In March 2019 they opened their first bricks and mortar store in Cedar Square shopping Centre which kicked off with a hiss and a roar. The ‘weigh and pay’, ‘Zero-Waste’ shopping style has been so well received by the public that they have been begging for more and thanks to this amazing response a second store is coming!!!
The Refillery will be opening their second store in Joburg in Morningside Shopping Centre this March 2020. For those of you new to Zero-Waste shopping, at The Refillery you can expect a casual yet stylish, friendly grocer-style feel in a simple, modern, ‘old-school cool’ environment.
“At The Refillery, we don’t judge you for your lifestyle choices – we don’t care whether you’re into a vegan, organic, flexitarian lifestyle, or are a good old ‘meat and potatoes’ South African, as long as you’re prepared to live with less single-use-plastic and less waste. And we can help you do that.” Says Sam
Jozi’s first zero waste grocer, The Refillery, is a culmination of a long-held dream for husband and wife team. Having spent six years working in the yachting industry and opening a hotel in Thailand, the Moletas saw first-hand the impact that single-use-plastic waste has on the oceans and were determined to find a way to make a difference.
With the couples second store opening up just under a year since their launch, their big dreams of becoming a household name are truly becoming a reality. In todays uncertain economic climate, seeing growth like this is such a positive for South Africa and something that South Africans of all ages, races and backgrounds are embracing.
The best way to describe the Refillery’s views on living are best described by Anne-Marie Bonneau [Piononeer chef of the Zero-Waste movement] “We don’t need a handful of people doing Zero-Waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly”.