Two Fantastic Container Reuse Green Business Ideas

The Soap Dispensary - green business ideaIt was a sad day when the Body Shop stopped serving up personal care products in refillable containers, but thankfully this green business idea is still alive and well, only with different applications. We’ve got two green business ideas that are greening-up consumer goods by taking the disposables out of the equation.

The Soap Dispensary’s Refillable Service for Green Cleaning Products

Yet another new Canadian company, The Soap Dispensary from Vancouver, BC, discourages the consumption of packaging waste by offering highly concentrated natural cleaning product packets that you can dilute at home. The cleaning products, which are biodegradable and gentle for children, pets, and people with allergies, include everything from fabric softeners to stain removers, laundry detergents to non-chlorine whitener, and shampoos to bubble baths.

Though the company also sells reusable containers (plastic or glass), you can repurpose old containers you already own for use with The Soap Dispensary products. The store also hosts workshops on candle making and more.

Fontaine Naya - green business ideaFontaine Naya Refillable Service for Water Bottles at Outdoor Events

Small green business, Fontaine Naya, helped diminish one of the biggest festival wastes this past summer when it offered a water bottle refilling service for the Montreal International Jazz Festival in Quebec. The festival, which has been working toward carbon neutrality for a couple of years now, added this service to the event’s offerings to boost its green efforts.

The refill service allowed festival goers to fill their water bottles for $1.50 for every 500 mL of natural spring water. Though this is still much more expensive than packing your own bottles of tap water into the festival, it seems comparable (if not cheaper) than purchasing a prefilled, disposable bottle, and cuts out the waste. This initiative is in addition to the company’s recent launch of a plastic bottle made of 100% recycled plastic.

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Maryruth Belsey Priebe

Maryruth has been seeking the keys to environmental justice - both at home and at work - for over a decade. Growing up adjacent to wild spaces, Maryruth developed a healthy respect (and whimsical appreciation) for things non-human, but her practical mind constantly draws her down to earth to ponder tangible solutions to complex eco-problems.

With interests that range from green living to green business, sustainable building designs to organic gardening practices, ecosystem restoration to environmental health, Maryruth has been exploring and writing about earth-matters for most of her life. Of special interest is the subject of ecopsychology and the role the natural world plays in the long-term health and well-being of humanity. You can learn more about Maryruth's work at

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