Yes we have no plastic: Body Shop, A&W
Eco doesn’t always mean economic, at least not in the sense of money.
I’ve recently switched a lot of my shopping habits to take advantage of Terra20’s “ecobar”. Shampoo, body wash, conditioner, bathroom cleaner, laundry detergent, fabric softener, dishwashing soap, I think I’ve got the whole collection. I don’t mind paying a little extra on those products to save myself toxins. This store has a list of ingredients none of its products contain, and I enjoy not having to read fine prints. It’s worth an extra, oh, dollar or two a week to me. But also, I save a lot of plastic bottles; you buy a container once, then refill it at the ecobar, for which you get a discount.
The Body Shop was there a long time ago, but its own refilling station had to be cancelled because customers at the time didn’t understand how it worked. Maybe the company was too far ahead of its time. Now that we’re getting used to limiting the amount of plastic we use, the company decided to bring back a refilling station for shower gels in one of its London stores.
It would be great if less expensive brands got into this trend. Because sometimes, the price at the cash register trumps everything else, and you go to Walmart to get the cheapest product possible because really, who cares what brand of toilet cleaner you use aren’t they all the same anyway? (Yes. Pretty much.) It would be cool if stores like Walmart or Loblaws or Canadian Tire used refilling stations for budget household cleaners.
Found myself at A&W last night because Middle Daughter was craving root beer. I’m not into fast food as much as all that, but I like that chain’s commitment to use meat raised without unnecessary antibiotics. And their sorting station in lieu of trash cans. They’ve had that for a while. Unless I’m mistaken they were also the first chain to bring in Beyond Meat burgers. I was pleased last night to see that they’ve also eliminated their plastic straws. Turns out they’d announced that change (in a spectacular way) back in January but like I said, I’m not into fast food as much as all that. Anyway, woot.