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Re-Imagining the Re-Filling Station

Let's redesign the global network of petroleum filling stations to allow us to refill reusable household bottles and containers.

Photo of Lorne Mitchell
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With the increasing manufacturing and use of electric vehicles, petroleum pumps and filling stations will need to be redesigned as charging stations.  With this new green consciousness, let's also redesign the place to become a Refilling Station for household containers for normal household products that are otherwise distributed 

Idea Title

Redesigning the Refilling Station

Company / Organization Name

Objective Designers


Where are you / your team located?


How does this Idea redesign unrecyclable small format plastic items that often end up as waste?

This idea allows for the redesigning of

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

Applies to all cases.

In what geographical context or area does your Idea plan to operate / solve?

This idea could be rolled out globally and would target travellers who are in cars, vans and trucks.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

The idea would scale by creating partnerships with petroleum companies and retail outlets interested in serving filling stations.

At what stage of development is your Idea?

  • Research & Early Testing: You are exploring an idea, gathering inspiration and information needed to test it with real users.

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea and working with the Think Beyond Plastics Accelerator Program will help to accelerate your solution.

To become a top idea, we will need access to top retail outlets (such as supermarket chains). The Filling Station idea would also be attractive to petroleum companies that want to get extra rent from their properties by serving the public with convenience stores for refilling household containers and gaining CSR credibility.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

Working on the idea with JP de Mussey, we have been playing with the idea of

Tell us about your work experience

I am a business designer and my agency, Objective Designers has done extensive research into the Circular Economy and how to make small changes to change consumer habits on rubbish disposal.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

We are a limited company based in the UK.
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Photo of Kate Rushton

Hi Lorne!Interesting idea! What would be the next steps in developing this idea?

You might want to check out Refill Depot for a few ideas.

Photo of Colleen Brennan-Vandersteen

Thank you Kate Rushton excellent referral!  @Lorne Mitchell, great concept/idea, you are on a similar track as Refill Depot - patent high volume dispensing system, our market is selling the dispensing system to Gas Refill Stations for automotive and other products.  If you are interested, please consider collaborating ideas in this challenge?   Thanks again, Colleen

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