Join Global Refill Day and end plastic pollution

Posted by Imogen Searra on 4 November 2019

Global Refill Day will take place this Wednesday, 6 November and is an international movement to end plastic pollution. Created by Green Peace, the day aims to demonstrate the changes that people want to large corporates.

To take part in Global Refill Day, all you have to do is take a reusable container to your local grocery store, coffee shop or eatery and ask for your purchase to be packaged in that.

By not opting for a single-use container, you can show these establishments that a reusable system is far more sustainable than using throwaway packaging that will inevitably get to a landfill.

If they accept, you can celebrate the win on social media, tag them and use the hashtag #ReuseRevolution. If they decline, do the same and tell them to join the #ReuseRevolution.

It is time for large, medium and small companies to be held accountable for the waste that they dispose of every day. Landfills in South Africa have been declared a ‘ticking timebomb’ and The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) says 98-million tonnes of waste is deposited across South Africa’s 826 landfill sites every year.

If you’re looking to support a local grocer, café or eatery that is already practicing a zero-waste ethos, here is a list of options for you to shop at:

KwaZulu Natal

The Refill Den, Suite 102, 68 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban

House of Bravo, Shop 1, 295 Florida Road, Durban

Azikho, Unit 15 Gregory Park, Garlicke Drive, Ballito

Good Source SA, 42 Old Main Road, Hillcrest

Market in the Midlands, Highgate Wine Estate, next to Piggly Wiggly

Founder Foods, 2 Village Road, Kloof

Cape Town

Low Impact Living, 12-24 Glen Road, Glencairn

Nude Foods, 5 Constitution Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

Nude Foods, Shop 22, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave, Newlands

Shop Zero SA, 403 Albert Road, Woodstock

The Unpacked Pantry, 4 Sol Cohen Drive, Heathfield

Zero Waste Store, Earth Fair Market, Tokai (every 2nd Saturday)

Zero Waste Store,  Daily Goods Store, 29 Palmer Rd, Muizenberg

Aum Health Hub, Cnr of 6th Avenue and Mostert, Unit 4 Gerfa Centre, Melkbosstrand

Victoria’s Pantry, Shop 6, Victoria Square, Main Road, Hermanus


The Refillery, Cedar Square, Fourways.

Replenish Zero Waste Store, (various markets)

The Unwrapped Co, Blairgowrie, Randburg (online)

The SEK Collective, The Real Mackay Building, 7 Mackay Ave, Blairgowrie, Randburg

Port Elizabeth

Waste-Not Groceries, 21 Bain Street, Richmond Hill, PE


Waste Me Not Sustainable Living,  Zimbabwe


Zero Waste Store, 30 Stein Street, Paulannic Centre Shop 3, Windhoek

(List courtesy of Life Lived Simply)

Image: Unsplash




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