With the new year just around the corner, we all have a list of resolutions ready to improve our quality of life, implement better habits, and feel better overall. If you’re also looking to simplify your daily lifestyle and reduce our collective environmental impact, we have one suggestion that should definitely make it onto your list: Building your own at-home refill station!
Read on to find 5 reasons why refilling at home is better for you, your wallet, AND the environment.
#1. Reduced Mental Load
Having an at-home refill station and a cupboard stocked with economical bulk food is essential. It’s a great way to minimise your mental load by maximising your trips to the store and planning your family’s needs in advance.
#2. Save Time and Money
Our 2-, 4-, and 10-litre refills help you avoid multiple trips, use less gas, save time, and avoid having to carry heavy products out of the grocery store or pharmacy. By refilling at home once or twice per year, you’re saving on individual product costs in addition to avoiding the shipping costs incurred when you buy online.
#3. More Autonomy
An at-home refill station typically includes the home and body care products you use on a regular basis and can’t do without—starting with our hand soap, an essential for the colder months to come. This autonomy also means you’ll always have access to quality, all-natural, and fragrance-free products without having to rely on whatever the corner-store carries whenever your TuC bottles run out.
#4. Less Plastic Waste
We’re thrilled to see our customers’ determination to reduce their environmental impact, since each at-home refill saves a plastic bottle from winding up in the landfill. A complete refill station should have everything you need to fill up your favourite TUC products at home—including a 4L refill of our liquid laundry detergent, a 4L refill of our hand soap, a 4L refill of our liquid dish soap, and a 4L refill of our all-purpose cleaner. When you set up an at-home refill station like this, you’re actually saving 20 plastic bottles!
An at-home filling station is also an excellent way to explain the benefits of recycling and repurposing items at home to your kids. You can even personalise bottles according to use, allowing every child the enjoyment of filling it up themselves (under supervision, of course!) once empty!
#5. Involve Your Kids
Having your very own in-home grocery store/pharmacy can be very intriguing, especially for young kids. By involving the whole family—explaining how product refills work and why doing so is a gesture of love for our planet—you can make everyone more engaged.
You might even turn clean-up time into something fun for your little ones…
So, How Do You Start?
It’s definitely possible to build your own at-home refill station without investing a lot of time or money. Ideally, you can find an under-utilised shelf and customise it to your needs. For smaller spaces or apartments that don’t have much storage, it’s best to create two smaller, portable filling stations: one for the bathroom and laundry, and one for the kitchen. (Otherwise, you can try to maximise the cabinets under the kitchen sink or bathroom.) Have a bit of extra closet space? You can even stack two refill boxes and remove as needed.
Wherever you choose to install it, make sure to set up your at-home refill station in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Most TUC products can be stored for 2 to 3 years without problems, and you can easily find the manufacturing date on the outside of our bottles and cans.
To optimally plan your orders, write down the starting date of each product refill ; once you’ve finished it, you’ll have a better idea of your household’s consumption rate and can better plan your future purchases. Shop The Unscented Company now on Well.ca.