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For Earth Day, explore Refill Stores

9:34 PM, Apr. 20, 2013  |  Comments
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I just spent time and water rinsing out a salad dressing bottle for the recycle bin.

I'm wondering: Do we really need all these bottles and containers?

If we had a Refill Store, we could take our own containers - quart jars or Tupperware - and fill them from a tank. Ounces of the product being tapped would be counted as it was being dispersed. We would pay for our refills, in our reuseable containers.

This could be done with so many products that now come in way too many separate plastic containers.

Not all plastic containers are recyclable and end up in landfills. Not everyone recycles as they should.

Shampoo, hair conditioner, hand and body lotion, dish soap, laundry detergent, dressings, ketchup, vinegar, cooking oil, whipped topping, on and on. These are all items that can be sold from large vats.

Let's get companies and corporations working on this.

What can the UWGB Environmental Department, Brown County Port & Solid Waste Department, Procter & Gamble, and others do to see that Re-Fill Stores become a reality?

Let's move toward an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and personally spiritually fulfilling manner of living upon our one-and-only Earth.

Our grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great, etc., deserve it.

Linda Patzke

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