The Refillery Has Arrived!
Taking care of our beautiful planet has never been easier thanks to The Refillery and their amazing store concept. They, too, are truly concerned about keeping our home plastic pollution-free, which is why they want to try to help in their own small way.
This new planet-friendly grocer offers shoppers a stylish, convenient, plastic-free, weigh-and-pay shopping experience that's nothing like your usual grocery stores. Here, you can stock and re-stock your pantry with the highest quality, ethically-sourced products WITHOUT the wasteful (and harmful) packaging. We like to think of it as going green with our shopping.
The Problem & The Solution
There is a growing worldwide awareness and concern regarding the impact of uncontrolled use of non-biodegradable, single-use plastic packaging. Recently, the Source To Sea initiative was launched to try combat plastic pollution around our country’s coastline. In case you didn't know, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is estimated to cover an area larger than South Africa and Zimbabwe combined. 94% of South Africa's beach litter is made from plastic, 77% of which is packaging. That's a scary thought!
In attempt to combat any further litter to our beaches and country, The Refillery offers a more planet-friendly alternative to your usual grocery store - supplying single-use, plastic-free, responsibly sourced, refillable, everyday products for package-less pantries and households. Wow, that's a mouthful! This retail business model is a fast-growing global trend, and has finally made its way to South Africa.
What To Expect
The Refillery gives shoppers a casual, friendly experience in a simple, modern, old-school-yet-stylish environment that exudes a re-purposed vibe with its natural wood, textured surfaces and polished concrete floors. They make grocery shopping easier for the environmentally-concerned as well as convenience-seeking customers to fill their pantries and play a part in helping to reduce the global plastic pollution crisis. And as for getting your goodies, there is a Home Delivery and Refilling service, plus a Call-and-Collect facility. How convenient!
Right now, the store is solely online, but within the next few months, you can expect an actual, physical, stand-alone store. The very-first store will be opening its doors between March/April 2019. To stay informed with the latest development on this, make sure you sign up to their newsletter so you'll know exactly where and when their grand opening will be.
What Products Do They Have In Store?
Wondering what goodies you can get your hands on here? Well, don't you worry, we went and scanned through their site and we must say, we're rather impressed with their grocery categories. They aim to source locally where possible and are proud that their store is over 95% local regarding their products. Here, you can get you hands on the following:
- Baking - white and brown sugar, baking powder, Bicarbonate of Soda, etc.
- Beans & Pulses - Black Eye, Kidney, Soya, Chickpea, Mung, etc.
- Cereals - Granola, oats, muesli.
- Dried Fruit - Coconut chips, banana chips, dates, cranberries, mango strips, dried figs, etc.
- Flour - Almond, coconut, maize, chickpea, rice, linseed, rye, sorghum, etc.
- Grains - White Bulgar Wheat, Couscous, Polenta, Pearl Barley, etc.
- Herbs & Spices - Cajun Spice, mixed herbs, paprika, the works!
- Rice - Basmati, Breyani, Risotto, Black, Brown, Low GI.
- Seeds & Nuts - Pumpkin seeds, linseed, Chia seeds, pecan halves, peanuts, etc.
- Snacks & Sweets
- Super Foods - Goji Berries, Organic Hemp Powder, Chia Seeds, Maca Powder, etc.
- Zero Waste Lifestyle
- Personal Hygiene
Are Their Products Organic?
The big question here! Around 75% of their products are organic and they're currently searching for organic replacements and alternatives for the products that aren't organic.
Don't Forget To BYOJ!
In case you didn't get it, BYOJ means Bring Your Own Jar. Once the store opens later this year, don't forget to grab your storage jars/containers/bags to take along with you. But if you're new to this way of living, The Refillery will have recycled brown paper bags for you to use or you can buy a few jars in store.
For More Information
For more information about this brand-new, planet-friendly grocer, visit their online store at therefillery.co.za.
You can also contact them on [email protected] or 079 860 2069 / 072 177 9311.