Gandhi said “You must be the change you want to see in the world” and that really is at the heart of it, we want to be able to buy our food from a Zero Waste shop, there isn’t one in Morecambe and we know we have the skills to bring one here.
That doesn’t say why though. The why is that we are drowning in plastic. By now, you would have had to be living in a cave in a remote mountain range to have not been made aware of the problems we are seeing because of plastic.
Single use plastic in particular. When you realise that every single piece of plastic every created still exists in some form and will still exist for billions of years suddenly that plastic wrapping around your cucumber or that coffee cup doesn’t seem quite so handy. It’s bad enough when it gets buried in landfill but it’s ending up in the sea.
Plastic is really convenient, and we have turned into a convenience-based society, we’ve all eaten the pre-made sandwich from the supermarket or drunk bottled water.
Those images from Blue Planet II sent shockwaves around the world. People are already changing their shopping habits but we’ve still got such a long long way to go!
By 2050, it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish, in our world oceans. Every year between 4.8 and 12.7 million tonnes of plastic enters our ocean – that’s the equivalent of two bin lorries full every minute and by 2025, that’s set to double! (you can read more about it at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation)
However this is just an estimate, and the reality is likely to be higher, much much higher. Very recent research has also shown that plastic is found in sea creatures in some of the furthest reaches of the oceans nearly 11 km below the surface. It’s in every single part of the food chain now, which means we are eating it as well.
Not only that but it’s really hitting your pocket as well, plastic packaging accounts for an eye-watering 5th of the cost of your weekly shop. That’s £20 for every £100 you spend!
We do realise that being ‘Zero Waste’ is a bit of lofty goal. It is a lifelong journey. No one can ever claim to be Zero Waste in today’s society, even if they shop at Zero Waste stores and recycle every single item that enters their home that they do not consume, there is still going to be waste produced, in the manufacture and distribution of all of the items they use or if they need medical care etc.
So how can we make small easy changes? We can use recyclable cups instead of throwaway ones when we go and pick up our coffee in a morning, even the big chains are doing that now. We can refuse plastic straws. We can ask the butcher if he’ll put the meat in a box we’ve brought from home rather than plastic wrapping and we can buy from a shop like ours or the many others that are popping up across the country. Save your jars and pop along and refill them. It’s really easy to do.
If we all bought one item every week without it’s normal plastic packaging, we’d stop tonnes and tonnes of plastic going into the environment. It doesn’t have to be an all or nothing change. Start small and change at a pace that suits you. Soon it will be part of your everyday routine and you’ll wonder why you thought it was hard to do.
We will be stocking a whole range of products from rice to radishes, all packaging and plastic-free. So watch out for our opening date, come along and see how easy it is to do