Suffolk's eco shops urge families to refill 'just one bottle'
- Credit: Mel Menhams
Suffolk's eco-friendly businesses are urging families across the county to refill 'just one bottle' for the whole of 2022 - a simple way of working towards a greener lifestyle.
Mobile refill shop Cupboard Love and eco-shops Lucy's Unwrapped & Refill in Ipswich and Refill in Leiston, are all supporting the national campaign, which launched on January, 1.
Mel Menhams runs Cupboard Love, a mobile refill shop that regularly visits Framlingham market, Woodbridge market, Kiln Farm Nursery and Waldringfield Village Hall.
Launching the 'just one bottle' campaign in Suffolk, Mrs Menhams said: "We hope to encourage people who want to do their bit to help reduce plastic waste to just start small.
"Just refill one bottle. If each household did this imagine the impact it would make."
She added: "Whether it is refilling an empty bottle of washing up liquid or a shampoo bottle we are encouraging people just to give it a go."
As Mrs Menhams takes her refill van around markets this January she will be talking to customers about the campaign and answering any questions they might have.
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She said: "Many members of the public feel powerless against the effects of climate change and that they are not able to contribute in the fight against it.
"This campaign is all about empowering individuals and showing people that together, with one small change we can all contribute to the fight against climate change."
Amanda Lewis owns the Refill shop in Leiston and sells liquid products that are vegan, plant based and cruelty free.
Customers are even able to refill their bottles of hand sanitizer, with Miss Lewis saying: "Just imagine being able to save on all those tiny plastic bottles.
"I have many regular customers who are already happy converts to refilling, so I will be encouraging them to spread the word to family and friends too."
Miss Lewis said she "loves helping people get started" working towards a more eco-friendly lifestyle, adding: " We don't need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly, we need all of us doing it imperfectly!"
Lucy Storey, who opened her shop, Lucy's Unwrapped & Refill in Woodbridge Road in Ipswich last year, has decorated her shop window in support of the campaign.