Zero Waste Week is nearly here (6th-10th September) and to celebrate, the pebble team have put together a roundup of the 5 best eco refills for home and personal care.
From natural deodorant to cleaning products and even gin, more innovative brands than ever are creating refillable products to help reduce CO2 and fight plastic waste.
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How refillable products tackle waste
In worst cases, they’re thrown away and end up in landfill or polluting the environment.
There’s also the carbon footprint of these products to consider, from the manufacturing process to the transportation of these heavy bottles.
With refills, you only need to buy the original bottle or container once and then refill it with something more eco-friendly.
Eco refills use less plastic, take up less lorry space and some even use less water for the same amount of product as they come in a concentrated form.
In most cases, refills have less packaging and they can either be composted, recycled or upcycled.
So, if you want to make some changes for Zero Waste Week and beyond, here are our top 5 best refillable products.
5 Of The Best Eco Refill Brands To Help You Go Zero Waste
1. Best cleaning product refills: Clean Living
Each cleaning product comes in refill sachets which you can order in bulk or have them sent to you as part of a flexible Refill-Reuse-Recycle subscription.
Clean Living’s award-winning biological formulations harness the power of nature to completely break down and remove dirt and grime. They’re natural, biodegradable, PH neutral, vegan friendly and non-damaging to aquatic life.
The pebble team particularly likes that all refillable cleaning products are delivered to you in empty aluminium bottles complete with a sachet of concentrate to reduce carbon emissions.
All you need to do is decant the sachet into the bottle and fill it with tap water. You can send the sachets back to be recycled too.
Pros: Vegan-friendly | Safe around pets and children | Effective | Flexible subscription | Letterbox friendly
Cons: Not all local councils can recycle the foil sachets
Cleaning kits start from £8.99 and refills from £5.97. Browse the Clean Living shop here.
2. Best gin refill: Bullards Spirits
This Norwich-based distillery offers a range of elegantly hand-crafted Bottles For Life with designs inspired by the original Bullard’s Brewery chimney that towered over Norwich for 100 years.
Each jewel-coloured bottle reflects your gin of choice.
The range includes Coastal Gin which features botanicals hand-foraged from the Norfolk coast; Old Tom Gin with mango and Norfolk honey; the award-winning London Dry Gin with notes of vanilla and marzipan; and Strawberry and Black Pepper Gin.
pebble loves that Bullards Spirits has partnered with Terracycle and Royal Mail so you can easily return your empty Eco-Refill Pouches by Freepost back to the distillery, just pop them in the postbox.
You can arrange a flexible gin subscription too.
Pros: Reduces carbon footprint | Cheaper than buying a bottle each time | Never run out | Letterbox friendly
Gin bottles start from £40.00 and Eco-Refill Pouches start from £35.00. View Bullards gins here.
3. Best candle refill: Scentered
Love candles but hate it when they burn down and you have to throw them out?
Natural and vegan friendly aromatherapy brand, Scentered now offers refills of its soothing Wellbeing Ritual Candles to save you from buying new.
The Refill Duo contains two 220g Aromatherapy Refill Candles that have approximately 35 hours of burn time each.
Choose between two popular candle blends – DE-STRESS with notes of Chamomile, Neroli and Mandarin or SLEEP WELL with Palmarosa, Lavender and Ylang Ylang.
The candles are made with 100% natural wax and essential oils, offering therapeutic benefits for those wanting to enhance their positive mental wellbeing.
pebble loves that the refills are packaged in simple eco boxes made with recycled paper and vegetable inks. All packaging is absolutely minimal.
Start with the Candle & Refill Gift Set which comes with a glass candle holder.
Pros: Therapeutic | Smells divine | Vegan | Minimal packaging
Cons: Needs a candle holder | Expensive | Not letterbox friendly
The Scented Refill Duo is £30 and the Gift Set is £45. Click to view the candles here.
4. Best home essentials refills: Splosh
What if you could get a one-stop refill solution for all your home essentials?
Here to lead the refill revolution is Splosh and its range of home and personal care products.
Whether it’s shower gel, laundry detergent or eco hand wash, every product Splosh sells comes with concentrated refill pouches to cut down plastic waste by 95%.
And the best bit?
You can return your refill pouches to Splosh and they’ll get upcycled into new products. Absolutely zero plastic waste.
To get started with Splosh, choose one of the brand’s starter kits or make your own. You’ll receive ready to use bottles or you can buy refills for your own bottles.
Once you start to run low you can order refills online or in the app. All refill pouches come in letterbox friendly boxes.
Another thing that pebble loves about Splosh is that it has a Bottle-ometer that shows you how many bottles you’ve prevented from going to waste. Your score goes up every time you buy a new refill.
Pros: Vegan friendly and cruelty free | Exclusive app | Letterbox friendly | Subscription available | Cuts plastic waste by 95%
Cons: A little pricey in comparison to other brands
Splosh starter boxes start from £8.35. Get started here.
5. Best deodorant refill: Wild
On a mission to transform the culture of throwaway bathroom essentials, Wild’s reusable deodorant applicator is made from durable aluminium and recycled plastic to withstand the test of time. There is also a choice of colours available.
Wild works on a flexible subscription basis. Once you have your reusable case, you can order a set of three deodorant refills to be delivered whenever it suits you.
All Wild refills are plastic free, vegan friendly, dermatologically tested and free from artificial fragrances, parabens, sulphates and aluminium. They’re also completely compostable.
With plenty of deodorants to choose from, you can pick a signature scent or mix and match with each new refill delivery.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly deodorant refill with uncompromising quality, look no further than Wild.
Pros: Maximum sweat security | Flexible subscription | Compostable | Letterbox friendly
Cons: Body can take a few days to adjust | A little pricier than other deodorants
Wild refill subscriptions start from £12.00. Choose your plan here.
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