Christchurch zero-waste shop to close at end of October

A ZERO-waste shop in Christchurch is to close amid falling sales.

The store, in The Saxon Centre, has been offering people refills and eco-friendly products for several years.

But the owners have said they now need to “step back” from the business, which will close at the end of October.

In a statement announcing the decision, owner Kate Ashley – along with the family and team members – said: “The last few weeks have been difficult decision making times for us here, but today we need to share that we will be closing the store at the end of October.

“Sales have fallen over the past six months and we have maxed resources available to steer the store and keep it afloat.”

The statement thanked customers and the “really great” community in the town.

“We have loved the last two years taking on Two Rivers Refill and have learnt so much during this time,” it went on.

“Most of all that there is a really great community here and many amazing influencers. We have loved connecting with you all and we believe that a refill hub will find a space here in the future with rightful owners or a collective of people to steer it.

“For now we need to step back. We would love to see you over the next few weeks for any pantry top ups and winter stores. We still have lots of our quality organic nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, pulses, beans, dried fruit, herbs, spices and much more.

“Come and chat with us as we unfold the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone we have seen and spoken to this week for lending an ear, offering words of advice, being gentle and understanding.”

The store allows shoppers to take along containers and fill them with a range of products, including pasta, nuts and more, reducing the amount of packaging.

It also offers a range of eco-friendly products and accessories. For more information, visit

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