Clever, green-minded manufacturers are coming up with all kinds of brilliant ways to cut down on packaging. Some offer concentrated formulas, others sell refills in bags instead of containers. And now, a Canadian startup has come up with yet another innovative solution: refill cartridges that consumers dilute at home with tap water. So simple, so practical, so smart.
Developed by Planet People, the iQ line of household cleaning products features small cartridges of plant-based concentrate. Consumers fill a spray bottle with ordinary tap water and pop in a cartridge. The coloured concentrate visibly mixes with the water, and voila: you have a full bottle of cleaner. iQ comes in four varieties: glass, bathroom, floor and all-purpose cleaner. And they’re all made with non-toxic and environmentally sustainable ingredients.
Besides reducing packaging and plastic waste, the system obviously cuts down on transportation, reducing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions. And – appealing to people’s wallets as much as their conscience – iQ passes on packaging and transportation savings to its customers. iQ starter kits, which include a spray bottle full of solution and a first refill cartridge, retail for approximately CAN$6.49, while cartridges are approximately CAN$2.79. You can buy them from natural food stores in Canada, and from Hannaford and Sweetbay in the US.