University of Vermont

Sporks

Refill Station for all the basics!

I think it would be a fantastic idea to set up a refill station, perhaps in the Davis Center.  At such a station, students (and teachers / whoever!) would bring their own containers to refill on things like laundry detergent, soap, sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner, cleaners and other houshold items. It could even be extended to some basic groceries, similar to City Market's bulk section (water, juice, peanut butter, dry goods, etc).  This would be a great way to support the local community, if the products were locally made/aquired, and would reduce waste and the recycling of so many containers! Obviously there would be little/no variations to choose from, but as long as the products are healthy and safe, and the price to participate is reasonable, I think this would be a fantastic support to the environment and the community.

The following website is for Earth's General Store in Edmonton, AB, Canada, an inspiration for such a project: http://www.earthsgeneralstore.com/products

Another example: http://www.therefillshoppe.com/home

General company that could be contracted with: http://restoreproducts.com, http://www.sunandearth.com/Sun-Earth-Laundry-Refill-Station/dp/B006H5B82G

Or perhaps a partnership with Seventh Generation: http://www.seventhgeneration.com/refill-stations-cleaning-supplies (they don't have such a station/service yet, but we could help support the start of the service!)

 

Comments

love the fact that this would support local businesses