Today marks the start of 'Plastic Free July'. I'm going to give it a go and kickstart a more mindful way of consumption that reduces the waste that I personally generate - hopefully for good. One of the steps I'll take will be making much more use of little local shops. Earth.Food.Love: The Zero Waste Shop in Totnes will be one of the places that I'll be visiting in future.
My cupboard of dried goods is brimming at the moment but I popped up to the shop to see what they stock for future reference. I was given a warm welcome from one of the owners Richard. He runs the shop with his wife Nicola and they are 'helped' by their baby Willow. They left an urban life in Manchester to raise a family in Devon. From personal experience of bringing up a chilled out kid here I'd say that was a very wise choice indeed.
So how does this work? Well, instead of buying pre-packaged goods you take your own jars, bottles, boxes and bags, fill them and buy by weight. Easy! There's paper bags and containers for sale too if you're a bit dippy like me and have forgotten your own. Some of my friends are doing that thing where they dump all their plastic at the supermarket till. I've been a bit of a scared-y cat and haven't dared to go down that particular route of activism. The good thing here is that it prevents the need to do that in the first place.
All the stuff is organic and there's plenty to choose from: pulses, spices, nuts, seeds, cereal....And loose tea. Did you know that the majority of teabags contain plastic? I only found out after I'd just bought my last lot in bulk. There's a small range of cleaning products as well, made in nearby Somerset. I'll be giving those a try. The website has a handy price list so that I can check they have what I need before I climb the hill up to the shop.
Isn't it all so pretty? Much nicer than sterile supermarket environments. I particularly loved these beautiful dispensers for liquids. I'll be popping back soon - with a bottle. I'm nearly out of washing up liquid!