10th December 2021
What has this got to do with the refill hub?
There's two things refilling can have an impact on when it comes to animals and we're going to touch on them both. You don't have to be vegan to show that you love, respect and want to protect animals. Choosing to refill will have an impact, maybe more than you realise so let's dive right in.
The first is pretty obvious, by refilling and reusing your bottles you're choosing not to throw away any more plastic. How does this affect animals? Well, did you know even if you are diligently recycling your bottles the majority of it doesn't even get recycled (*1). Quite a lot of it (more than half in fact) gets sent abroad where instead of being recycled it is abandoned in illegal dumps or even set on fire. Plastic waste that gets dumped abroad can get blown by the wind into rivers and oceans and a studies have shown that plastic packaging and plastic bags are the most deadly form of plastic pollution for marine life.
Marine species ingest or are entangled by plastic debris, which causes severe injuries and death.
If thats not enough to make you consider refilling to reduce your plastic consumption consider this astronomical fact:
Of the 5800 million tonnes of primary plastic no longer in use, only 9 percent has been recycled since 1950 (*2)
Come along to our Zero waste and refill event tonight (4-7pm) and find out more about our lovely zero waste products or book a refill appointment here:
The second thing you may not have thought about is the impact of the production of the product on animals and also the impact that the chemicals they contain have on the environment in which animals live once you have used them. This might be slightly harder to get your head around but I'll try my best to give you some info and links so you can read more if you want to. If you think you're already buying eco-friendly cruelty free products, this one is probably going to hurt to accept but don't worry, I have been there too so I'll try and make you feel a little less bad about it, it's not your fault, I promise.
I'm sure you know about animal testing and you're already making an effort to buy products that are cruelty free and vegan and I want you to be proud of yourself for taking note of the messages we are receiving about animal testing, plastic and chemical pollution and trying to do something about it. But did you know even well known names that have made their way into the homes of more eco-friendly housesholds such as Method and Ecover are not as animal friendly as they seem. Method and Ecover are cruelty-free brands, but since 2019 both brands have been owned by SC Johnson, a parent company that is NOT cruelty-free. (You can read that directly from them here: https://www.scjohnson.com/en/newsroom/statements/sc-johnson-point-of-view-on-animal-testing)
And what about ingredients? Would it surprise you to learn that processed animal fats are commonly used as a surfactant (*3) in laundry products? Imagine that, you could be washing your clothes in animal fat!
At The Circle Refill Hub we chose to offer cleaning products from the Fill Refill Co. They don't use any animal-derived raw materials for their products and no animals are harmed in their formulation, testing or manufacturing or any of their suppliers processes, they don't test on animals and they source raw materials from suppliers that don't too (*4). Our beauty products come from Cole & Co who have a passion for making high quality products that are vegan and cruelty free (*5).
If you want to try the refill products on offer from The Circle Refill Hub book an appointment and come along. You don't need to know what you want and you don't need to buy a lot to try them we sell everything in 100ml increments.
*1- You can check out Greenpeace to read more about what happens to the waste here: https://www.greenpeace.org.uk/news/plastic-recycling-export-incineration/
*3 - Surfactants are one of the major components of laundry and cleaning products. They break up stains and suspend the dirt in the water to prevent the redeposition of the dirt onto the surface. Surfactants disperse dirt that normally does not dissolve in water.