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Refillable Reusable dispenser (RRD)

Refillable reusable dispenser is a packaging and delivery system that will reduce plastic footprint from manufacturers to consumers.

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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. 

Idea Title

Refillable, Reusable Dispenser (RRD)

Company / Organization Name

Diamond Elixir Enterprises

Where are you / your team located?


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

The contents of 1,000 small plastic bottles and sachets are packaged in a Refillable reusable dispensers and the dispenser can be reused 4 times or more, reducing 5000 small plastic bottles and sachets into one refillable reusable dispenser plus the dispenser can be recycled. If a dispenser is stationed in 50 stores in one state, dispensing one product, that will be 1000 small plastic bottles/sachets × 50 =50,000 × 4 =200,000 small plastic bottles and sachet footprint removed

Which use cases does your Idea apply to?

It relates to the Use cases in case 1 "single-use sachet for liquid consumer products."

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

My idea can be replicated anywhere in the world, but the plan is to start up in Nigeria which is in West Africa.

How do you envision scaling up your Idea?

First, we introduce the refillable reusable dispensers (RRD) to manufacturers, explain the benefits of using them for packaging as it will cut cost of production and reduce their plastic footprint. When the manufacturer buys the idea of packaging with RRD, introducing it to the market becomes easier. Getting consumers to change to refilling can be challenging but most manufacturing companies have loyal customers who will patronize the dispense stations if a reward system is attached refilling.

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.

Becoming a top idea and getting the opportunity to work with the new plastic economy accelerator programe will help my idea take the next leap which includes designing the RRD with the above mentioned specifications, build my experience and capacity and also access to funding. Success will be defined as when 5 out of the top manufacturing companies adopt the Refillable reusable dispensers as the packaging method for at least one of their products.

Please describe from where your Idea emerged

This idea emerged from personal observation and research. The vending machine was an inspiration for me to come up with the Refillable reusable dispensers RRD.

Tell us about your work experience

I am a social entrepreneur and a computer science graduate. Am the chief executive officer of Diamond Elixir Enterprises, a powdered detergent manufacturing company.

Please describe your legal and organizational structure

Diamond Elixir Enterprises is registered under Corporate Affairs Commission CAC Nigeria.


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