House to Home Column: Easy ways to be eco-friendly in MK

Interiors-obsessed Becky Pink talks about how you can refill food and household products at MK’s first refill shop, My Refill Market, in Stony…

Are you looking for ways to have a more eco-friendly home?

We’re lucky to have a great recycling system in Milton Keynes, but it’s better to avoid single-use plastics in the first place.

Luckily, My Refill Market, MK’s first refill shop has recently opened on Stony Stratford High Street. You just take your clean container to the shop, weigh it empty, fill it, weigh it again and pay for it.

There are a wide range of baking goods and cupboard staples, as well as dried herbs and spices. It’s the perfect way to cut down on the waste of plastic packaging, and a lot of the food is organic.

My Refill Market also sells eco-friendly household products like reusable kitchen roll, plastic-free sponges, and beeswax food wraps which are the ideal reusable replacement for clingfilm.

You can also take old bottles to refill with eco-friendly laundry liquid, washing up liquid, shampoo and conditioner.

For the inevitable plastics we do use, Charity Recycling MK have a solution. They collect a lot of the plastics that can’t go in clear recycling sacks and have raised over £28,000 for Willen Hospice and MK Cat Rescue!

They take some coffee pods, baby wipe wrappers, Pringles tubes, biscuit wrappers and crisp packets, triggers from spray bottles, and pet food pouches.

Just drop your clean wrappers to these bins outside Great Linford Parish Council offices, or to the organiser’s house in Downs Barn.

Pop over to the Charity Recycling MK Facebook page to see exactly what they do and don’t take, and how to sort the recycling.

You can take contact lens packaging to Boots in CMK to recycle. It is a little more effort to recycle these other types of packaging, but you soon get into the habit and it becomes second nature!

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This feature was published in the March 2020 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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