Our Story So Far...
Zero Waste Shopping In Dorset
South West Coast Refills is a small business on a big mission to make a positive impact to our environment and community on the Dorset South West Coast.
The SW Coast story began at our own kitchen table, out of frustration at being unable to find local packaging-free produce.
SW Coast started trading as a market stall and pop up shop and then we added the online store selling items to make zero-waste an easy choice. We bring plastic free shopping to Weymouth & Portland.
We want to inspire our neighbours and wider community to make small changes towards a zero-waste lifestyle, learn and grow with us and believe in the difference they can make.
Summer 2019 passed in a bit of a blur of sunny market days, early starts, a HUGE amount of product research and some lovely beach sunsets. We flung ourselves into Autumn determined to find a permanent home (out of the rain!) for our zero waste shop.
We knew we wanted to be in Weymouth as Emma is passionate about seaside town regeneration and Weymouth as a town. We love living here and want to make plastic free shopping more accessible to everyone locally, giving them the choice to decide how they shop.
After a couple of shop premises slipped through the net and we got pipped to the post on more than one occasion, we were dejected and were beginning to wonder if we would have a home by Christmas.
But luck had our backs and proving that all good things come in small sizes, our perfect little shop became available. We signed the lease to 6 Coburg Place on October 18th and November passed in a flurry of sawdust and sanding!
Our shop refit took us around three or so weeks with friends helping out. It still needs work and there will be much to do in January and February but for now, the shop door is open, Zero Waste Weymouth has launched, with customers to serve, and Christmas bells are a-jingling!
So without further ado, raise a reusable cup to the beginning of SW Coast Refills and enjoy our little shop!
Rikki & Emma