This idea when implimented from manufacturer to the consumer will drastically reduce plastic foot print in the world and ultimately eradicate the use of small plastic bottles and one off sachets.
The refillable reusable dispenser is a packaging large enough to be sorted out as recyclable plastic, it will be designed in a way that each product packaged in it will be dispenced automatically according to the quantity imputed either in mils, cl, kg and liter.
RRD will be designed to Dispense Liquid and powdered products such as liquid soap, shampoo, sauce, tomato paste, powdered detergent, powdered sugar, powdered milk, etc.
How it works:
Manufacturers will package in bulk, products they were supposed to packags in small plastic bottles and sachets in one refillable reusable dispensers and distribute to grocery stores, supermarkets, restaurants, hotels etc. The refillable dispensers will then be taken back to the factory after the contents of the dispenser has been dispensed to consumers. The dispensers will be washed and reused by the manufacturer to package and distribute again.
This idea also offers manufacturers new line of business of manufacturing customized reusable containers for any product they are dispensing and market it to consumers.
This will reduce the cost of production for the manufacturers, reduce their plastic footprint in the world, open a new line of business and ultimately eradicate small plastic bottles and one off sachets.
A reward system will be put in place to encourage consumers to purchase the products they need from the dispense stations which will also encourage them to reuse their containers for purchases.
The reward system that will mostly appeal to consumers is the buy more pay less. this system will encourage a consumer to reuse their containers if they pay less for refilling. e.g:- if 50ml sells for $1, 500ml will sell for $4 if you refill with reusable container.
There will be a shift in the manufacturing industry whereby manufacturing industries will be encouraged to adopt the RRD method. The next step will be to sensitize these companies on the importance of reducing their plastic footprint by re-packaging with RRD. This will be a disruption to the normal way of packaging. Consumers will also be made aware of the dangers of small plastic containers and one off sachets but first, if the manufacturing companies adopt the idea, consumers are most likely to follow suite.
This idea will also give local persons business opportunity where RRD will be installed in kiosks as dispense stations, this will make it more accessible to the local population ( inspired by Bettina Fliegel). After dispensing, the local station owner either goes to the bigger market to drop the dispenser in exchange for a filled one or the manufacturers picks up the empty dispenser and drops a filled one at the dispense station.
There will also be a change in the society, where end users will have to change their attitude towards shopping, refill instead of buying products in non recyclable packaging.