First Zero Waste Shop in Kent

zero waste shopping

I think most of us are waking up to the fact that our planet is at breaking point, with plastic pollution around the world causing widespread damage to our oceans, habitats and food chains. The Guardian reported last year how 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, with most ending up in landfill or in the sea. Watching the series Blue Planet made me feel guilt and shame, however all this information has given me a new determination to make a change, and I am definitely not alone.

I have noticed a big Zero Waste movement going on recently, with events like Plastic Free July, and more and more of us recycling clothes and furniture, and also shopping locally, in independent shops. I have been trying to make non plastic swaps where I can, and be more conscious of what I’m buying and what packaging it comes in.

So when I found out we had our first Zero Waste shop here in Kent, I had to go down to Canterbury to check it out! 

Unboxed Zero Waste Shop Canterbury
Unboxed is in a Grade II Listed Building so the shop front is in keeping with the street.

Unboxed Canterbury’s First Zero Waste Shop

Unboxed has only been open a few months and is dedicated to using eco-friendly, biodegradable, natural products without all the unnecessary packaging. You take your own container, fill it up with as much or as little as you like, print out the label, and pay at the till. Unboxed is also independently owned and often stock local suppliers, so you’re putting your money back into the local economy.

What Unboxed Sell

Unboxed sell everything you need for your store cupboard; cereals, pasta, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. They also stock fruit and veg, fairtrade teas and coffees, even oils and vinegars in small amounts.There is a selection of toiletries including bamboo toothbrushes, natural cleaning products, even washing powder that you can buy in small quantities and plastic free.

unboxed zero waste shop

Unboxed’s Mission

Unboxed are dedicated to creating a cleaner, better Earth by reducing the amount of plastic and other waste used for packaging everyday items. As well as cutting down on pointless plastics and single use packaging, Unboxed’s aim is to not only help combat waste, as you only buy what you need, but also help you live a healthier life, by only stocking products containing natural ingredients. Their mission is to live a waste free life, so everything in the shop is either package free, or fully recyclable. Nothing you buy from the store will get sent to a landfill site.

 
zero waste shop

 

Unboxed makes me think of how shopping must have been in my Grandma’s era, where you knew the shop keeper, and were part of a community. I don’t really know how and why we ever lost sight of that, and I can see that we are all heading back in that direction. It felt good to me buying produce from a shop where I’ve met the owner, and trust their integrity to supply me with ethically sourced, natural produce. I also preferred giving my money to someone who is a small business, and needs my support. I received great personal service, and was very happy with all my goods, so I will definitely be one of their regular customers!

It takes a bit of organisation doing a zero waste shop, so I’ve listed some items below you might find useful to get started;

Items You May Need for a Zero Waste Shop

 

I really enjoyed my visit to Unboxed, and so lovely to see a Zero Waste shop here in Kent. Thank You Eve for being so incredibly helpful and showing me around!

If you would like to visit Unboxed in Canterbury, the address is below;

Unboxed Kent,
Conquest House,
17 Palace Street,
Canterbury,
Kent
CT1 2DZ

Or you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

If you don’t live nearby, you can find a Zero Waste Shop near you here

Have you been trying to cut down on single plastic use? I would love to hear – let me know in the comments below!

Natalie x

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Hi, I’m Natalie Shirlaw, a professional hair stylist on a personal wellness journey.

My aim is to help women live a more natural life that will leave them looking and feeling amazing. Ever since I was 10 I’ve been fascinated with the hairdressing business and officially started working when I was 14. I’ve worked in some of the top UK salons and for some of the best hairdressers in the world, and I now have my own salon in Kent.

 As a hairdresser I’ve always wanted to give my clients the latest and best products and even ended up being a technical consultant for L’Oreal, but one thing was common throughout my career - 

I am passionate about finding natural and organic products that work just as well as the big brand alternatives, and that are ultimately better for you too. For over 10 years I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can. Everything from skincare, to makeup, to food and even home wear. I’ve been incorporating these products and tactics into my daily life since and I’ve never felt better. Outside of my regular work I’ve studied martial arts and other Eastern practices like Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT and NLP.

 So as you can see I’m a big advocate for all around healthy and natural living. I’ll be sharing my best tips, tactics and products here, that you can implement easily to live a more natural life, where you can feel and look amazing. I’m really excited to have you with me on this journey and can’t wait to see what we can accomplish together!

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