You would maybe think that after several years on the plastic minimalism train, I would have plastic-free solutions for everything. As much as I would like this to be the case, the truth is that I still have some plastic waste on a regular basis. Among this are plastic bottles of dish washing detergent.
Previously, I wrote about how I used vinegar and baking powder to do the dishes. At that time, I had only a tiny kitchen and therefore only cooked simple meals, so dishes were quite limited. Now that I live at a bigger house, with a bigger kitchen, the piles of dishes have also grown larger. Add to this that I move to a place where vinegar usually comes in plastic bottles and not in glass bottles, I had to find a new plastic free solution for dish washing soap.
With a new year just started, it’s time to tackle this issue. On the internet, I did some research to find out what my options are. It turns out that Ecover, a manufacturer of cleaning products, has refill stations across the Netherlands and one of them turns out to be in a city nearby the village where I live. So yesterday I got on my bike and went there to refill my empty detergent bottles.
Such an easy solution! Just bring a bottle, fill it, pay for it, and go home. That’s it!
The only minor issue was that I brought bottles from a different brand to refill, which confused the lady at the cashier because normally customers refill the original Ecover bottle that they previously purchased. The store preferred it if people do it this way, because they can then simply scan the bar code (you get a 10% discount for reusing the bottle!). So if you go to this or a different Ecover refill station, make sure to check what kind of bottles you are supposed to use.
What new solutions will you explore this year?