Welcome to Pembrokeshire Refill

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Pembrokeshire Refill will be officially opened on Friday 28 October at 2pm by Mayor Cllr Pamela George. Based in St Govans Shopping Centre in Pembroke Dock, it offers affordable, high-quality, sustainably sourced produce and sells straight from dispensers – minus the unnecessary and wasteful packaging surrounding almost every product found in a conventional supermarket.

The shop has been designed by the team at Pembrokeshire FRAME with almost entirely repurposed materials. Their industrious efforts have produced a fresh and distinctive new shop which is now home to Pembrokeshire Refill and the new Pembroke Dock Community Fridge – two equally fresh and distinctive projects. These exciting and much needed ventures share the common goal of reducing waste, while providing supported training and work opportunities for individuals with learning disabilities and/or mental health issues.

FRAME is delighted to have received a £25,000 grant from the Sustainable Development Fund managed by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority towards the setting-up costs of Pembrokeshire Refill. It’s also grateful for £10,000 funding received from the National Lottery Community Fund towards the salary of a Pembrokeshire Refill manager.

Pembrokeshire Refill says it has been designed to make sustainable shopping easy for you: “Simply grab your empty containers, weigh and fill! If you happen to drop in while you’re passing, or forget your containers, it’s not a problem – we have recyclable, compostable and biodegradable paper bags you can buy, as well as many clean repurposed containers that are free to a good home.”

By shopping at Pembrokeshire Refill you can:

 reduce pointless and single-use packaging – the planet, it’s wildlife (as well as the
person in your household responsible for sorting the recycling each week) will thank you
for it!
 save money, as you won’t have to pay for the unnecessary packaging which
amounts to approximately a fifth of your shopping bill.
 combat food waste because you can buy as much or as little as you need (also
you can try new ingredients without having to buy more than you need – yet
another way to save money).
 get fresh ingredients, such as fresh local roasted coffee beans.
 eat more organic and sustainable ingredients avoiding consuming toxic chemicals.
 stock up on environmentally-friendly cleaning and personal care products

Last year, Haverfordwest Community Fridge helped to prevent over 46 tons of surplus food from going to waste and enabled more than 18,000 people to taste what combating food waste tasted like.

Pembrokeshire FRAME is delighted to bring its second Community Fridge to Pembroke Dock.

FRAME would like to thank Pembroke Dock Town Council for funding of £2,500, and the Bluestone Foundation for funding of £900 towards the cost of setting up the Pembroke Dock Community Fridge.

The Community Fridges are stocked entirely through surplus donations from supermarkets, local businesses and community members.

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for pembrokeshire.online, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says "Pembrokeshire.online has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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