The next business in the spotlight is Replenish Store, 5/525 David Street, Albury. Zero Waste living in Albury Wodonga is now easy, cheap, convenient and beautiful! Contact free home delivery is still happening daily as we continue to support the border community to be conscious consumers and live towards a plastic-free goal.

What was the inspiration for starting the Replenish Store? 

Providing our community with the option to purchase household needs without purchasing wasteful disposable packaging.  The real cost of disposable packaging is in the hidden resources that are used to create plastic containers and the pollution that the manufacturing process makes – each PET bottle (1L approx) takes over 1.5KwH of energy, 11.7 litres of water and creates 633.2g of CO2 pollution!  

What is the stores ‘Refill Revolution’ about?  

A simple, effective solution to disposable packaging – you bring in your container and refill it with what you need.  Avoiding plastic packaging has been made simple and beautiful.   

Do you have any tips for people wanting to reduce their waste at home but don’t know where to start? 

Start with one thing and stop to enjoy the beauty & simplicity of your better choice.  If your pet peeve is a messy bathroom then start there with changing out one item, like soap or cotton tips or face wipes or even a forever razor.  Or if your conscience is telling you to quit using so much plastic cling wrap in the kitchen, then start there – when you run out of what you have, make a firm decision to find some nice beeswax wraps or biodegradable cling wrap. Or if you are sick and tired of laundry pegs snapping when trying to hang the washing – write metal pegs on the shopping list! Do one thing! Then stop and appreciate your actions have made a big difference.  Be proud of the single changes you make! 

Getting to know alternative specialised recycling programs is another great starting point. We are a nominated drop off location for the collection of writing instruments like pens, textas and also razors, cartridges and their associated packaging through Terracycle. Terracycle separates these items into individual components and recycles them. You can also drop off bread tags that we send off to those who need them for 3d printing or recycling. 

What are some of your most popular products?

Our Bulk range of liquids and powders from EcoStore Dishwashing detergents, Dirt Laundry Liquids, Hand Sanitizing Gel, Bicarb Soda, Epsom Salts to activated charcoal and Gold Mica are very popular.

Our “Perfect Forever Products” (or PFPs for short) are amazing too.  Metal Pegs that are marine grade steel so won’t ever rust or get too hot in the Aussie Summer are very popular. Also, the old school metal razors with replaceable blades are getting a lot of traction.   

Our #plasticfree alternatives are pretty popular too – bamboo cotton tips, naked soaps, bamboo toothbrushes, even deodorant in returnable tins are also great regular ways of avoiding waste and contributing to manufacturing that is renewable based, not plastic petrochemical based.   

Do you have any tips for people wanting to reduce their waste at home but don’t know where to start? 

Start with one thing and stop to enjoy the beauty & simplicity of your better choice. 

 If your pet peeve is a messy bathroom then start there with changing out one item, like soap or cotton tips or face wipes or even a forever razor.  Or if your conscience is telling you to quit using so much plastic cling wrap in the kitchen, then start there – when you run out of what you have, make a firm decision to find some nice beeswax wraps or biodegradable cling wrap. Or if you are sick and tired of laundry pegs snapping when trying to hang the washing – write metal pegs on the shopping list! Do one thing! Then stop and appreciate your actions have made a big difference.  Be proud of the single changes you make! 

Getting to know alternative specialised recycling programs is another great starting point. We are a nominated drop off location for the collection of writing instruments like pens, textas and also razors, cartridges and their associated packaging through Terracycle. Terracycle separates these items into individual components and recycles them. You can also drop off bread tags that we send off to those who need them for 3d printing or recycling. 

Your store is very community orientated; can you tell us about some of your community partners? 

We are fortunate to have partnered with a truly amazing collection of people doing amazing things. Boomerang Bags provides fabric tote bags to us and local stores, made by lovely volunteers out of donated and leftover fabric, for customers to use rather than purchasing disposable bags. We collect recycled resources for local celebrated artist, Kurt (The Cats Pyjamas), to upcycle old wares into new treasures which he provides to various op shops to sell.   

We also support Birallee Park Neighbourhood House and stock many products that are made by their various participants and volunteers. From upcycled dog leads to fabric beeswax wraps and even upcycled Christmas trees.  We have also partnered with Aware Programs and Wodonga Community College for our unique bottle washing service.  The partnership provides us with an essential service and provides meaningful employment for adults in the NDIS system. 

Lastly,we have a Grow Free Share Cart out the front of our store, so our community has a spot to share their backyard produce, seeds, seedlings, flowers, bulbs and even books.  This little cart is very popular and has seen produce come and go while friendships are sparked, and opportunities are taken. 

 

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