We already know that we’re using too much plastic. In 2018, the UK generated 34.21kg per person of plastic packaging waste. More than almost any other country in the world – only the US is worse. And if things carry on as they are, the amount of plastic waste produced around the world is set to double by 2040.

Recycling is not the answer

We have often thought that recycling is the answer to our plastic packaging waste (one of the 3Rs right?). In West Sussex, kerbside collections have a recycling rate 53% (well above the national average of 44%). However, there are many types of plastics that can’t be recycled or can only be recycled once before they are no longer fit-for-purpose. Even products like plastic refill pouches have a finite life and are difficult to recycle. So, finding an alternative to using plastic is a better solution. Reducing our usage of plastic packaging means less waste and no packaging at all. But if this isn’t possible, why not try refilling old containers?

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Alternative to the Plastic Problem

In a recent survey by Refill:

  • 92% of UK adults said they were concerned about plastic pollution.
  • In a bid to reduce plastic pollution, 78% said they have taken steps to reduce their use of single-use plastics.
  • 81% of UK adults said they want the UK government make refillable products easier to buy and more widely available.

Making changes to remove the packaging from purchases will help to reduce waste problem.

Making changes to reduce packaging

  • City to Sea have been running an award-winning campaign to fight plastic pollution. They have an excellent website  where you can find your local refill shops for coffee refills, free water refills and zero waste shops. They also have an app that you can download and use on the go.
  • Start small. Make just one or two changes at a time and build up bit by bit.
  • Go collapsible. Invest in a collapsible water bottle or coffee cup, they’re easier to fit in your bag and you’re less likely to forget them.
  • Use a refill service. More and more refill shops are popping up in Sussex.
  • Go naked. Choose unwrapped options when shopping for fruit and veg.
  • Plan ahead. It may take some planning as using refills often means buying in bulk…but there are savings to be had.
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Refill Shop at Sussex Green Hub

Our monthly refill shop with household products can save you money.

We offer a personal and household cleaning product bottle refill service at the Sussex Green Hub on the last Saturday of every month.

Bring your empty bottle and we fill it, you just pay for the liquid, it’s simple as that!

Refill coming to supermarkets

  • Some supermarkets are trialing refill schemes as there also seek to reduce packaging waste across many products.
  • Loop is a company working with many brands across the UK to create suitable refill products. For example, Herbal Essences shampoo in aluminium metal refillable containers. They are also working with supermarkets and retailers to provide the refill service instore.
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Refill and Zero Waste Shops

Did you know we have a number of refill stores in Horsham District?

Each of the following local businesses sell some refillable products in order to spread the zero waste message:

In Horsham

  • Fairkind Child 26 Piries Place, Horsham, RH12 1EH – household and personal hygiene bottle refill.
  • Horsham Community Fridge Pop-Up at St Andrew’s Church, Crawley Road, Roffey RH12 4DX – 1st Saturday of the month 10am-10.45am. Bring your bottles and fill up on anti-bac cleaner, washing up liquid, non-bio laundry liquid, toilet cleaner and white vinegar. All priced per 100g. Soap bars, eco eggs for the washing machine and bamboo toothbrushes. Bring cash please and any empty bottles to donate.
  • The Natural Way  39 Carfax, Horsham, RH12 1EQ – household and personal hygiene bottle refill
  • Plastic Free Refills Horsham market stall on Thursdays and Saturdays – household and personal hygiene bottle refills with Miniml: environmentally friendly, vegan & ethically sourced plastic-free products for your home. For information on products and other pop-up locations click here.
  • Sussex Green Hub United Reformed Church, 45 Springfield Road, RH12 1PT – Last Saturday of the month 10am-2.30pm. Household cleaning and personal hygiene refills.
  • Town and Country Weigh, 7 East Street, Horsham, RH12 1HL – food refills open 9.15am – 4.30pm Tuesday – Saturday. Independent, local provider of a wide range of products. As the name suggests customers can bring own containers if they prefer and buy amount required (weighed at till). Wide range of refills include; rice, flours, cereals, dried fruits, lentils/pulses, nuts and chocolate buttons. Also stocks local honey, pasta, noodles, soy sauces, chilli sauces, herbs and spices, sea salt, jams, cooking oils, wild bird food and duck food.

In Horsham District

  • Amberley Eco Hub, St Michael’s Church Hall, Church Street, Amberley, BN18 9ND – Household and personal hygiene bottle refills – 4th Saturday of the month 10- 12 noon.
  • Arun Valley Pharmacy Station Road, Billingshurst, RH14 9SE – household and personal hygiene bottle refill
  • Austen’s 48-52 High Street, Billingshurst – household cleaning product bottle refill only Ecover.
  • Beneficial Health 48 Lower Street, Pulborough, RH20 2BW – household and personal hygiene bottle refills …Faith in Nature: Shampoo, Conditioner, Bodywash and handwash and Ecover laundry liquid, washing up liquid and fabric conditioner. Ecover laundry liquid  1.5L is normally £11 for a new bottle but for a refill it’s £8.80. Ecover Washing up liquid new £3.10 per litre and refill is £2.50.
  • Bluecoat Sports, Health and Fitness Club Christ’s Hospital, Horsham RH13 0YBComing Soon – Household and personal hygiene refills
  • Budgens 88 High Street, Steyning, BN44 3RD – some dried foods eg nuts.
  • Chanctonbury Leisure Centre  Spierbridge Road, Storrington, Pulborough RH20 4BG – personal hygiene and household cleaning product bottle refills – Thur 5-10pm & Fri 8am – 2pm.
  • Cornerweighs Elm Lodge, Caudle Street, Henfield, BN5 9DQ – large selection of refillable dried food and household products – bring in any container.
  • Green & Healthy 70 High Street, Steyning, BN44 3RD – Faith in Nature personal hygiene and some household cleaning product bottle refills.
  • Shipley Community Hub, The Andrew Hall, Shipley RH13 8PH – Household and personal hygiene product bottle refills and other zero waste products. 1st Tuesday of the month

  • Steyning Store and Post Office 44 High St, Steyning BN44 3NA – laundry and cleaning product bottle refill
  • The Greenhouse at Stane Street, Stane Street Nurseries, Codmore Hill, Pulborough, RH20 1BQ – household and personal hygiene bottle refill, dry food and oils refills.
  • West Chiltington Post Office, RH20 2JW – household cleaning products bottle refill only Ecoleaf.

Arun District

Eco Swap 1 Sussex Place, High Street, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO21 1EG

Gaskyns Wholefoods 6 Queen Street, Arundel BN18 9JG.  Personal hygiene and household cleaning product refill

Adur District

Best Health Food Shop 33 East Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5ZD

Maxi’s Naked Food 8 High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5DA.  Wide selection of dried foods – pulses, nuts, seeds, pasta, dried fruit. Wide selection of household cleaning and beauty products. Refillable olive oils and vinegars

Chichester District

Refilled Chichester 30 North Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1LX

Chichester District – lots of refill services listed on EcoChi’s website here.

Down to Earth 8 West Street, Midhurst GU29 9NQ. Food & bottle refills inc. Ecover, Bio D and Faith in Nature

Mid Sussex District

Cloughs Deli 27 Sunte Avenue, Lindfield, Haywards Heath offer a wide range of packaging free and refills products

Rushfield Garden Centre Henfield Road, Poynings, BN45 7AY  -Fill soaps, gels, lotions etc, pasta, beans and pulses and “who gives a crap” toilet paper

Worthing District

Best Health Food Shop 27 Broadwater Street West, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9BT

HISBE 38-42 Portland Road, Worthing BN11 1QN – Good selection of dried foods – pulses, nuts, seeds, pasta, herbs and spices. Wide selection of household cleaning and beauty products. Refillable olive and rapeseed oils.

Rassasy 50 Ferring Street, Ferring, West Sussex, BN12 5JP

East Sussex

Buy the Weigh 28 High Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS

Harriets of Hove 48 Blatchington Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 3YH

Simply Weigh 2b St Mary’s Walk, Hailsham, BN27 1AF


For Earth’s Sake Cranleigh, Surrey, ​GU6 8AU they refill bottles with nearly everything. Take your own containers for dried food i.e oats, flour, sugar, herbs etc.

New Leaf Zero Waste Reigate, Surrey, RH2 8BB. Plastic free shopping for household products and food cupboard essentials.

The Little Pet Shop Bramley – Bramley, Surrey, GU5 0HB. Zero waste pet shop


Aylings Garden Centre Trotton – Rogate, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 5ES. Food zero waste range.

Zero Waste Shops online

  • Milk & More milk delivery has a zero waste service. They now offer refills for cereal, rice, pasta, coffee and tea delivered to your door with your milk delivery.
  • Good Club deliver household and food staples direct to your door in refillable, returnable packaging. The service professes refills without the premium price tag and a carbon neutral next day delivery.