what we do when we’re not refilling: ReFill shop volunteers go crafting!

Its been a crazy first year for us – infact we’ve only been open since April, but we’ve crammed a lot in:

We’ve helped our amazing customers reduce a huge amount of single-use plastic from entering the waste stream:
— the equivalent of 1,800 bottles of cleaning products, over 550 toothbrushes, 250 disposable razors and with several shampoo and conditioner options, prevented around 1,800 more bottles ending up in landfill; and as another example — over 100,000 sheets of toilet paper …that’s enough to stretch from Bude to Bodmin and back, via Launceston!

The shop has also helped to decrease food waste and food packaging, because you can buy exactly what you need. So  far that’s over 100kg of chocolate treats and 550kg of pasta, but you also like our cereals, nuts, rice, pulses and spices.

We’ve supported the Bude Food Bank, gifting a £1,000 voucher scheme allowing recipients to come in and purchase what they would like.

We’ve been so well supported by you that we’ve already been able to welcome Celli as our first paid member of staff, managing the shop for us half the week. We set up the shop with the dream of being able to provide employment opportunities and to be able to do so in our first six months was just incredible!

However, despite taking on a paid employee, we’re still very much volunteer powered and we would not have achieved all this without our tireless volunteer team. So with that in mind, we thought we’d take off to the woods on Wednesday and enjoy so time together making willow wreaths.

 

We’d like to say a huge thank you to all our fabulous volunteers and customers for making it all happen. Here’s to the next six months and all the adventures!

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