Imagine living in a world where there’s practically no waste – instead of buying a new tube of toothpaste every other month, we go to a shop and get a refill! Believe it or not, masterminds in environmental protection are working on implementing a similar concept, and if this idea seems new to you, here’s how everything works.
What It Entails
Two divisions handle the refilling work:
- Brand owners that produce refillable products
- Company branches that perform the collection of empty containers and refill them.
How effective the sixth “R” lies in the transaction’s cost, convenience, and local government’s ability to gently convince consumers to adhere to the practice. Take the treatment of carrier bags in grocery stores. For example, because the legislature could put it in effect, all consumers are charged a specific fee for purchasing a plastic bag; their use has decreased drastically. It will be a step closer in the right direction to abolishing single-use plastic like in Kenya, Taiwan, and New Zealand.
One of the requirements for people to become loyal customers is the company they deal with prioritizing conservation. However, specific individuals may need to be convinced to go the “green” route and invest in companies that promote conservation. It is especially true if there’s a price tag attached to this green path.
Most companies mass produce products at the lowest price to make immense profits at the environment’s expense. The refill method doesn’t tarnish “business strategies” as bad but instead presents a more thoughtful way. While “greener” products will undoubtedly cost more, they’re ultimately worth it since damaged earth has no price tag.
At the forefront of this game-changing idea stands various, enviro-conscious companies that have toed the cost versus convenience line. An example is a London-based company that sends out e-bikes to deliver different refillable products, from glass jars to detergents, to subscribed consumers and once-off purchasers. It’s a great way to learn about green alternatives to the day-to-day products you use. These are said to save nearly forty kilograms of single-use plastic waste annually.
Other alternatives use biodegradable, refillable containers that can be handled online as a means of declaring war against single-use plastic.
While this isn’t a brand new idea, very few people seem to have heard about this, and more companies are urged to jump on the bandwagon to save the planet. If anything, people should look at reversing the damage single-use plastic has had on the environment. Additionally, it can also be switching our actions back to the eighties where milk deliveries were made in glass bottles that’d be collected every time the milkman came around, and you purchased another bottle. It may indeed be time to go back to our old ways.