Interview: The Refill Pantry – aiming for Zero Waste
In this episode I talk to one of the founders of The Refill Pantry.
Celina Mendoza and her friend and neighbour Tania Trovatello have opened the first Zero-Waste shop in St Albans. Depressed by the rising tide of recycling they were creating, and following the lead of Earth Food Love, a Zero-Waste shop in Totnes, Celina and Tania resolved to do something about this and opened The Refill Pantry. Since our personal health and that of the planet are so closely linked, it makes sense to look after both!
In this show we explore what a Zero-Waste Lifestyle is, how it compares with recycling and explore how you can make a real difference to the amount of plastic being used in our daily lives. There are many great ideas in this episode, and I have linked below more information referred to during this episode as well as links to the shop itself (which is open 7 days per week) if you are local to the area.
Celina’s take away points
Refuse Always take cutlery and straws with you in your bag and refuse plastic
Reduce Reduce what you don’t need – ask yourself “do I really need this?”
Re-use Take a water bottle and coffee cup with you in your bag and use them!
Recycle Anything that you can’t compost
Rot Compost the rest!
The book of the movement, Zero Waste Home by Bea Johnson
Contact details for The Refill Pantry
Address: 26 London Road, St Albans, AL1 1NG
Phone: 01727 800111
Surfer’s Against Sewage guide to reducing Plastic Waste – click here to download