Hey! The holiday season is here. Searching out thoughtful presents can be real tough.
When I was a kid, my mum encouraged my sister and I to make presents for the rest of our family out of what we could find. I remember patching together a spent loo-roll desk tidy for my cousin that I’d seen ‘made earlier’ on Blue Peter. The naked loo-rolls sure soaked up a lot of Berol felt tip pen. In my mind, it was gonna be the ultimate executive stationary accessory she needed! It wasn’t.
Maybe not the coolest gift to inspire the attitude of gratitude but nowadays there are loads of good ways to show folks that you care, whilst helping to reduce waste & support independent makers.
Here’s some of our favourites, all made from repurposed materials, ready for the holiday season or whenever you feel like giving.
FILL SEEKER SWEATSHIRT
Single use is over! Spread the refill message with a Fill Seeker sweatshirt. Made using 70% regenerated cotton. Classic crew neck. French terry. Super soft. Unisex fit. Illustration by Eleonora Marton. Screen printed in the UK. Show folks what you’re looking for or help them to find the fills they need. In the shop now.
WAX/WINE x FILL CANDLE
Made from repurposed, out-of-date or misprinted 500ml glass FILL bottles. Cleaned, hand cut, sanded & poured by Magali in East London. These cool candles are a blend of rapeseed oil and coconut wax, fragranced with bergamot essential oil. Refills available from Wax/Wine direct. Find out more about Magali here.
NEW KIDS IN THE HOUSE
Listen up everybody. This one’s for the children! We dig New Kids in the House (NKiTH). A cool, new, sustainable future kidswear label run by 90s kids Sarah & Florian, from their small workshop in Nuremberg, Germany. They collect & process used and waste fabrics (the right stuff) to create cool looking caps, hats & duds in timeless designs. Hat’s off.
HOMETHROWN X FILL SCOOPS & SPOONS
Hand built from reclaim, stamped & glazed by Gem at Home Thrown Studio in Boscombe, Dorset. These scoops were part of our first ever collaboration. Made to measure a maximum 40g powder. The spoons have extra-long handles for swizzling, mixing, stirring & measuring out RAW cleaning recipes (or anything else). Available in clear glazed speckled black grogg or white stoneware. You can read more about Gem here.
SILO: THE ZERO WASTE BLUEPRINT
“Waste is a failure of the imagination” Doug sets out his plan for a zero waste food system. We first visited SILO on a record-hunting-trip to Brighton back in 2015 & were taken with the radical thinking, creativity & good bread! A few years down the line & SILO were looking for closed-loop cleaning products for a new restaurant in London. We were real happy to help out. Doug encourages everyone to eat fresh, waste less & make the most of what nature provides. This book also has some righteous tips for making ferments, pickles, stocks, brittles, butters & ice creams too.
WASTE BANANA KETCHUP
If you know, you know. From the folks at Rubies In The Rubble. Enjoy as a dip, ketchup or marinade. It goes nice with halloumi, fries or whatever else you might be cooking. Each bottle rescues two whole overripe bananas from the bin & makes them into something good.
We have a couple of these outside the lab at Fillville. Made from 100% recycled plastic waste in Hull, diverted from natural environments, beach clean-ups, PPE waste & cosmetic take-back schemes. No two boards are ever the same. We’re planting tomatoes in ours.
TOAST. BEER FROM SURPLUS BREAD
We don’t half like Toast. Crisp, refreshing beers made with surplus bread instead of barley – meaning less land, water and energy. All profits go to charities fixing the food system. They taste good too. Raise a Toast.
WASTE FILLICONE COASTER
Made in Worthing from 100% waste uncured silicone. David, the mill man, mixes pigment and scrap compound that would otherwise go to landfill. Maria moulds the parts on British made presses from the 40s. Ruth trims. Nicola checks and Ariel packs them ready to be screen-printed. Waste silicone is mould & mildew resistant, food safe and stands up to extreme temperatures! We’ve been working on getting these to you for a long time. Try them under a candle, a Fill bottle or a cup of tea. Dropping soon in the shop.