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Changing the society one refill bottle at a time.

Most of us have the access to hand soap, laundry detergent, shampoo and other daily used chemicals. Slowly people are beginning to purchase refill bottles. At first many might think, those refill bottles might seem eco-friendly and can be used for a long time, but what about the plastic packages which are purchased when buying the refill. Despite the talk about reducing the use of plastic, we still continue to use it and it simply doesn’t make sense. What if every day used chemicals were sold by weight instead of packaging? That way there will be less plastic waste, but sadly there aren’t many places which allow sales by weight.
However, in the United States, a service called ‘Cleancut’ has begun a service which delivers detergent refills in paper packs (similar to milk cartons).

Clean-cut was launched in 2019 with the vision for a better tomorrow. It provides the consumers with liquid dishwasher detergents, dishwasher tablets, hand soap and laundry detergents which are made using coconut oil and have not been tested on animals. The detergent bottles provided are environmentally friendly as they are made of shatterproof glass and help reduce the risk of injury. The paper refill packaging is recycled with the help of local government. In the non-recyclable areas, mail back recycling program is available which returns paper packages are transforms them into tissues and paper towels.

One of the merits of Cleancut is that it doesn’t produce extra waste, but also it collaborates with carbonfund.org* to neutralize carbon emissions from product manufacturing and shipping. This partnership will neutralize a total of 144 metric tons of carbon emissions as well as will be used to support important forest conservation and reforestation projects around the world.

Currently, Cleancut service is limited to the United States, but hopefully in a short period of time more companies and more countries around the world will begin selling refillable containers made of recyclable materials of sell products by weight. The society is gradually changing from a disposable to a circular society, and the increasing interest of consumers will speed up the process.

*carbonfund.org: a non-profit organization that promotes carbon emission reductions to solve climate change issues. 

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2020.10.21