We are fortunate to live in Bude as it leads the way in so many ‘green’ initiatives but a few of us had visited refill shops elsewhere in the country and began thinking how good it would be to have something similar in Bude. We realised that, often, reducing packaging meant buying ‘premium’ products which made it unaffordable for many so we decided to take the bull by the horns and open a shop that met these needs ourselves!

Many months of hard work later, our group has grown to eight; Deb, Genevieve, Jackie, Jodie, Karen, Lou, Rachel and Sue. We are volunteers who all live locally (either in Bude or one of the surrounding villages) and share both a passion for protecting the environment and desire to bring zero waste shopping to our town.

We wanted to make this a truly local project and quickly decided to operate as a Social Enterprise so we formed a Community Interest Company which will give 100% of its profits back to local community groups. The shop will initially be staffed by volunteers but we hope that once the business is established we will be able to offer work to local people and have committed to pay the living wage.

Our main aim is to enable people to shop locally in a way that helps them reduce single use plastics but another important aspect of this type of shopping is that it enables you to buy only what you need. For older people, those on limited incomes or people living alone this is a major
benefit as often supermarket shopping promotes buying in larger quantities for ‘better value’.

We’re so excited that our dream is finally becoming a reality and we really look forward to seeing you soon….,

mighty oaks from little acorns grow

mighty oaks from little acorns grow
August 1

where it all began

where it all began
So where did our story begin? Lets go back to day zero. It started with with Jackie. If you’re local to Bude, you might know her as Bude Buyers Club’s affectionately named ‘Bog Roll Lady’ – not that we’d ever call that to her face of course. And ReFILL Shop really became a natural extension of the buyers club. But like a 2.0 version, without any plastic and with a really splendid logo and community focused ethos. Jackie was, and still is the driving force behind ReFILL Shop.
August 18

And then there were two

Here’s a face you all know! The driving force of A Greener Bude, super green warrior Deb. A Greener Bude is an organisation made up of likeminded environmental groups, organisations, businesses and individuals working together towards sustainable tourism and a circular economy in Bude – an exemplar town in so many ways, but no one was doing a single use plastic free shopping concept. So Deb and Jackie, already friends for quite a few years (it’s that Essex girl bond), found them selves enjoying the last of the summer wine at Deb’s beach hut, chatting zero waste shopping ideas. But the wine got in the way, and that’s as far as it went, until ShebFest…
September 1

Shebfest 18

More chatting and drinking wine, gin, cider …. and a chance meeting with like minded Rachel (aka among other things, licensed victualler of The Barrel Bude ) at Shebfest and the seed that was ReFILL Shop had taken root. That same night, Deb posted on A Greener Bude’s FaceBook page. Would this work? Who wants a zero waste shop? Who wants to help run a zero-waste shop?
September 6

Karen wants to help!

  Karen was one of the first responders to Deb’s call to action on FaceBook saying ‘wouldn’t it be great if…’. When exactly they started talking shop is a little hazy. It was probably a St Petroc’s fundraiser night at AnMor and there may have been cider involved. There definitely was cider.
September 10

passionate about plastic waste

Jackie and Genevieve met at a nutritional course in 2017 and realised they shared a keen interest in environmental matters. After chatting about running an alternatives to plastic website and blog, the conversation naturally progressed to a zero waste shop and Gen has been on board from day one. The first time they met to discuss ReFILL Shop Bude, they didn’t draw breath, talking for hours (its like that when you’re passionate about plastic!).
September 22


If you attended this local food fair, it’s likely you were accosted in the foyer by Jackie, or Jackie’s husband Paul – “fill in this questionnaire” they said. So you did. And the response was over whelming. Bude wanted a plastic free shop. Eek! The momentum really gathered speed, with Deb, working the main hall like a pro and picking up two new volunteers – Sue who had been thinking about setting up a waste free shop, and Lou who had also thought about setting up a waste free shop but didn’t know where to start.
October 2

Hello! Is it me you’re looking for?

So after the semi-fame a write up in the Bude & Stratton Post brought the (still theoretical) shop, things really took off. ReFILL was exactly the kind of project local artist Jodie had been looking for. Jodie knew Deb, via A Greener Bude, who arranged for Jodie and Sue to come and meet the rest of the team. An hours meeting at An Mor, became 5 hours of non stop chat, and she never looked back. There’s a theme developing here…
November 6

It’s official!

It’s official!
After finding out how fantastically beneficial to everyone social enterprises are (Jackie even went on a course!), we decided a Community Interest Company was the best way to serve Bude. We even registered with Her Maj to make it all above board and professional!
December 1

Fundraising begins!

Money raised Crowdfunder 100% So now we’d told everyone we were going to do it, how were we going to afford it? Aggh. £12,500 to raise, just to open up shop. We set up a crowdfunding page to set the ball rolling… https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/refillshopbude1
January 3

We’re YouTube megastars!

We’re YouTube megastars!
Ok, well perhaps not quite, but those not camera-shy among us put a little video together to raise awareness of our project, and to raise the much needed funds Creds go to Coral Diffey’s editing service, for putting together such a splendid vid, whilst managing us superstar movie divas (dahling!)
January 5


Bude Goes Zero Waste At The Barrel with James Dixon Our first gig together as a team, hosted by Rachel at The Barrel Bude. We were supported with music by James Dixon, and a raffle with sought after prizes such as a speed boat, holiday home and top prize a roll of Who Gives A Crap bog paper. The speed boat and holiday home weren’t actual prizes, but no-one seemed to mind.
January 13


Wow, who knew Bude loved cake so much? We raised a whopping load of dosh at our pop-up coffee morning take over, and kick-started the rush on sponsored hoppers – who knew Bude loved gravity-fed hygienically sealed food dispensers so much? Thanks Butterbun for allowing us to take over your cafe and Ali of CookSimplyCook for making delicious treats and serving. Oh and all you cake lovers for making the day a success. We even got our faces in the papers again!
January 18


Two events for the price of one today: the first a dry run on the silent disco (thanks St Petroc’s – sorry we [Jackie] set off the fire alarm with our [her] crazy DJ effects). If you want to know how well that went, you’ll have to read our book; and when we’d sort of recovered from that, it was QUIZ NIGHT! We couldn’t have done it without our hosts Sazerac Social who wrote really hard questions, and compere Mr Martin Dorey MBE, who had such a commanding voice he didn’t need a mic. The evening concluded with the music round, courtesy of the talented Ezmay Grace.
January 19


Can you tell the novelty is starting to wear off? Oh stop being a whiner – we’re on a roll! Saturday’s fundraiser was a pay as you feel car wash, hosted by Sam Edwards Garage and JC49 Car Cleaning – thanks so much for your support guys – with support from not-in-the-least-grumpy-teen Louis, who washed alot of cars and didn’t moan once about it.
January 23


Now this is our kind of fundraiser – where you just turn up and stuff yourself with delicious Sri Lankan faire. Felt a bit guilty that those lovely chaps at Temple did all the hard work (thanks Temple!). AND we rearranged their tables (again). You missed a real treat if you didn’t make it. Batteries suitably charged for the finale…
January 25


Make or break today! Will we hit target? Anyone who was anyone dusted off their glitter balls and headed to Rosie’s for our finale silent disco. The most hilarious and bewildering night ever with Debs on channel 80’s balllads and Sue raving to Channel Wedding Party Songs we had a blast. And at 9pm when our crowdfunder came to a close we knew we’d made it, and the dancing shoes could come off and the hair down and wild. What a fantastic end. Now the real work would begin!

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