Filling Good is among the RBWM community groups participating in COPtober and we’ll be sharing more about sustainable and zero waste living from the people at the heart of our cause: our volunteers and members.
COPtober is a month-long campaign launched by the RBWM Climate Community (running from 16 October to 13 November and coinciding with COP26 in Glasgow) to drive climate action amongst local residents. Over the duration of COPtober, Filling Good will be raising awareness around a few topics we’re passionate about. First and foremost, the merit of refilling rather than recycling.
Refill rather than recycle
Recycling is important but currently we’re producing a lot more waste than can be recycled and even recycling has an impact on the environment. Refilling is essentially about creating less waste in the first place and is a critical part of the solution to our waste problem. So wherever possible, we should try refill containers rather than recycle them. During COPtober our volunteers and supporters will show some of the products they’re currently refilling and share some tips for getting into refilling.
CHECK OUT OUR TOP TIPS ON HOW TO REFILL HERE >>>
Local products support the local economy and clock a lot less travel miles, which means less CO2 emissions, the major contributor to climate change. One of the things we love most about local products is the love that goes into them by the people that make them. During COPtober, our volunteers will reveal a few of their favourite products and we’ll introduce you to some of our suppliers.
Choose circular products
At Filling Good we’re also very excited about our growing range of circular products. These are packaged products that are bought in store, consumed at home, and then the empty packaging brought back to store where it’s picked up by the supplier, cleaned and refilled, then restocked on our shelves. This supports the circular economy model where materials are kept in use for as long as possible rather than being replaced or recycled or thrown away.
Try meat alternatives
Agriculture is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions, especially the animal agriculture sector, which produces meat and dairy. Current meat production processes also destroy important natural biomes. So, reducing our animal product consumption is one of the best things we can do to help save our planet. Fortunately, alternative proteins are becoming increasingly popular, and tasty. During COPtober we hope to tempt more people into trying the meat substitutes we stock at Filling Good and inspire veg-centric meals. Our volunteers and members will take us into their own kitchens to share some favourite recipes.