OUR SUPPLIERS

Our goal is to help you increase your use of eco-friendly and cruelty free products and reduce your use of plastic. We have chosen suppliers and products that will help you achieve that goal.

We currently stock eco-friendly products by Miniml, Ecovibe, Alter/Native by Suma , d2w, The Sutcliffe Toothbrush Company, The Cheeky Panda Company & ABC.

One of the fantastic benefits of Miniml is that they collect their 20L drums from us and clean  and refill them – creating a zero waste supply chain.  They  manufacture in their factory in Yorkshire using water from the Yorkshire Moors.  Their eco-friendly products are all Biodegradable, Vegan, Cruelty Free and Palm Oil Free.  The laundry products are also non-biological.  Added to this, we’re really pleased that their Shampoo, Conditioner and Bodywash are Sulphate free too, which is great if you have sensitive skin.

We love the fact that the Alter/Native products have only ever been tested on their employees! Apparently lots of their workforce volunteered to test their sample products and their feedback resulted in the final product. We can imagine it smelt very nice at their HQ too. None of the ingredients have been tested on animals and are they registered with the Vegan Society. Their 5L bulk containers are all made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and are also fully recyclable. They are also working on a closed loop recycling system for their 20L containers. Their products are made in the UK and – like Miniml – they rely on Yorkshire water! It’s a good job they get plenty of rain up there.

When we looked into stocking Ecovibe we loved the fact that it was launched by a group of like-minded friends in Leeds whose guiding principle was that they wanted to enable people to source truly eco-friendly alternatives. Their focus is on cutting out plastic but they also consider the ethics, carbon-footprint and sustainability of all of their products. Like us, they know that going plastic-free is not easy and they accept (as do we) that they are not perfect. Their ethos that it’s about the small switches we make that can reduce our impact on the planet chimes well with our belief that individual actions add up to a collective response to the problems our environment faces. We stock their compostable sponges and scourers and have recently added their lovely deodorant too.  We will keep expanding the range.

These products are made of bamboo – but not the sort eaten by pandas!

Using bamboo, which grows 30 times faster than trees, means that The Cheeky Panda’s carbon footprint is significantly smaller than alternatives. For example they calculate that they produce 31% fewer carbon dioxide emissions per sheet compared to recycled toilet paper, and 65.5% less than virgin source toilet tissue. They also off set the carbon that they do produce through the World Land Trust and have focussed on supporting protection of a rainforest in Vietnam though this scheme.

They are not completely plastic free yet but that is their ambition by the end of 2020. We’re really pleased to be able to support them in that.  The Cheeky Panda reckon that there any many benefits to using bamboo – such as the fact that it creates less dust, which is better for people with sensitive skin or hay fever. (If you suffer from certain allergies like at Refill Round HQ you’ll already know that blowing your nose on standard tissues can actually make your nose run more because of the dust on them!) They make sure that their products are also free of fragrance, chlorine bleach and many other allergens. This means that they can also recommend them for use people suffering from conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s disease, Eczema and Lichen Sclerosus.

Plus you can all breath deep too – bamboo absorbs up to 35% more carbon and produces 30% more oxygen than trees.  Their products are cruelty free and are free from all animal products.

Plastic bags are a tricky item. If we can do so we should use alternatives. Sometimes, however, they are hard to replace. There are therefore different products on the market which aim to reduce the impact of plastic bags (whether through production or its disposal). Unfortunately, none are perfect. We have decided that using an alternative product which is at least better for the environment is preferable to making no changes at all. We are therefore stocking a couple of types of bags produced by d2w. We use them at The Refill Round HQ as a replacement for our kitchen bin bags. Occasionally, we also use the black bin liners as garden waste bags (if we’re unable to dispose of the waste in an alternative way). They are plastic bags but they have an additive which enables them to degrade harmlessly.

D2W explained to us that their biodegradable technology accelerates the natural process of oxidation until the product it is no longer a plastic. It becomes a material which can be used as a food source by bacteria and fungi on land or sea –in the same way as a leaf. If it is not recycled before the end of its useful life (and they are recyclable) and escapes into the environment then it will degrade and biodegrade. That means no toxic residues and no microplastics. We understand that this process can take as little as two years. Apparently even Buckingham Palace has converted their refuse bags sacks over to bags containing d2w – along with some a number of supermarkets, clothing brands and other companies.

We are really pleased to be able to support this small business, as well as promoting our aim of reducing plastic waste in the environment.

We stock a selection of handmade, beautifully patterned Beeswax and Vegan-Friendly Food Wraps made by the lovely Alison in Shropshire.  Each wrap measures approximately 33 x 33cm and is made from 100% cotton, soaked in either soy wax or pure beeswax, creating an anti-bacterial layer.

They are a fantastic reusable alternative to single use plastic cling film or foil.  They can be used to wrap and store cold food until needed, such as cheese, fruit/vegetables, slices of cake etc.  They are also perfect for wrapping your lunch-time sandwich or afternoon treat.

Alison has hives in various apiaries in Shropshire.  As part of good hive management, she replaces brood and honey frames every 2-3 years and the old wax is rendered down, usually in a solar extractor. That uses the heat from the sun to melt down the naturally produced wax.  She then filters and strains it until it is perfectly clean and ready to make your food wrap.  She even composts any cotton scraps created in the process of making the wraps!

The vegan-friendly wraps are made using 100% pure soy wax and cotton.

We’re really excited to be working with this local family business, based in Appleton.  Dan Sutcliffe is a dentist of 16 year’s experience and – as an active member of Plastic Free Warrington – he was keen to use his skills to reduce the packaging associated with dental care, whilst also creating products that are great for your dental hygiene.

We stock their beautifully designed bamboo toothbrushes, which come in a recyclable box and hygienic “eco-wrap”.  The only tough choice you will have to make is which colour bristle to go for: pink, green or blue?  Plus you don’t need to worry about getting them mixed up in the toothbrush pot!

Not content with creating stylish and effective toothbrushes, Dan has also tackled the excess packaging that comes with dental floss.  He has designed a plastic free floss dispenser – drastically cutting down on the plastic content of this everyday item.  Check out the product details for Dan’s tips on how to floss properly!

We are also stocking their lovely bamboo straws.  We all know that plastic straws are a menace, and it’s great that so many places have ditched plastic straws.  However, alternatives can sometimes be a bit, well, soggy.  We also prefer to reuse where possible and their straws really fit the bill.  In a handy bag of 6, they are easy to take with you and easy to clean. It makes them perfect for passing to the kids when out and about.  Or of course for your favourite cocktail or gin and tonic!