NewsHillsborough County


Seminole Heights store offers eco-friendly soaps, hand sanitizers due to coronavirus concerns

Posted at 11:20 PM, Mar 13, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — As consumers clear items like toilet paper and hand sanitizer off the shelves, a shop in Seminole Heights is offering an eco-friendly supply of the items in high demand.

Lufka Refillable Zero Waste Store is the city's first zero waste operation, focusing on the motto "reduce, reuse, refill."

"Bath, body, kitchen, cleaning products, laundry detergent, everything is refillable and we help you reduce all of those toxic chemicals," said owner Kelly Hawaii.

Lufka Refillable offers both gel and spray hand sanitizer that is made in-house. They also give customers the opportunity to experiment with their own recipe, picking which ingredients to include.

All products contain at least 60% alcohol, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"We’ve got some fractionated coconut oil which you can put to soften up your hands, as well as Aloe Vera Oil," said Hawaii.


While people best prepare for the pandemic, Cara Davis is ditching traditional outlets by shopping local.

"Everybody is staying in, everybody is scared, everybody is nervous about this virus going around but who is suffering the most is our local shops," said Davis. "They need us to patronize them."