Green Impact met up with the Student’s Union Development Officer, Megan McGrath, to talk about the Zero Waste shop that’s about to open in the Student’s Union.
Zero Waste is a lifestyle where you minimise your impact on the environment as much as possible through the consumer choices you make. There has been huge demand for zero waste products since Blue Planet II aired in October last year, as people have started to realise how avoidable plastic pollution is impacting our planet. Meg says “plastic pollution is filling the oceans, starving birds and other sea life of food and threatening human life in the process”.
The ethos of the new Zero Waste shop is that nothing goes to landfill as a consequence of its existence. Suppliers send their refillable products with recyclable packaging. Instead of plastic bottles or bags, the shop sells reusable glass jars, provides recyclable paper bags and encourages you to bring your own containers from home to fill up with goodies. It’s a throw-back to the old ‘Scoop and Save’ method of shopping – only taking as much as you need while cutting down on unnecessary packaging. Not only this, but all the furniture within the shop has been upcycled – even the till point is made from old flooring from the SU nightclub!
Items to be sold include kitchen products such as non-plastic ‘cling film’, bamboo toothbrushes, refillable shampoo and conditioner, detergent, metal straws, reusable coffee cups and water bottles, nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Megan is most excited about the refillable herbs and spices range as this is a niche that hasn’t been filled yet elsewhere.
In the future, Megan hopes the shop might have a community fridge, where unwanted food can be shared, and even a Tetrapak recycling point (the only other in the whole city is at Waitrose)! There will also be feedback forms for customers to suggest new products, giving you the ability to shape the shop.
The shop is located in the old Property Shop inside the Student’s Union, right across from OurShop. It’ll be open from next week from 10-6 on most days and is open to anyone, not just staff and students! Stay up to date with the launch date, products and competition, like the Our Zero Waste Shop Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OurZeroWasteShop/