Consumers refill a reusable container at home with refills that are either delivered to the door (e.g., through a subscription service) or bought in a shop. Consumers retain ownership of the main packaging and are responsible for cleaning it. Refill-at-home can work in both traditional and online retail (3).
Note: High in this instance implies the solution is highly applicable to the plastic type. Medium indicates potential to apply this solution to the relevant plastic type in some cases, but there are obstacles. Low implies major barriers and, generally speaking, this solution cannot be used in conjunction with the plastic type.
Many examples of successful reuse programs for plastic packaging are currently from outside the U.S. However, more U.S. case studies are emerging and will be included in the future. The following are used for general information and illustrative purposes and do not reflect a preference of or an endorsement by The Recycling Partnership or our affiliates or vendors.
(1) Closed Loop Partners, IDEO: Bringing Reusable Packaging Systems to Life. Lessons Learned from Testing Reusable Cups. (Link)
(2) Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Reuse. Rethinking Packaging. (Link)
(3) Ellen MacArthur Foundation: Upstream Innovation. A guide to packaging solutions. (Link)
(4) Zero Waste Europe & Reloop: Reusable vs single-use packaging. (Link)
(5) Method Appendix [Link]