Refilling plastic bottles with eco cleaning products will help raise funds to assist HIV sufferers
Wandsworth Oasis charity activated their new Eco Turtle cleaning product refill station at one of their South London shops this week. The dispenser works by refilling and reusing plastic bottles destined for landfill with new, eco-friendly cleaning products made by leading green manufacturer Delphis Eco. It was launched by local MP, Jane Ellison, who bought the first refill from the recycling station.
The unique dispenser was developed with a group of eight year old school children at Ashley C of E Primary School, Surrey. The aim was to design a system where their parents could access ecological cleaning products for the home and raise money for the school, whilst helping the environment. Now the dispenser is available as a retail product.
Mark Jankovich, Chief Executive of Delphis Eco, said, “We all need to reuse and recycle much more if we hope to make a difference to the environment. The Eco Turtle refill station give local communities access to great eco friendly cleaning products, at a discount to the high street, where the money stays in the community and the empty bottles are reused and reused.”
Wandsworth Oasis is a charity which has five shops raising money for local people suffering from HIV. The immune system disorder is estimated to affect 1000 people in the London Borough of Wandsworth, which is three times the national average. The onset of AIDS can be delayed with appropriate retroviral drugs. There are thought to be around 90,000 people in London affected by the debilitating condition.
Gill Perkins, CEO of the charity shop chain, said, “Charity shops play an important role in terms of keeping stuff out of landfill. Customers recycle items they no longer need to us to sell in our shops; we recycle as much as we possibly can from the things we cannot sell. We are committed to recycling and reuse, so launching the Eco Turtle makes perfect sense for us – we help protect the environment and raise money for our cause. Our Battersea shop in particular has a lot of regular customers and donors who we are sure will love the idea that they can pick up a very cost effective eco cleaning product at the same time as they pop in for a browse or when they drop off donations.”
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