Founder: Chloe Cronyn and Monica Kras
Business: Providing a zero waste delivery service for home and body products.
Charrli is the modern-day milkman reimagined for household essentials, working with eco-friendly, family owned businesses who share the same ethos of wanting to bring the best products to households, without any waste.
Through Charrli products are delivered in reusable bottles via e-bikes, and on the next delivery, the startup do a simple swap, collecting the empties and replenishing so you never run out. All bottles are washed, sterilised and refilled to keep them in circulation to be used over and over again, upwards 30x!
Charrli was inspired by the co-founders’ immense frustration with single-use culture. The startup claiming “We wanted to break-free from this cycle but it was impossible to find a convenient solution, so we thought we’d make one!”
Charrli soft launched at the end of April 2020 in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the support of a few hundred extremely keen and supportive followers on their mailing list. Since then, the startup have been slowly growing and tweaking their business model based on customer feedback.
A massive challenge the company are facing, and working on overcoming, is the attempt to change human behaviour.
As plastic has become more and more popular and mainstream after the 1960s, we’ve come accustom to some bad habits of buying single use plastic, using it once and throwing it in the bin – which as we all know ends up in landfills and the ocean. Through a reoccurring subscription e-commerce platform (to help build re-use habits) and clear messaging, the startup are bringing a more circular lifestyle into homes and businesses.
Charrli have big plans for the future, wanting to make the world a better place by helping people and companies reduce the amount of waste they produce. The company started with Islington and Hackney and eventually plan on growing across London, major cities in the UK, and then eventually the world. Charrli state:
“We plan to grow into a lifestyle brand so we’re not just a service to help people go zero waste, we are also trailblazers and inspiration to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. Eventually we want to reform the current broken recycling system and replace with the refill and re-use system that is currently thriving in Germany. Join us in the REFILLUTION!”