Budding Entrepreneurs, buck the trend and expand on to the high street
Updated: Feb 21
Two budding Entrepreneurs today went public with the official launch date of Petersfield’s first plastic-free shop. Laura Hayward and Alice Hooley of social start-up ‘Refill and Replenish’ announced that the successful start-up will establish its first static home at the Folly Market in Dragon Street, Petersfield opening on Saturday 29th February 2020.
“It’s been a whirlwind year for us, we have established our business and brand across Hampshire through attending markets and pitches across the county, it’s exciting that we’ve reached the point when we can realise the next step in our journey and open our first shop” said Laura Hayward, co-founder of Refill and Replenish.
“What started as a passion to help people live a life with less plastic has grown beyond our wildest dreams and 2020 seems to be the year that we will take our business to the next level.”
Refill and Replenish started in late 2017 when Laura Hayward and Alice Hooley, two budding entrepreneurs with similar ideas met through the Startup Disruptors Network and realised that their dream of a world that thinks hard about the plastic that it uses could be better realised by pooling their resources and working together.
Since then they have established a thriving business helping people to source everyday goods with less plastic packaging through a series of markets and pitches in Petersfield, Portsmouth, Southsea, Emsworth, Waterlooville, Southbourne and across the county.
“We’ve helped thousands of people take the first step in reducing their plastic consumption across a range of products from household staples like nuts, pasta and washing liquid, to less obvious areas like switching to more sustainable kitchen scourers and alternatives to clingfilm” said Alice Hooley, co-founder of Refill and Replenish.
“Our core message is simple, and it is at the heart of our brand: reduce the plastic through refilling your old containers to replenish your daily home stores. We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from people who want to take these simple steps, but have felt that options on the high street are either minimal or not in existence.”
“Our meteoric rise has caught the attention of the Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK and we’re delighted to announce that Sally Beken from the UK’s Circular Plastics Network, and Final Straw Solent will be there to cut the ribbon and officially open our first shop.”
Refill and Replenish will open its first store at 09:00 on Saturday 29th February 2020 at the Folly Market in Dragon Street, Petersfield.
Notes to editors:
Refill and Replenish aims to help people live a life with less practice, they are online:
The Startup Disruptors Network is online:
Sally Beken manages the
which strives to find the best outcomes for all sector plastic supply chains moving towards eliminating plastic waste entering the environment.
Final Straw Solent is a social initiative that seeks to work with communities and business to improve ocean health