Sainsbury’s is trialling in-store refills of Ecover’s eco-friendly detergents

Read Time:   |  28th February 2020

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Sainsbury's has partnered with Ecover to open refill stations in selected stores to make refills more accessible for everyone.


In a bid to reduce single-use plastics, Sainbury’s supermarket has teamed up with eco-friendly cleaning product company Ecover to launch refill stations at selected stores.

The dedicated washing-up liquid and laundry detergent refill points could help to save more than a million tonnes of plastic a year as the Ecover bottles can be used up to 50 times according to the supermarket

The refill station is currently being trialled at Sainsbury’s Harringay superstore in north London and, according to The Grocer, will be rolled out in a further 19 stores later this year, depending on customer feedback.

For the time being, customers are able to refill selected products from Ecover’s range, including Ecover’s Non Bio Laundry Liquid 1.5L and its Lemon & Aloe Washing-up Liquid 950ml.

As an added incentive to encourage customers to use the refill stations, customers will receive money off as a reward.


“A small change can make a big difference”

A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “Refillable packaging is just one initiative we plan to trial this year and goes to show how a small change can make a big difference.

“We look forward to hearing feedback from the trial with a view to rolling out more widely across the estate if successful.”

Tom Domen, global head of long-term innovation at Ecover, added: “As manufacturers, we believe we need to totally rethink plastic – how we make it, use it, re-use it and recycle it.

“At Ecover we want to challenge the idea of single-use packaging and our disposable culture. This partnership with Sainsbury’s is an important step in kickstarting a ‘refillution’ in the UK and realising our goal of making refills more accessible for everyone.”

Image credit: Ecover UK/Facebook 

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