Every time I put an empty, but perfectly reusable, product container in my recycling bin, I wish I was toting it to the store to refill. My local grocery store has a large bulk foods section where you can fill containers with everything from soy sauce to cooking oils to maple syrup. Wouldn't it be fantastic to have a similar setup for refilling things like laundry detergent, dish soap, countertop cleaner, etc.
It seems like a company as progressive as Seventh Generation should lead the way for installing refill stations in the stores that sell its products. Think of how much packaging you could avoid making. Recycling is fine, but considering the resources used in recycling all these containers, not to mention in their original production - it hardly makes me feel much better. Plus, if you passed some of that savings on to the consumer, people might be more likely to make the investment in healthier, although frequently more expensive, "green cleaners".
It's not the packaging that I want to buy over and over - it's what's inside. Please give me a way to do that!
An Austin Mom