Rise of the Refill: Five Local Reusable Finds

Reduce waste easily with these local refilleries.

The push toward zero waste has seen a rise in refilleries, which are stores selling commonly used products in bulk without the single-use plastics you see at the grocery store. All you have to do is bring your own container, pick your product, and fill up (typically by the ounce) on everything from dishwasher detergent to face wash.

Shampoo bottles

Single-use plastic bottles can take hundreds of years to break down in a landfill. The shampoo bars from Simply Zero in OTR are biodegradable, plus they come in five options for nearly every hair type. Lather, rinse, reuse, repeat. 1235 Vine St, Over-the-Rhine, simplyzero.co

Laundry detergent pod

At Madisonville’s Fill More Waste Less, you can swap your detergent for plastic-free Dropps Stain & Odor laundry packs, which come in lavender eucalyptus, fir and orange, or unscented for sensitive skin. 4305 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville, (513) 390-2873, fillmorewasteless.com

All-purpose cleaners

Eco-friendly household cleaners can’t just smell good—they also have to get the job done. Kentucky Botanical Co. offers refillable cleaning products for around the house, from the bathroom to the dishwasher. Multiple locations, kybotanicalco.com

Plastic wrap

Flimsy, filmy plastic can clog up recycling sorting equipment and wreak havoc on the environment. Next time you need to cover up leftovers, reach for something reusable, like the malleable wrap from OTR’s Bee Haven. 1815 Elm St., (513) 381-4669, beehavenhoney.com

Plastic fruit containers

Clamshells, like the types that hold berries, are notoriously tough to recycle, thanks in part to the difficult-to-remove stickers on their lids. For a more permanent solution to this single-use nightmare, opt to store your fruits and veggies in The Native One’s stoneware baskets. Multiple locations, thenativeone.com

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