New Global Refills zero waste shop opens

Reading International Solidarity Centre (RISC) is pleased to announce the opening of Global Refills, Reading town centre’s first zero waste shop. Global Refills comes as a response to their concern over the excess plastic being used during the Covid crisis, and its impact on the environment.

The team at RISC has steadily been working to repurpose the back of the Global Café for this venture, using reclaimed wood wherever possible. The opening of the shop coincides with the reopening of the Global Café, which has been closed for six months due to the pandemic.

Global Refills will stock over 100 varieties of bulk food and household products, as well as beer, cider, wine, fresh fruit, vegetables and bread. All of the products are organic, fair trade, or local. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to help reduce packaging waste.

The product range will complement the fair trade goods available in the World Shop next door. The aim is to provide a full weekly shopping experience to customers searching for an ethical alternative to the high street. Colin Date, a RISC trustee, said:

The RISC café and shop have been providing fair trade, ethical and sustainable goods for over 30 years to Reading’s community. We are excited to be offering plastic free products to help address the concerns we all feel over the excess use of plastic and the devastating impacts it has on our oceans in particular.

Global Refills is a welcome addition to the RISC family, which includes the Development Education Team, public events, The Permaculture Roof Garden, Food4Families, The World Shop, Meeting Rooms, Offices, and the Global Café and Kitchen.

Further information
  • Global Refills opens on 1 October 2020.
  • Global Refills opening hours: 10am-6pm Tuesday–Sunday.
  • Location: 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS.
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  • For further info and press enquires email or phone 0118 958 6692.