SESI Refill UK @sesirefilluk
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We are a social enterprise helping reduce food waste and plastic pollution since 2006. SESI & stockists refill 25,000 bottles/month. Number growing πŸ’šπŸ’™
18 Posts
1k Followers
852 Following
We are a social enterprise helping reduce food waste and plastic pollution since 2006. SESI & stockists refill 25,000 bottles/month. Number growing πŸ’šπŸ’™
Six reasons to refill SESI’s vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable detergents. We: ➑️ Take back the 20L drums from stockists to clean, refill and put back in circulation – without charging stockists for this! πŸ”ƒ ➑️ Use alternative technology at our factory by decanting our [also!] reusable/refillable 1ton IBC containers into 20L and 15L tubs using #gravity rather than electricity! βœ… ➑️ Together 80+ stockists across England, Wales, Jersey and Guernsey refill well over 50,000 plastic bottles a month. These are shops, cooperatives, charities, farmers markets πŸ‘Š ➑️ Source our energy from BULB (100% renewable electricity from solar, wind and hydro) β˜€οΈπŸ’¨πŸ’¦ ➑️ Have been campaigning for 13 yrs to reduce plastic pollution and food waste, running a weekly Pop Up Shop at our local cooperative East Oxford Farmers Market, filling people’s own containers with ethical wholefoods and households βš–οΈ 🚰🧴 ➑️ Are a workers partnership, social enterprise putting planet before profit - not a 'perfect' eco-marketing narrative but a journey in constant transition πŸ› οΈ 🀝 #socialenterprise #zerowaste #ditchsingleuseplastic #plasticpollution #doitfordavid #sustainable #ethical #ecodetergents #vegan #crueltyfree #biodegradable #reduce #reuse #refill #indieshops #indiebiz #cornershop #zerowasteshop #zerowasteshopping #cooperative #charityshops #farmersmarkets #popupshops
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When everything goes wrong - true story πŸ”Έ Your brand new (expensive) pallet stacker breaks down but your kind neighbour agrees to do the palleting for you (at a modest pay) until you have your machine repaired, rent another one and buy another one for back up. πŸ”Έ Freight lets you down twice and tell you at the last minute, making us work around the clock to be able to get some things done. πŸ”Έ Your IBCs arrive so late (and in the wrong order of priority) that its domino effect is felt two weeks later. Can't blame anyone, these things happen in the world of humans. The worse part? Letting others down due to the domino effect 😒 πŸ”Έ When at the end of a surreal bad day, you lock yourselves out of @simplygreenzw 😱πŸ€ͺπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚ It all ended well though, and we had a little laugh after all! Bethan, that was fun, haha! πŸ”Έ You manage to get to an important wedding for at least an hour and friends and family tell you "welcome home" - Thanks family and community, where would we be without you? ❀ 🌧️🌧️🌧️🌦️🌧️🌧️🌧️🌦️🌧️🌧️🌧️ πŸŒ₯οΈπŸŒ§οΈβ›…οΈπŸŒ§οΈπŸŒ€οΈβ˜€οΈ BACK IN MARCH when the estate agent handed the keys to the new premises, we knew it would be a tricky dance to πŸ”Έ Run SESI from the old place while doing installations from scratch with as much reclaimed material and furniture as possible. Then move out and move in (2 mega different processes!). πŸ”Έ With only a few sockets, needed an electrician to run total new installations βŒ›οΈ πŸ”Έ No telephone line or internet. 5 kind and helpful technicians have been and haven't found connections here. We are tethering our laptops to our mobile phones but connection is slower that way #patience πŸ”Έ Your 12 years Apple laptop finally gives up!!! Universe, what else have you got for us?! New laptop OK but installations can be so slooowww πŸ“ Having spent months looking for the right premises (5 minutes driving or 15 cycling) and then 6 months finalising an agreement with the help of a solicitor [we've a story about a bad one and a briliant one for another time] we thought, this is it, now everything will be straight forward πŸ™ƒ 🀣 Feel the humility of pain, laugh, cry, hug someone and remember that all storms pass πŸŒ€οΈβ˜€οΈπŸŒˆπŸŒ™βœ¨ #ethical #journey
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And TeX - Textiles with a difference says "can do" That's the spirit! And there is more collaboration with cutting edge renewable/alternative technology in the near horizon #sus#sustainability #solidarityeconomy #returnable #reclaim #reduce #reuse #deliveries #pallets #netting #alternativetechnology #innovation #greeneconomy #greenjobs #circular #sustainability #journey #wastenotwantnot #britishmanufactoring #ethical #cornish #cornwallrocks
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Good morning! 🌀 The sun is shining, waking up our dreams. The heart is walking in the air while our minds stay grounded, rooted, connected. This has been both a horrible and a blessing week. ➑️ The horrible part πŸ˜” We have been let down by a very entangled delivery chain with a very unpleasant domino effect, regardless of the dedication we put into completing our targets and plan B's. Situations like this can make us feel sad and ashamed, because you have to write dreaded emails, make embarrassing phone calls, embrace humility to levels hard to describe when everything goes wrong, and making sure you don't take your stress on other people, especially the people you love and love you too, the ones closest to you in good and bad times. Doing things the best way for our planet is indeed the hardest way, it calls for a poem, a story, a song... βœοΈπŸ“™ 🎼 Thank you all for bearing with us πŸ™ Next week, deliveries will be guaranteed weekly and reliably. ➑️ The blessing part? What can go well is moving us forward. 1- Installation of shelves. 2- Removal of material and equipment from one our old address to the new venue 65% there . 3- Today we receive our first ever 1ton containers of liquid detergents!!! πŸ™‚ 10 returnable IBC, each containing 1000 litres of detergents which the team will empty into 20L reusable drums, the very ones we reclaim each time we deliver to our wonderful stockists. None of this little steps would happen without your support, the directors 16 hours daily work, the solid commitment of our brilliant, loyal team and the unconditional love and hard work from our family, the Godden Melendez. What a powerful jigsaw you are. #dreams #lighattheendofthetunnel #community #action #love #natural #planet #earth #care #reduce #reuse #refill #reclaim #repair #upcycle #learn #lessons #thereisnoplanetb #independentshops #charities #cooperatives #farmersmarkets #buyersgroups #poupshops #inspiration #bethechange #circular #closetheloop #video #story
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12 THOUSAND BOTTLES REFILLED A MONTH BY US ALL! "We are not perfect, we are transparent" Read on below... πŸ‘£ Our detergents are vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable. Our formulas are designed in collaboration with a British, long established father and son enterprise, they make our products since 2013. SESI decides what ingredients we don't want in our formulas. If you have any concern, get in touch πŸ‘£ We are generous in sharing information with our production team who are also constantly learning in this area, and who are brutally honest with the truth - they are scientists, not marketeers πŸ‘£ We work not as a franchise but as a network. We can only aspire to become a relevant piece in your community jigsaw, while you're helping the revival of local shops and your high streets, to re-bust your local economy, to be part of something you are building to help reduce plastic pollution and food waste whilst making a living ❀️ πŸ‘£ We are not perfect, we are transparent. Our products are made with a blend of 90% coconut oil with the other <1% to <10% being RSPO Palm Oil. Our understanding so far is that nowadays most Palm Oil is coming from Africa, but this is a murky area which we dare not be too sure about, as we are not just interested in the answers but also in the constant questions! πŸ‘£ We learn from those with doctorates in chemistry, we listen and learn from YOU (our supportive, brilliant customers) and we dedicate time and effort to research, learning from NGO's and other unbiased, not for profit materials - thanks bloggers πŸ™‚ πŸ™ πŸ‘£ We don't presume to know it all. A social and environmental enterprise, our motivation is not to join the rich upper classes, so we are free (unchained) to pursue the kind of dreams money can't buy... Dreams that communities + sustainable trade will reverse climate breakdown. Hence being members of CAGs (67 community action groups working to reverse climate breakdown and promote community cohesion) πŸ’šπŸ’™ πŸ‘£ From this initiative which started in the shed of our primary school in 2006... 1- A not for profit Pop Up Shop 2- A wholesaler of sustainable detergents... Thank you for sharing this journey ✨
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DYK East Oxford Farmers Market is a βœ… community lead farmers market run by volunteers βœ… cooperative. Traders and customers are members βœ… mostly plastic free and affordable ➑️ join the mail list for info on repair stalls πŸ”ƒ BYO containers&#refill ethical whole-foods+detergents @SESIOxford #popupshop #plasticfree #farmersmarkets #independentshops #cooperatives #foodjustice #buyersgroups #organic #fairtrade #local #wholefoods #vegan #crueltyfree #biodegradable #detergents #oxford #communities #inclusion #cohesion #health #natural #affordable #reduce #reuse #refill #repurpose #repair #culture #uk #goals
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Fantastic workshop organised by CAGs family within the umbrella of Resource Futures, and the Eden Project! All attendees had so much to share and we at SESI πŸ‘£ Learned about other projects starting up and others now thriving πŸ‘£ Shared a bit about the work SESI and other CAGs in Oxfordshire are doing together to help prevent single plastic pollution. We briefly mentioned the work we do with 72 stockists across England, Wales and Jersey πŸ‘£ Made new connections. As we prepare to design innovative and circular concepts for our pallet delivery service, we met (among interesting projects) the brilliant TeX With Benefits who may be able to help! We'll keep you updated πŸ™‚ πŸ‘£ Burned Out! No we didn’t, that’s the name of an excellent session they run in the afternoon. We recommend it to everyone involved in direct climate action and community cohesion. HUGE THANKS to: ➑️ Dr Kerry Lock for doing most of the preparation for our session. Thanks goodness she is jolly well organised because with all the new (incredibly good) changes of late at SESI HQ, we have been playing catch up ➑️ The organisers coming together to collaborate and facilitate a well attended, brilliant workshop! CAG Devon Community Action Groups - CAG Oxfordshire Eden Project Communities Resource Futures ➑️ We were invited to visit some initiatives down in Cornwall and we did on Sunday, but we will tell you all about it in separate posts! We hope you all had a lovely weekend and you're ready for more inspirational action this week! Many thanks if you made it this far with the reading β˜ΊοΈπŸ™ Cultivate Cornwall Tiverton Area Communities Transition Repair Cafe Tiverton Exeter Repair Cafe and more! #workshop #Oxford #Devon #Cornwall #action #community #communitycohesion #communitydevelopment #climatechange #climatebreakdown #climateaction #plastic #singleuseplastic #zerowaste #notforprofit #projects #socialenterprise #bethechange #networking #connecting #skills #skillshare #transition #peoplepowered #realfood #imagine #reduce #reuse #refill #resilience
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Nope 🧐 ➑️ Neither do our products contain: Parabens, Chlorine Bleaches, Optical Brightener, Thiazolinones, Sulphites, Methylisothiazolinone (CMIT), Gluten, Alcohol, SLS, ALS, ALES and Phosphates, Nonylphenol or Ethoxylate, ➑️ Do we need a fancy website to tell you this? We probably do but we'd rather allocate the money on things we value the most. Many of us were hypnotised into becoming visual consumers rather than conscious shoppers, so we would need to think how we can develop a website that communicates with you rather than *sells* to you. ➑️ Our priority is to develop formulas that are vegan, cruelty free and biodegradable; we put the money where our mouth is. ➑️ We can't afford a web developer. We don't pay marketeers and we also don't feel the need to. Thankfully, our customers don't need to pay SESI unaffordable prices for us to reassure you that SESI decides on and co-design formulas which contain no nasties. ➑️ We like learning, updating ourselves and keep our ingredients on check. Our excellent production team goes way and above to ensure our formulas are what they say on the label, and they are ruthlessly frank with the science and with the difficulties obtaining our expensive, beautiful ingredients!!! ➑️ With us you don't get *dash and flash* marketing. We work with you, the public. With SESI you get what you deserve: beautiful and harmless products, affordability, transparency, direct contact with us if you have any concerns, refillability to the best circular model you can find right now in the UK and a rare economic model based on community strength rather than personal greed. The choice is yours and we thank you when you choose us ❀ #UK #detergents #vegan #crueltyfree #biodegradable #affodable #tra#transparency #teamwork #ethical #sustainable #behindthelabel #circular #naturefriendly #ecofriendly #trust #socialenterprise #thereisnoplanetb #bethechange #harmless #transparency #community #buylocal #indieshops #popupshops #farmersmarkets #cooperative #buyersgroups #studentgroups
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