The first ever plastic-free shop opened in Hackney, in London, last September, and offers to shoppers the chance to bring their own containers, fill them and pay by weight.
From dry foods and homemade pasta to natural ingredients for use in beauty products, the pop-up shop Bulk Market stocks more than 300 products.
Items lining the shelves have been sourced from within a 50-mile radius, many from social enterprises, co-operatives and community farms, and are free from big-name brands.
“This idea came from my own needs,” said Bulk Market CEO and founder Ingrid Caldironi. “I wanted to support the right businesses and to shop without creating any waste, but there wasn’t anything like that in London.”
The team now hopes to raise enough money through crowdfunding for a permanent space, which will include a beehive, a ‘commercial-grade compost machine’, and space for classes in DIY. Building materials for the premises will be upcycled or diverted from landfill, including theatre fabric, and shop fittings made from offcuts of metal.
Source : Positive News