I was really excited last week to hear we had a zero waste shop arriving in town.
As I have seen elsewhere, I envisaged aisles of produce in bins, from dried fruits to lentils, spices to baking goods. I hoped to find bamboo toothbrushes, eco-friendly cosmetics and a huge refilling station for all of our cleaning products. We thought we could take in our own containers to make our purchases and leave with our cotton bags full of plastic free shopping.
Lots of enthusiasm
In reality, our zero waste shop had been introduced with a lot of enthusiasm but clearly no money. It did have a refilling point with four products, along with a few tubs containing large bags of nuts, but you seemed to have to buy the entire bag.
Other than that, it contained shelves full of reconditioned electrical products and lots of second hand vacuum cleaners at bargain prices.
I’m not knocking it. If my toaster blows, our zero waste shop is where I will be going to find a new one! After all, buying second hand is good for the environment and the wallet, as I said in last week’s post on buying second hand clothes.
I have to admit to being disappointed though. This zero waste shop is full of good intentions but only likely to attract those already committed to lowering their waste. I can’t see it inspiring and enabling the good people of the town to adopt a zero waste lifestyle.
Trying to avoid plastic
It’s hard to avoid plastic if you use run of the mill supermarkets. Even the local market gives you plastic bags now. You have to take your own containers everywhere. How many of us are this organised?
I have found an amazing looking zero waste shop near where Mr S’s niece lives in Hertfordshire. Too far away to pop into regularly but I will definitely go next time we visit her. What do you think of Bamboo Turtle?
This is the kind of zero waste shop I dream of seeing here. Even better would be every other shop adopting a zero waste approach!
Do you aim for zero waste shopping? Can you recommend a zero waste shop near you?