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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 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 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.
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
- Cotton bag for bread
- Cotton bags for fruit and veg
- Mason jars
- A small box for groceries; sometimes carrying a small box is easier if you are bringing jars
- Reusable Shopping Bags
- Foldaway Bags I always keep these in my handbag, car and coat pocket
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;
17 Palace Street,
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!