The vital war on waste has inspired another eco-conscious new venture: Vessel Nundah, a skincare, toiletries and cleaning product retailer that doesn't sell its products in disposable packaging. Instead, customers looking to stock up on cleansers, moisturisers, dishwashing liquid, soap and more can bring their own clean, dry, reusable plastic containers, then fill them up with their products of choice.
The brainchild of Nundah resident Marion Glover, the store came about as part of Glover's attempt to cut down on plastic within her own home. "I wanted to be able to shop for my daily-use items without the new plastic bottle each time," she explains — and with nowhere in Brisbane fulfilling her needs, Vessel Nundah was born.
Opening its doors on Sunday, June 17 — then operating from 10am–6pm Monday to Thursday and 8am–12pm on Sundays — the store sells shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and hand soap among its skincare range; dishwashing liquid, laundry liquid, multipurpose spray and glass cleaner for those looking to give their house a clean; and even car wash and wax. Glover sources her products from the likes of Perfect Potion and Bushby Cleaning Products, supporting local southeast Queensland brands and further reducing the shop's environmental impact.
"It's a way to take immediate action on plastic reduction without relying on recycling, or for governments and companies to take action first," Glover expands.
For those that don't yet have their own supply of containers, shoppers can also purchase reusable vessels in store.
Find Vessel Nundah at 7 Nundah Street, Nundah, or visit the store's website or Facebook page for further details.