Local MP, David Rutley, recently visited a new local business, That Refill Place, to help raise awareness of how we can all reduce our reliance on single use plastics to live, work and shop in an affordable, more environmentally sustainable way. David met with Ashley Harbour, founder of That Refill Place, at her new pop-up shop at The Foxhole in Prestbury Village.
That Refill Place, set up in the autumn and based in Macclesfield, is an online store selling a wide range of plastic free products to help households cut down on single use plastics for day-to-day sustainable living. Ashley was inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s message on how single use throw away plastics posed serious challenges to the environment and wildlife.
During his visit, David was impressed by the variety of goods on offer, which are available online here www.thatrefillplace.co.uk. Goods range from not only groceries, but also include health and beauty products, storage solutions and household essentials. The pop-up shop is held at The Foxhole pub in the village, which is closed due to Coronavirus restrictions. The collaboration between That Refill Place and The Foxhole is a great example of local businesses working together to support the village centre in Prestbury in the current challenging trading conditions. David also met with Kip and Tess Evans who run The Foxhole pub. Whilst operating as a pop-up shop, Ashley is still fulfilling online orders with the option of free home delivery and a click and collect service.
Environmental sustainability, including efforts to reduce our reliance on single use plastics, is an important issue for David. He continues to be committed to efforts on environmental change. In Parliament, David strongly supports Government action to meet this challenge and is always keen to support local solutions to environmental issues, such as That Refill Place.
After meeting Ashley at the pop-up shop, David said, “This is a innovative new business in the Macclesfield area with the aim of helping us all to live more sustainably. Unnecessary and preventable plastic waste is an environmental blight.
“That Refill Place offers products which can help us to play our part, I was very impressed by what Ashley had to say and the nature of her business. It’s always welcome to see new businesses open locally and supporting each other, especially in these challenging times. I wish her every success going-forward.”