I like this. I had the same idea but wanted to see what others had written first. These days only those things that have a monetary value are really recycled, everything else is discarded. I'm curious to see how this idea develops. Will items have a barcode, or will it be something like RFID?
Holly Wadsworth-Hill As I read through this it sounded similar to me going to the store to buy a refill bottle of dish soup or hand soap now that I use to refill a smaller refill container. I also have the feeling that I might of seen something like your idea at a food coop. But then I wondered, is your idea more so targeted at those that can't afford a bulk refill bottle that can be recycled, but rather the Indian case study? I think if the machine was smart enough to allow friends, family, neighbors, etc., to have a joint account that can cover the distributor's costs, it might work, but otherwise it might be less convenient if you have to remember your refilling bottle every day and can still just purchase a little amount of soap each day. When I first saw your idea headline, I was thinking of solid shampoo distributed from the machine for some reason. That eliminates the need for remembering a bottle. I've just seen on a small scale where shoppers cut off a chunk of goat's milk soap.