Plastic-Free July: Week 2

This week, we will be focusing on how you can reduce your plastic footprint when purchasing food products.

Here at The Refill Pantry, we know how difficult it is to find plastic-free food options, especially when looking in supermarkets. Whether you are looking to buy snacks on the go, or restock your fridge and pantry with staples, it can be hard to resist the convenience of a plastic packet of nuts, or a plastic bottle of cooking oil. That’s why The Refill Pantry came into existence! We wanted to provide a way for everyone to buy staple food products with the same convenience as stopping off at a supermarket, but without the plastic waste! This week we will look at four different food products you can purchase at The Refill Pantry, and why they serve as an even better option than supermarket equivalents -they’re all plastic-free! Both on London Road and at Carpenter’s Farm Shop, The Refill Pantry provides a ‘refill’ service for many food products. Simply bring along a container of your own, or purchase one from us upon arrival, and refill your pantry!

1. Refill your bottle of Oil

We stock a range of oils and vinegars, from Rapeseed Oil to Olive Oil to Fig and Date Balsamic Vinegar. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got your back!

  • Cotswold Gold Rapeseed oil is a fantastic oil for cooking: with a high burning temperature, this oil allows for you to reach higher temperatures in the kitchen without bad consequences!

  • We also stock Duvichus Olive Oil, which is delicious for dipping, salad dressings or even cooking.

  • All of these products can be dispensed into your own container. Wash out your old olive oil bottle, and then fill it right back up at The Refill Pantry!

  • By refilling your container, you are cutting down on plastic waste associated with purchasing a new bottle each time you run out!

  • Even better news- our Olive, Rapeseed and Sunflower oils all come from suppliers that take back and refill their containers for a perfect Closed Loop system.

2. Your new favourite snack

Crisps are a classic supermarket purchase: whether you’re halfway through the day and need a little pick-me-up, or you’re having friends over for a few drinks, crisps are the perfect snack. However, they come at a cost to the environment: an estimated 16 million packets get thrown away every day. Cut out your plastic waste entirely by purchasing unpackaged crisps from The Refill Pantry!

  • 'Just Crisps’ are delicious, 100% British Crisps made from potatoes and rapeseed oil both produced on their farm in Staffordshire.

  • These crisps come to us entirely unpackaged: our supplier provides us with a tub of crisps, and we return that container right back to them to refill .

  • So, by purchasing these crisps from us, you are not only reducing your plastic waste, but you are also contributing to a circular economy.

  • By using services like these more, we can begin to reduce plastic waste at a larger scale. So for Plastic-Free July, why not try Just Crisps from The Refill Pantry?