Did you know that to reuse and refill is better for our planet than to recycle? According to an article published last year in National Geographic, 91% of plastics designated to be recycled are not recycled. In fact, since China is no longer buying many of our used paper or plastic items, many of our “recycled items” are finding their way into our landfills. It appears that we haven’t been educated properly about what can go into our recycling bins in order for them to be properly recycled. For instance, we cannot recycle used cardboard pizza boxes, since many times there are traces of grease on the cardboard. Make sure that all glass containers and metal cans are rinsed out before being placed in the recycle bin. So our mantra continues to be reduce, reuse,and then recycle. Here’s the link to a handy checklist from the organization that promoted Plastic Free July to help you reduce and reuse: http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/action-picker.html
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Zero Waste Society
We are happy to carry stainless steel straws with sleeves.These stylish, reusable straws are a perfect alternative to plastic straws. Plus, our stainless steel straws are easy to carry and are perfect for cold drinks. Each straw comes with its own cleaning brush. We sell individual straws($3.50) as well as straws with sleeves($12.00).
Instead of using the plastic produce bags at the grocery store, why not use our versatile reusable cloth bags? These 100% organic cotton produce bags completely eliminate the need for plastic bags. Bags are sold in a pack of 4: two 10 x 12 inch and two 5 x 7 inch bags. Each pack cost $10.00.
5% of the profits from the purchase of Zero Waste Society items will go to the Plastic Pollution Coalition.
We now carry fantastic hand crafted bars of soap from North Park Soap Company. You may have seen these great smelling soaps at the North Park Farmer’s Market. These soaps are paraben and sulfate free and cold processed. Two of the soaps we offer, Eucalyptus & Tangerine with Tumeric and Sea Salt and Lemongrass & Spearmint with Organic Coconut Milk, are made exclusively for us. We also offer Peppermint Mocha with Coffee Exfoliant and Lavender Lemongrass with Oatmeal Exfoliant. We sell this 100% natural bulk soap for $1.65/oz.
Looking for luscious lip balm and lip tint? Don’t look any further, we got you covered with Dryland Wilds botanical lip balm and lip tint. Not only are these products not packaged in plastic, they are made with botanical fragrances from the dryland (desert) plants of New Mexico. Try the prickly pear, chocolate flower, and primrose lip tints as well as the beebalm+siberian elm, cottonwood bud, and sweet ponderosa lip balms. Lip Balms packaged in paper tubes cost $5.99 and lip tint in a metal container cost $7.99.
You asked for it and now we have eco-friendly automatic dishwasher detergent that lives up to your expectations! It took some research to see what would be the best type of detergent to work with San Diego’s hard water, but we finally did it. MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder is vegan, made with safe ingredients, vegan, eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable…. And it WORKS!
EWG's Guide to Healthy Cleaning gave MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher Powder an A rating!
MamaSuds Automatic Dishwasher powder coupled with distilled white vinegar as a rinse aid will leave your glasses and dishes sparkling clean. Our automatic dishwasher powder from MamaSuds costs $.59/oz.
It’s taken us a while and lots of testing and frustrating moments, but we finally found a non-baking soda deodorant that keeps you smelling fresh! We offer three scents: Unscented, Lavender, and Tea Tree & Clary Sage. R.D.Alchemy will also reuse (sterilize and refill) the empty deodorant tubes we return. It’s a win-win deal with top of the line ingredients that won’t irritate your skin and an eco-friendly option that won’t contribute to our landfills.
Dental Lace is a refillable dental floss and 99% zero waste product. A glass container with a stainless-steel cap holds floss that is 100% Mulberry silk. The container can be re-used, the boxes recycled and the floss biodegrades.The only waste is the waterproof label on the container, which stays on the reusable container. The Dental Lace Container package, including a container and 2 spools of silk, costs $6.98, and the 2-spool refill package costs $5.69.
Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner
Dr. Bronner's Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner ($.39/oz) is not a soap but instead is a concentrated hard-surface all-purpose cleaner. It is made with plant-based surfactants and natural fir needle and spruce essential oils without any synthetic dyes, fragrances or preservatives. Perfect for general household cleaning (dishes, floors, laundry, etc.), it cleans and rinses with exceptional power, yet it is mild and gentle on the skin. Sal Suds Liquid Cleaner is equally effective in hard or soft water, rinsing freely, hot or cold. It is 100% cruelty-free, as certified by the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics, and will biodegrade rapidly after doing its job.
Bottle Saver Update
To date, we have refilled over 5,000 containers! Pat yourself on the back for making this happen!
Earthwell Refill as a Resource
Not only do we offer natural products for your body and household care; we’re also a great resource for packing boxes, packing peanuts, and 55 gallon drums and 5 gallon containers. We sell the 55 gallon drums for $20 and the 5 gallon containers for $5. The boxes and peanuts are free. Availability of these items vary, so check ahead.
Earthwell Refill Videos!
We have been fortunate to have customers who are good with video cameras. Click and enjoy! https://www.earthwellrefill.com/press