global refills
Meet Global Refills: the newest addition to the RISC Family. Inspired by the growing zero-waste movement, we’ve brought bulk foods to central Reading. Our goal is to help empower our local community to reduce packaging waste and single-use plastics. The real drive came from the images of plastic accumulating on beaches, filling the oceans, and piling up in landfills in mostly majority world countries.

We offer a range of approximately one-hundred Fairtrade, organic, or locally produced food and household items. Our dispensers are filled with wholefoods, including pulses, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, cereals, pastas and rice. We also stock fresh veg, Beechwood Farm eggs, and fresh bread local artisan bakers.

Behind the counter, we sell household liquids to be dispensed into your own bottles, things like laundry liquid, washing up liquid, hand soap, shampoo and conditioner. We offer a large range of Fairtrade wines, and many of the local and global drinks already available at the Cafe.

you can view the entire stocklist here

Together with the World Shop next door, we aim to provide a full weekly shopping experience to customers looking for an ethical alternative to mainstream supermarkets and the high street.


how it works

weigh and label weigh and label
Weigh your empty container on the scale and attach the barcode label to your container. This label tells us the weight of the container only
fill fill
Fill your container with a product from the gravity dispensers or scoop bins. Don't hesitate to ask for help if you need it
weigh and label weigh and label
Weigh the filled container again and attach the final barcode to the container to be scanned at the till
pay at till pay at till
Once you've got all you need, bring your labelled containers to the till and pay. By reusing containers you've contributed to minimising single use plastic waste!

please ask a member of staff to fill your bottles

We offer a 'like for like' households and toiletries refill service, meaning we'll refill shampoo in a shampoo bottle, washing up liquid in a washing up liquid bottle, etc. This is to prevent cross contamination and adhere to health and safety advice.

We'll only refill clean, empty bottles with a lid, and can't do half measures. We'll fill your empty bottle to the top!

Please ensure the volume of the bottle is left on (it's usually on the back label of toiletries and household liquids bottles) or has been written on the bottle.

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