The new ‘refill revolution’ could be very beneficial to the environment. Santiago-based Algramo aims to drive the refill revolution and has worked with global consumer goods companies Unilever, Purin and Walmart. Users can order what they need and pay via an app, before refilling their containers either from an electric tricycle at their door or at an in-store vending machine. Algramo is just one of 17 companies selected for The Circulars Accelerator Cohort 2021. A Chilean start-up is addressing the issue of plastic waste with smart packaging that enables people to “pay for the product, not the packaging”. Santiago-based Algramo – which means ‘by the gram’ – is working with global consumer goods companies Unilever and Nestlé subsidiary Purina to drive what they call the refill revolution. Through the Algramo app, users can order as much or as little product – be it laundry detergent, rice or pet food – as they need and get it delivered straight to their smart, reusable packaging at home. The company has also launched refill vending machine pilots in Chile and more recently, in New York, US. Overall, we produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste each year, according to the UN […]

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