Reduce. Refill. Recycle. It’s the mantra of a new store in Jacksonville’s downtown square. Green Haven Company just opened at 66 East Central Park Plaza in the old SoapCo Coffee Shop location. The environmentally friendly local business encourages those who wish to reduce waste by refilling laundry detergents, soaps, and other liquid products in the store. The eco-friendly idea came about with co-owner Jessica Lynn. Lynn, who previously owned The Fresh Press, says she wanted to carry over the environmentally-conscious ideas of her previous business into a full-fledged business model.
Co-owner Brynna Wilson says there are many different options to choose from: “We have a little of everything. We have aloe, face wash, shampoo, conditioner, dish soap – there is a lot of different options. There’s over 20 different refillery products, and then customers just get charged by the ounce.”
Most of the liquid detergents and soaps are made in house, but the ladies say that the ones that are outsourced are vegan, eco-friendly products just like those sourced in house. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own containers and bags. At the refillery, shoppers are charged by the ounce. Lynn says that she handles macramé cord, which is all eco-friendly and recycled products.