. We are hoping to help this problem by offering really awesome products at a reasonable price to the public. You can bring in your old (clean) bottles to refill at any of our refill stations. This can be your old shampoo bottles, your milk bottles, even your cottage cheese cartons. If you have a container and it's clean, you can refill it.
2. BUY GLASS BOTTLES INSTEAD OF PLASTIC ONES.
When at the grocery store if there is a glass option, please get that. When you are finished with these bottles you can easily recycle them by bringing them back to the store for a discount on your groceries, or take to a local drop off. You can also reuse these bottles for a number of things such as; making marinades or salad dressings, making batches of ice tea or cold brew coffee, making overnight oats. You can also repurpose them by creating cookies in a jar and handing them out as holiday gifts. You can of course also bring them in to our Refill Station!
3. DITCH SARAN WRAP.
Store your leftovers in containers in the fridge instead of wrapping them in single use plastic wrap. You can also purchase alternative wraps like reusable wax paper or silicone options.
4. BRING CONTAINERS WITH YOU WHEN YOU GO OUT TO EAT.
Try and remember to keep a set of containers in your car or bag so that if you go out to eat, you can put your leftovers inside your reusable containers. It is a difficult task to try and live a lifestyle where one cooks and makes everything at home. We understand that this is not an option for most people out there. This extra step will require some time and practice. You will need to make sure you replace your containers frequently so they are always there and ready for you!
5. BUY IN BULK.
Not only does this eliminate waste but it usually saves you money too! There are many grocery stores that have great bulk options. You can also look into co-ops or bulk groups in your area. When shopping at these places, please make sure you bring your own bulk bags or containers too! And, its always a good idea to write down any instructions necessary and put along with it for items like rice or lentils, if you are unsure how to cook them.
What are some ways that you limit your plastic use? We'd love to hear from you!