RISC opens Global Refills shop

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 our 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 one hundred varieties of bulk food and household products, as well as beer, cider and wine, and fresh fruit, vegetables, and bread. All of our 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.

The new shop is open 10am-6pm Tuesday-Sunday at 35-39 London Street, Reading RG1 4PS.

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