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Refilling at the Pop Shoppe back in the 80’s.

Do you remember bringing back your flat of pop bottles to refill at the local Pop Shoppe? Total 80’s nostalgia. I remember getting a kick out of it as a kid. I always got to pick a few of the flavors. We even rode our bikes there a few times. Then all of the Pop Shoppes closed and refilling was just a memory. Then back in 2005 The Pop Shoppe made a comeback. Refill got replaced by recycling though and you can buy it a Zellers or even Costco now. I guess you really can’t go home again. The Pop Shoppe does use reclaimed glass in the making of their new bottles. I will give them credit for keeping it in glass but recycling uses more energy and resources than refilling any day. If I could find a place that refilled pop (other than 7-11), wine, juice etc… I would be a happy camper. So many people spend a lot of time recycling when they shouldn’t have to. We just need to bring back the good ol’ days of refilling.

In 1975 their slogan was “You’ll find our plants all over the country… never our bottles”. Possibly the first “green” slogan for pop. A few years ago I tried the relaunched pop. It left me a little sad. Maybe my tastebuds were off because I was pregnant but it didn’t taste like I remembered. My favorite childhood flavors were black cherry, grape, orange and cream soda.

What was your favorite?



About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “Refilling at the Pop Shoppe back in the 80’s.

  1. I have never been a fan of pop. As a young girl, pop was a huge treat. Yes, that treat was going to my grandfather’s house and having out-dated, stale, flat generic pop. So, when people asked me if I want pop, the first thing that comes to mind isn’t all that appealing. Not that I don’t drink the sh*t sometimes, I just dilute it with alcohol. That is all.

    Posted by Sarah Tobin | February 14, 2012, 8:54 am
  2. I grew up in Kelowna and remember going to The Pop Shoppe a couple of times – I always thought it was the coolest place! Definitely a business that was WAY ahead of their time in terms of environmental friendliness. I don’t drink pop nowadays, but I do recall drinking cream soda and lime pop from The Pop Shoppe as a kid. 🙂

    Posted by Erin | February 20, 2012, 1:38 pm

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