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     Sloane Read grew up in North Florida on the St. Mary's River that divides Georgia and Florida, about 45 mins north of Jacksonville, in a very small town. The nearest beach was Fernandina Beach on the Atlantic Coast where she spent time with family and friends. Being near water was always a given. There were always wild creatures around like alligators, manatees, tortoises, snakes, etc. Even in college at the University of Florida, gators were abundant! Keeping nature as natural as possible has always been a mission of hers. So, when some dear friends of Sloane who operate the non-profit Surfing Madonna Oceans Project in Encintas, CA, which donates money to several ocean conservation projects, brought the refill concept to her attention she was inspired to bring it to Sacramento.  As a substitute teacher at the time, Sloane was able to research and develop the refill concept and gain support of family and friends. With the help of her husband Curtis (a Sacramento native) and two business partners, Tom and Jennifer Cox, Refill Madness opened it's doors in February 2016. 

      Sloane, Curtis and their daughter Vida enjoy swimming, kayaking and playing in the American River where picking up trash in and around the water is a family ritual because plastic will always go downstream into the most important natural resource on our planet, the ocean. 

      Sloane believes that businesses have an obligation to the community, and especially to the environment, by providing sustainable services and solutions that affect our everyday lives. 

Special thanks to Megan McCarthy and Bob Nichols from Surfing Madonna Oceans Project and to Charles Read and Ann Flewelling of Maine for all the faith and support you've shown Refill Madness. Also, to Warren Casto for his mad carpenter skills, abundant materials, creativity and his willingness to help.

Here are some facts about plastic;

  • It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. 
  • ​Plastic chemicals can be absorbed by the body.
  • The average American throws away approximately 185 pounds of plastic each year.
  • World-wide 13,000-15,000 pieces of plastic are dumped into the ocean EVERY DAY.