THE REGION’S first and only ‘fill and refill’ bulk store promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle through B.Y.O refillable containers has turned one-year-old.
The Airlie Health Hub opened on Monday, January 10, 2022, in Cannonvale, and last Tuesday passed the first big birthday of turning one.
The hub supplies organic wholefoods, and essential household and personal care products in plastic-free form.
The concept of the hub is to allow customers to use jars, containers, and reusable packaging to minimise the waste and the generation of plastic.
In 2022, the hub hit several milestones in their journey to minimising waste, including saving 22,573 one-litre bottles from landfill.
They sold 4,620kg of food, with zero plastic packaging, and 721 one-litre bottles of local honey were sold through their honey refill system.
Thousands of glass jars and bottles were saved from landfill, thanks to jar donations.
Now, the Airlie Health Hub is working alongside local tourism operators and businesses to minimise their company waste and eliminate their use of chemicals that are toxic to the environment.
In 2022, the hub began giving back to the community by sponsoring the Airlie Beach Bowls Club.
Airlie Health Hub owner Hayley Moran said the hub has some exciting goals to kick for 2023.
“We have exciting things planned for 2023 but we can’t give too much away,” Mrs Moran said.
“We look forward to supporting farmers and small businesses within our local area.
“Thanks go to our suppliers, both local and interstate, for providing us with incredible products, local businesses that have teamed up with us, and all our loyal customers.”
In a post on the business Facebook page, Mrs Moran wrote that it has been a pleasure to serve the community.
“It’s been a pleasure serving our community whilst making some special friendships along the way. Here’s to another 12 months of health, wellness and community.”