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Image credit: SESI – Paul and Rina Pictured above.
From the 1st of December 2017 the local community will be able to visit The Wantage Mix to refill their own containers with SESI’s sustainable laundry liquids, rose scented hand soap, and spiced ginger-scented washing up liquid. Users can bring any container they like to fill with the detergents, from old plastic bottles to glass jars or milk cartons – helping reduce plastic packaging use.
According to Greenpeace we’ve produced 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics since the 1950s. That’s enough plastic to cover every inch of the UK ankle-deep more than ten times over. Of that total, 79% has ended up in landfills or the natural environment, including our oceans. Just 9% was recycled.
SESI who supply detergent refills to business in Oxford and London and sell packaging free food from their market stall every Saturday at East Oxford Farmers Market, produce their detergents with the help of a family firm in Northampton called Ideal Manufacturing. The ingredients used in their products are sourced almost entirely from the UK, except for lemons and lavender from Europe, and none of them are harmful to the environment.
SESI takes special pride in the fact that none of their ingredients are grown in monocultures: massive single-crop farms which are often harmful to biodiversity, including the palm oil plantations which have destroyed the habitat of the Sumatran tiger. Since it was set up in 2006, SESI estimates that it has saved 40,000 containers from landfill.
Katie Herring, a volunteer helping to set-up the re-fill stations says:
I’ve been working with SESI in Oxford for some time now and was keen to bring their fantastic products to Wantage. I love that you can pretty much refill using any container you’ve got lying around, giving it a new lease of life and stopping it going into landfill and damaging our environment. It’s also great to know that Rina and Paul, the SESI founders, have worked hard to make sure all the ingredients in their products are sourced as sustainably as possible so I can be confident it’s a truly ethical product. I can’t wait to launch the stations at The Wantage Mix and start a refill revolution in my home town.
The Wantage Mix will be showcasing the new refill stations at their venue on December 1st as part of the Dickensian evening Celebrations.
After this date customers wishing to use the new refill stations can visit The Wantage Mix 4 – 6.30 pm Mondays and 1 – 3 pm Wednesdays.
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The Wantage Mix is a multi-purpose community space run by Sustainable Wantage. It Is available for hot desking, hiring for meetings, exchanging resources and running and attending a variety of workshops ranging from upcycling to forest gardening and woodcraft.
Sustainable Wantage is a community action group (CAG), run by volunteers interested in lifestyles that have a lower impact on the environment and increase our resourcefulness and resilience as a local community.