FARGO -- A Fargo woman has launched a new business aimed at reducing our carbon footprint.

Red River Refillery sells bulk products that fill existing plastic or glass containers as well as reusable products that replace single-use disposable products.

Founder Krista Erickson said she wanted take her recycling efforts a step further than simply using a reusable water bottle or grocery bag.

"I started shopping in the bulk section of the grocery store (pre-COVID) and felt empowered by how easy it was to reduce my packaging waste," Erickson said. "I saw a refillery on the internet and thought, 'What an amazing idea.'"

Erickson said she believes Red River Refillery is the first such business in North Dakota. The closest she was able to find was Tare Market in the Twin Cities.

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Red River Refillery Owners Krista Erickson sells products that are "better for you and the environment." Shoppers are encouraged to bring in their own refillable containers. Those containers will be weighed, then filled, and weighed again to calculate cost. Special to The Forum.
Red River Refillery Owners Krista Erickson sells products that are "better for you and the environment." Shoppers are encouraged to bring in their own refillable containers. Those containers will be weighed, then filled, and weighed again to calculate cost. Special to The Forum.

How does it work?

Erickson has handpicked her products. She looks for cleaning and personal hygiene products that are "better for you and the environment."

"I'm trying to find more sustainable items made with natural ingredients. No artificial fragrances. ... No added chemicals and things like that," she said.

Customers are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers, but some will be available for sale as well. Erickson will weigh your container, fill it, and weigh it a second time to calculate the cost.

For now, Erickson is selling her products at pop-up events. On Saturday, April 17, she'll be at the Fargo Masonic Vendor & Craft Show, 1405 3rd St. N., Fargo, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. She will also be at vendor shows at Bonanzaville in West Fargo April 24 and May 8.

Later this summer she hopes to offer online sales via her website, redriverrefillery.com, as well as home delivery.