Refillable: Good for your pocket, Great for the planet
Mass production of plastic began over six decades ago. It accelerated so rapidly that it created 8.3 billion tonnes of plastic - and over 90% of it isn't recycled. Let this fact decompose in your mind; ‘cuz plastic doesn’t. Our country generates close to 26,000 tonnes of plastic each day and the pandemic just made matters worse.
How much plastic is even there in the world? Let's not even go there.
Our planet is drowning in plastic pollution. Only Avengers can save us. Sadly, they aren’t real. However, there is a team of young entrepreneurs filling in their shoes for real.
Meet ‘Refillable’- India’s 1st E-Refill zero waste platform for your home care liquids.
In conversation with one of the co-founders of Refillable, Lokesh Sambhwani, we bring you their vision of a plastic-free India.
For a Better, Greener & Plastic-free India
Purav Desai, Rahul Batra, Nishith Jardosh, Anupriya Nayyar and Lokesh Sambhwani started The Refillable Store in Mumbai. It’s a portable convenience store at your doorstep, providing you with the entire range of homecare products in the most eco-friendly & sustainable way possible.
“It is like the milkman delivery but for soap, dishwashing liquid, detergents.”
You only fill in what you need. Come with your container and they top it up. Obviously, you only pay for what you need.
The Idea behind Refillable
The pandemic influenced plastic consumption in obvious ways. The use of sanitizers in the pandemic naturally increased and almost all are packed in plastic bottles.
“Along with sanitizers, hand wash, dishwash, floor cleaners, etc are also the reasons for plastic waste.” Well, this could lead to an even deadlier pandemic.
The Refillable team decided that their dream of a plastic-free tomorrow won’t suffer a setback and will find new solutions to these problems. And they did!
The vision had always been to eliminate single-use plastic packaging and helping people go zero-waste.
Wondering How it Works?
To combat the problem of plastic waste, the team started Refillable.
“A refill service truck which delivers everything from cleaning agents to sanitizers at your doorstep in your own containers.” (no packaging = no plastic waste)
Lokesh shared with us the procedure of ‘how to refill’-
- First, you avail their product/service online.
- On the scheduled day of the refill, BYOC (bring your own container) or purchase one at their mobile refill station. These containers are made up of aluminum, thereby negating the risk of pollution caused by plastic.
- Their Refill Agent will disinfect your packaging and refill as per your order.
It's that simple, you save a plastic bottle from entering the landfill and make a home for zillions of years to come. You save pollution. You save nature. You save the future!
Pay for the Product; Not the Packaging
What we do today can improve our tomorrow. Refillable believes in that. Their mission is fueled by this vision.
“Within a year, we have ceased up to 500kg of plastic and almost 10,000 plastic bottles from ending up in our mother nature. This number will only keep increasing with time and our tomorrow will keep becoming greener, hopefully!”
A small step from us and we will be able to contribute to the fight against plastic.
“With no plastic packaging, you only buy the cleaning agent. This way, you save around 30% in comparison to retail prices.”
Along with being an environment warrior, you also help your pocket here! You save money; you save the environment!
A Mutual Partnership for a Greater Good
We asked Lokesh about their idea for a greater good, to which he replied-
“While there are plenty of ideas all around in the sea, we believe in the power of makeshift. Execute - Fail - Get Feedback - Upgrade and keep doing it over the course of time.”
Lokesh also added, “Refillable shows how people do not need to go out of the way to do their bit for the environment. We can become a niche player in the market, but that alone won't be enough to defeat the monster that plastic is.”
They need us. They need us to be aware of our actions and the consequences. They need us to be considerate and compassionate towards nature. They need us to stop the use of plastic whenever and wherever possible.
They have extended their arms and they need us to extend ours. This partnership will help us turn the dream of a green world into reality.
Cut Down on Plastic with Refillable
It just cannot be acceptable that we produce a large number of objects that are used for a matter of minutes and stay with us for centuries. This problem is huge and Refillable as a brand empowers you to make better choices.
Taking one step at a time in reducing plastic waste, Refillable is confident to launch their service in most metropolitan cities of India. They believe that the biggest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it. But why wait for someone else to clean up your mess?