Refill/Reuse/Recycle

Sound Bites is committed to reducing waste. Here are some of the things we do to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Refill Scheme Sound Bites has always refilled some bottles of household cleaning products as a matter of principle. From July 2011, we took big step forward by deciding to sell solely refilled Bio-D laundry liquid and fabric softener bottles.

We currently have the facilities to offer refills on our:

  • Washing up liquid
  • Laundry liquid
  • Fabric softener
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Hand wash

We buy stock in 25L drums rather than lots of 1 litres. It’s cheaper for all of us; it saves lots of packaging, and it requires less transport (fewer “cleaning miles”). You will now find all products on the shelves in the household section of the shop. Even better, Bio D took a massive leap in 2018 to begin making ALL of their bottles from totally recycled plastic too! Please help us by returning empty bottles when you’re done with them 🙂

Scoop & Weigh Due to the limited size of our shop and concerns about cross-contamination and allergens, we offer limited scoop and weigh options. You can find both loose porridge oats and muesli in big, red tubs in the middle of the shop. We encourage customers to bring in their own containers to limit single use packaging.

Biodegradable Packaging Sound Bites packs down the majority of the wholefoods we sell as well as some of our cakes, flapjacks and pasties. We use biodegradable cellophane packaging for this. We also use paper pots for the salads and soups sold at the deli counter and the forks and spoons are made from plant cellulose!

Cardboard The bulk of the waste that Sound Bites generates is cardboard (approximately 4 times the quantity of general waste). Some boxes are reused for our home delivery scheme and what we can’t reuse is kindly taken for a local allotment project for composting and for laying on pathways or crop rotation disused areas. This is also currently where our food composting ends up.

Plastic Bags We have never bought new plastic bags to give away in the shop. We encourage customers to bring their own shopping bag from home. But if you forget, there are several options for sale: sturdy paper bags for 20p, or beautiful colourful jute bags for £2.75/£3.25. Obviously supermarkets now charge for their plastic bags too, so the best bet will always be a back pack 🙂

Further Information You may be interested to know that there is a brown bin at Raynesway for battery recycling and you can take aluminium foil there too!