Chairman visits new eco refill store in Earls Colne

Ecolnes refillery store with co-owners Cherry and Rachel, and Chairman and Cllr Spray standing outside the shop front - Image.

Our Chairman Cllr Sue Wilson and ward councillor Cllr Gabrielle Spray visited the new Ecolnes Refillery Store in Earls Colne at its opening event last Friday 15th April.

The store, which opened last weekend, is a zero-waste refill shop that offers a range of consciously created and packaged products, encouraging shoppers to refill, reuse and reduce single-use plastic.

The name ‘Ecolnes Refillery’ was inspired by the Eco Colnes Facebook community group, which both owners Cherry McKean and Rachel Sprunt are members of. The group has over 1,200 members and is a place where residents can share ideas and tips on what they can do to help reduce waste, tackle climate change and save the planet.

Cllr Sue Wilson, Chairman of Braintree District Council, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to be invited to the opening of the new refill store and see new small, local businesses coming into our district. I’d encourage everyone to pay them a visit and support and shop local.”

Cllr Gabrielle Spray, Ward Councillor for The Colnes at Braintree District Council, said: “It is great to see this new store opening up in Earls Colne, giving residents an opportunity to shop in a more sustainable and planet friendly way, which has fantastic benefits for the local environment. I wish Cherry and Rachel all the best in their new business venture.”

Rachel Sprunt and Cherry McKean, co-owners of the Ecolnes Refillery store, said: “We were delighted by the support we received on Friday and Saturday. We are proud to bring another independent business to the heart of Earls Colne offering an alternative way to shop.”

Residents can visit via their Facebook page or visit for more information on the store, including opening hours and a product list.

Local businesses or community groups who are interested in a visit from the Chairman can apply via our website

Published: 19th April 2022