Description and review of Refill Madness – a shop located on 29th Street in Midtown Sacramento that helps customers reduce their waste footprint.
I had been meaning to stop by Refill Madness since it opened to check it out, so I recently made a point of dropping in prior to picking up a few items at the Sacramento Foods Co-Op. Refill Madness is located around the corner from Revolution Wines and nearby the Sacramento Foods Co-Op.
What exactly is Refill Madness? In a nutshell, the business caters to individuals who want to live a zero or low waste lifestyle. You enter the store with your clean container, and have it refilled with eco-friendly options of things you use every day.
I can’t say I aspire to a zero waste lifestyle – but I would certainly like to work on lessening my waste footprint. Some statistics from the Refill Madness website relating to plastic:
- It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade
- The average American throws away about 185 pounds of plastic a year
The first thing I noticed upon entering was how good the front room smelled. The front room of the two-room business is filled with a variety of personal care items such as soaps, lotions, shampoo and conditioners – among other things.
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I was greeted upon entering, and a young woman explained how things worked and invited me to look around and ask any questions I might have. It was very interesting to browse around the two rooms that make up the shop.
I did not have with me any containers to (re)fill, but she mentioned that there was a bin of empty containers donated by others for my use if there was something I wanted to purchase then and there. Items available for purchase are sold by the ounce.
In addition to personal care items, Refill Madness has a wide variety of household products – everything from automatic dishwasher and laundry detergents, all purpose and window cleaners, furniture polish, etc.
After my visit I checked out the Refill Madness website, and I was very interested to learn that it is also a drop off center for: worn, unusable athletic shoes; wine corks; eye glasses; sunglasses; and, mascara wands. I am going to start saving my wine corks!
The Refill Madness website also notes other businesses that sell products by the ounce i.e. The Allspicery, Sacramento Natural Foods Co-Op, and the bulk bin section of your local grocery store.
I plan to return to Refill Maddness to try a few of the products offered. Additionally, I plan to take in some clean containers to add to their container bin – instead of tossing them into the recycling bin.
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Refill Madness Snapshot:
- 1828 29th Street, Sacramento, CA 95816
- (916) 382-4823
- Hours: Closed Monday and all Major Holidays; Tuesday-Saturday (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.); Sunday (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
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