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?