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Ecolnes Refillery in Earls Colne pushes sustainability ethos by helping community to cut down on waste



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A new eco refillery business believes pushing the ethos of sustainable living at a local level will sow the seeds for action on a global scale.

Zero-waste convenience store Ecolnes Refillery enjoyed a bumper first day of trade on Saturday, after an opening event last Friday in the company of local council leaders.

Based in Earls Colne High Street, the shop is stocked with gravity bins containing essentials such as dry foods, toiletries and cleaning products, so people can bring in their own containers or jars to stock up, eliminating packaging waste.

Opening of Ecolnes Refillery in Earls Colne. Pictured from left: Cherry Mckean, co-owner of Ecolnes Refillery; Cllr Sue Wilson, chairman of Braintree District Council; Cllr Gabrielle Spray, ward councillor for The Colnes; and Rachel Sprunt, co-owner of Ecolnes Refillery. Contributed picture. (56166202)
Opening of Ecolnes Refillery in Earls Colne. Pictured from left: Cherry Mckean, co-owner of Ecolnes Refillery; Cllr Sue Wilson, chairman of Braintree District Council; Cllr Gabrielle Spray, ward councillor for The Colnes; and Rachel Sprunt, co-owner of Ecolnes Refillery. Contributed picture. (56166202)

It is the brainchild of Cherry McKean and Rachel Sprunt, who met as members of the Eco Colnes community group on Facebook, where residents can share ideas and tips on cutting emissions and tackling climate change.

Rachel told Suffolk News: “Cherry and I were both shopping at other refill shops, but were having to travel into the middle of Colchester or Chelmsford.

“It seemed as though we were doing the right thing, but we had to drive to get there. We wanted something on our high street.

Opening of Ecolnes Refillery in Earls Colne. Pictured: Braintree District Council chairman Sue Wilson. Contributed picture. (56166204)
Opening of Ecolnes Refillery in Earls Colne. Pictured: Braintree District Council chairman Sue Wilson. Contributed picture. (56166204)

“What we’re trying to do is reduce the amount of waste the goes into landfill, but also recycling, which uses a lot of energy.

“The way the world is, with temperatures rising, something needs to be done. We can’t control emissions from big countries, but we can show our local communities the way.

“If everyone can make a small change, that will make a difference. Eventually, other countries have got to notice, if we show ourselves living in a sustainable way.

“We want to encourage people to live as sustainably as possible, without ramming it down their throat or making it too complicated.”

Rachel emphasised that another key tenet of the shop is sourcing products from sustainable and ethical suppliers.

The store is also planning to launch a kerbside pick-up and drop-off service, as well as community events, such as willow weaving, bicycle repairs and homemade tea brewing.

“We were absolutely overwhelmed on Saturday,” added Rachel. “It was a constant flurry of activity all day, and everyone seems to be really behind it.

“Since lockdown, people seem to want to stay as local as possible. I think one thing lockdown has given us is a desire to keep things local and shop independently. People appreciate what’s around them a bit more.”

Ecolnes Refillery is open five days a week. For more information and opening times, click here.