Refilling 101 - A Beginner’s Guide to Refilling

Refilling 101 - A Beginner’s Guide to Refilling

If you’ve found yourself drawn to this blog post, we’re going to go out on a limb and take a guess that you’re looking to get into refilling, but don’t know where to start? If this is you, keep reading.

This is our hot take on a 'refilling 101 crash course' - because we get it, it can be overwhelming knowing how to start your refilling journey. We have compiled our five most useful tips to make your leap into refilling easier.

1. Collect used jars/containers.

A great place to get started is building up your jar/container collection. Pasta sauce jars, pickle jars, peanut butter jars - as long as it has a proper closure, and is clean and dry, it can be refilled. 

A question we often get is, “What container would be best for toilet bowl cleaner?” Our answer is to make use of what you have already. Once you run out of toilet bowl cleaner, simply clean it out your existing container, and we can fill it right back up. This also goes for almost anything, including laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner and dishwasher tabs too. We always advocate for making use of what you already have before buying new.

2. Do your research and make a list.

What products are you looking to refill? What products are offered at the best refillery in town (Park Market & Refillery)? You’ll find all the info you’ll need about our products on our website - including recommended use, ingredients and end of life. This will also help you plan your visit.

Showing up to the shop with a bag full of empty jars is great, but it may feel a tad overwhelming if you don’t have a plan for what you'd like to get. We’d suggest making a list of the products you’re running low on/wanting to try refilling, pick your containers and label then ahead of time. This makes things much more manageable once you arrive. You can also bring a few extra jars in case you think of a few more refillables you'd like to try when you arrive.

3. Start somewhere.

We have a LOT of refillable products available. Some staples, some a little more niche, but if you're looking for a recommendation, start with the big 3 - hand soap, dish soap and laundry detergent. These are great, comfortable swaps to get you introduced to refilling.

Once you’ve dipped your toes into the waters of refilling, then refilling products like toothpaste and essential oils may not seem so out of reach!

4. Try a little bit first.

This is one of the many beauties of refilling - you can get as much or as little as you’d like. We price our products by weight - we weigh the container you’d like filled, tare it so that weight = 0, and then fill the container, and the price is based on how much product you want.

So, want to only try 100 grams of our laundry detergent? Totally fine! Not only is refilling an environmentally friendly choice, it’s also super flexible.

5. Be patient.

Finally, and probably our most helpful tip is to be patient and go easy on yourself. Switching over to refilling your products is a process, and it’ll take time.  Try to not set your expectation to switch over every single product at once - start slow, build up your refilling repertoire gradually, and you’ll be a refilling champ in no time!