*six-two 35 under 35 changemaker of 2018 - zero waste category
Do you shudder when you think about all the plastic waste that goes to landfill every year, no, every week?! So did Brittney LaGesse, but she couldn’t figure out a solution… so she made her own! Brittney started her own zero-waste refill shop and it’s an actual paradise for eco-friendly shoppers.
Hailing from Boulder, Colorado in the United States, Brittney has been nominated as a six-two 35 under 35 changemaker of 2018 by Celia Ristow, our judge for the zero waste category.
"Brittney saw a need for a refill shop in her home city of Boulder, so she opened one herself." - Celia Ristow
Brittney’s store, Refill Revolution, offers bulk household cleaning and personal care products, DIY supplies, and other zero waste tools for folks looking to live with a lower impact. The bulk refills and reusable products aim to replace single-use disposable products, and all products are sustainably packaged (so no extra trash for landfills!). It’s a one-stop-refill-shop that makes it unbelievably easy for people to throw less trash away. You can bring your own jars or purchase theirs, and shop til you drop. You can even order online and return by prepaid post your jars for refilling!
Refill Revolution is one of the first of its kind in the States, and it’s devotion to refillable, zero waste products has been met with a lot of enthusiasm. Turns out plenty of people felt the way Brittney did about waste! Self described dog lover, Brittney wants to empower and enable people to make a major impact through minor changes.
The definition of reduce is to make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size. I encourage people to reduce their waste; I do not expect anyone to completely eliminate their waste. This is a space to share what you did to reduce your waste, feel good about it, and continue on. There’s no room for negativity here. Nobody is going to judge you for what you didn’t do, & that brings me so much joy. ? If you’re ever in, please sign the board! ?
Besides being a zero-waste supermarket with the lushest products (don’t even get us started on the handmade soaps), Brittney is also passionate about educating the community around the need for a gentler footprint on this earth. Refill Revolution doubles as a hub for workshops and events that offer low-cost (or free) zero waste education to anyone who is interested. From DIY gift workshops to vintage clothing swaps, it’s quickly become a hot spot for socialising and connecting with like-minded people.
Brittney’s store is a great example of how the zero-waste movement can inspire a community and make a positive change. If you want to learn more, go check out Refill Revolution here.
To learn more about the six-two 35 under 35 changemakers of 2018 initiative, and to see who else made our list, head here.