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A trigger spray bottle with concentrated pod refill system

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A trigger spray bottle with concentrated pod refill system
A refillable household cleaning product, featuring a a trigger spray bottle with a built-in measuring system and pod of concentrate. To use, flip the product upside down, squeeze the pod until the measurement cup is full, and add water
In Use – Launched in October 2010. Currently only shipped within a 200 mile radius in California.

Benefits
Packaging Reduction, Other

Product Categories
Home Improvement, Household & Personal Care

Relevant Materials
Plastic – rigid

Relevant Packaging Formats
Bottles and jars, Closures and dispensers (including: triggers, dosing aids, reseal and reclose devices etc.)

Supply Chain Phase
Consumer, Design, Transportation

Details

A new reusable household cleaning product, featuring a a PET spray bottle with a built-in measuring cup, along with a pod of concentrate that is attached to the bottom. To use, flip the product upside down, squeeze the pod until the measurement cup is full, and add water. Each pod has enough fluid for four full bottles. Because the product is designed for reuse, and because the system is based on a concentrate (the brand doesn't ship water), Replenish reports that it uses 90 percent less plastic, oil and CO2 emissions than pre-mixed household cleaners. The company also has a supply chain radius of only 200 miles. In addition to creating a reusable bottle system Replenish developed its concentrate with ingredients that are non-toxic, biodegradable and pH neutral to reinforce their environmental brand image. The pods are available in Sun Lemon, Fresh Lavender and Green Tea.

Potential Benefits

The potential environmental benefits are:
  • Significantly reduced primary packaging (and therefore reduced environmental impact associated with packaging manufacture)
  • Significantly reduced transit packaging and significantly improved cube utilisation as packing and shipping the concentrated pods is more efficient than shipping full bottles
  • Reduced water usage for the manufacturer.

Intellectual Property

The Replenish bottle was designed by Radius Product Development, the design arm of precision injection molding company Nypro. Currently, a small contractor is manufacturing the bottles, but Nypro will be making them in-house in the future. The bottle is patented by Jason Foster, assigned to Replenish LLC (US Patent 7850043).

Consultant View

The environmental benefits of this refill system are obvious, but there are also commercial benefits that should be recognised:
  • Building brand loyalty - locking the customer into the refill system
  • Reduced primary packaging manufacturing costs - no need to keep manufacturing the main body of the bottle or the trigger dispenser
  • Reduced transit packaging costs - significantly less secondary transit packaging required to pack the concentrated pods compared to the full bottles
  • Reduced shipping costs - more efficient cube utilisation from the concentrated pods signicantly reduces the transport costs for shipping a set number of units
  • Reduced water usage at the manufacturing site - not adding water as an ingredient will help reduce utility bills.
The principles behind this packaging solution could be applied to a wide range of household cleaning and home improvement products.

Contacts and Further Information

Company contact details:
Replenish
1041 N Formosa Avenue
Santa Monica Building, Suite 225
West Hollywood, CA 90046
Tel + 323.405.7637
 
Technology contacts:
Jason Foster, Replenish LLC.
E-mail: jason@myreplenish.com
 
Joe Tokich, Radius
Tel: +312-664-1333
 
Keith Kiernan, Nypro
Tel: +978-365-8459
Mobile: +508-981-8791

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