A Locals Guide to Refillables
It’s never been easier to repurpose empty bottles
When a bottle of shampoo or soap runs out, most of us toss it in the recycle bin. This is often the best route we can take but as a recent article from NPR highlights the EPA estimates that less than 10% of plastics are actually recycled.
Reducing the amount of plastic we use in general takes work but there is an alternative solution to buying a brand new bottle of products. Refill stations are slowly popping up in brick-and-mortar stores where common household and personal-care products are sold by weight.
The difficult part about refilling products is that common retailers don’t offer refill stations, which means going a little out of the way to find a store that does. We created this guide to highlight local shops and resources that offer sustainable refill solutions and more. Here’s what you can expect to find.
Local Shops with Refillable Sections
- Earthwell Refill in Normal Heights
- Ocean Beach People's Organic Food Market in Ocean Beach
- The Nada Shop in Encinitas
- Reap & Sow in Oceanside
- Sonora Refillery in Oceanside
- Are you aware of others? Let us know!
Common Refillable Products
Hand and dish soap
How It Works
1. BRING REUSABLE CONTAINERS
Any clean glass jar will work or clean and reuse the original product container.
2. GET A TARE WEIGHT
Ask a staff member to weigh the containers before filling up. This way, you’ll only purchase the weight of the product.
Find the product you need and fill up your container.
4. WEIGH AGAIN AT CHECK OUT
Weigh your container once more to buy.
5. YOUR PRODUCTS ARE READY
Use products until ready to be filled again.