A drugstore is approaching zero waste. Here's where you can "tap" detergents

The retail chain dm drogerie markt wants to transform its branches into draft drugstores in 10 Slovak cities by May.

The retail chain dm drogerie markt is testing the concept of a draft drugstore in ten Slovak towns.The retail chain dm drogerie markt is testing the concept of a draft drugstore in ten Slovak towns. (Source: dm drogerie markt)

People supporting zero waste initiatives can now visit a new place offering ecological, refilling stations for detergents and cleaners. The German retail chain dm drogerie markt has launched the project in its four Slovak subsidiaries. More are expected to open during the year.

Slovakia is the second country, after Austria, to offer this ecological service.

At the moment, customers can fill detergents into containers in two shopping centres in Bratislava, as well as Trenčín and Trnava.

By redesigning these drugstores into draft ones, the company aims to reduce plastic waste by 12 to 20 percent compared to drugstores selling just bottled products, reads the company's press release.

From Bratislava to regions

The first testing station was opened at the Central shopping centre in Bratislava by Mária Šimonovičová, dm drogerie markt's assortment manager, and Svetlana Rymarenko, dm's zero waste ambassador.

Dm drogerie markt plans to expand its refilling stations project to six more stores in the country by the end of May. This includes Banská Bystrica, Nitra, Košice, Poprad, Prešov and Žilina.

The company will test the refilling stations in Slovakia for 12 months. If the customers' demand rises, dm drogerie markt is prepared to introduce similar stations in other branches around the country.

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