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  • Linda Burton

Shop plastic free and local

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

Whilst walking through the tree lined streets of my home village Birsfelden in Switzerland, a new little shop caught my eye: “Füllstelle 4127” meaning “Filling Station” is based on the idea to bring your own containers to the store and fill them up. This concept eliminates plastic packaging, food waste and supports local businesses and farmers but there is more…

Shop owner Désirée Jaun offers plastic free and eco friendly products for everyday life such as reusable bamboo kitchen roll and vegan toothpaste in glass jars. There are also a wide range of local and regional foods such as eggs, different kinds of nuts, flours, sugars and home-made produce like jams, sauces, sirups to purchase.

Environmental protection has always been very important to Désirée who is actively engaged in local and regional politics; however implementation takes a while. Désirée felt she wanted to be close with people and do something proactively. “I always had a dream of owning my own little refill shop. When I saw this shop space for rent last year, I knew it was my now or never opportunity to make my dream come true”, she recounts proudly. With the help and support of her family she took on the project and within 6 months “Füllstelle 4127” opened its doors.

“I have customers from all age groups, some shop regularly while others visit sporadically. The feedback has been very good which fills me with joy and makes me happy”. Désirée has also been approached by customers to support their home-made produce by selling them in her little shop, this in return creates a platform of opportunities and interaction.

It’s been a real pleasure to meet Désirée and it’s a satisfaction to know that whilst shopping here one supports the locals and contributes to a greener environment.

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