Mermaid swimming in 10,000 bottles. Copyright Bernard Von Wong www.vonwong.com

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.

Bottled Water

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.

Blue Planet summary

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!

Plastic floating in the sea

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)

Bye bye fishes!

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!

It’s costing you £20 in every £100 you spend for the packaging

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

Jars of dried ingredients.
Why are we opening a Zero Waste, Plastic Free Shop in Morecambe?

3 thoughts on “Why are we opening a Zero Waste, Plastic Free Shop in Morecambe?

  • 30th August 2018 at 11:50 am

    Love, Love, Love this idea…. I’d like to add one thing though … since we already have a pretty good, pretty low waste dried foods hippy shop in Lancaster, is there any chance that you could concentrate on the stuff they DON’T stock?? All their stuff is organic and therefore very expensive. I’d love to be able to buy loose non-organic stuff to replace what we buy from the supermarket – things like pasta for instance – and also oils, honey, that kind of thing. There are a lot of people in Lancaster on the journey to zero waste and a lot of us can’t afford the prices of organic bulk foods.

    • 30th August 2018 at 12:48 pm

      Hi Linda,

      Obviously Single Step is well-established and much loved, I love it myself, I was in there on Saturday. It’s one of the many reasons we decided that we wanted to be in Morecambe. We would just be foolish to try and compete with them. Nor quite frankly do we want to.

      We will be stocking some similar lines because not everyone wants to travel to Lancaster and some of those will be organic and fair-trade items simply because they are the only suppliers at the moment that supply in bulk sacks but there are loads of these types of shops opening across the country and I doubt it will be long before the non-organic brands catch on. Where we can we’ll have both available.

      Our focus however is very much on affordable sustainable zero waste shopping. We do intend to do the liquids like oils, vinegars and definitely honey. Being a beekeeper I’m the most horrendous honey fiend. Everywhere we go if there is local honey I have to buy it.

      We are also looking at being able to supply frozen food loose as well. We’ve found a really good supplier and hopefully they will be cost effective with the supermarket.

      I’ve no doubt what we are selling the day we open will evolve over time and some things will be really successful and others not so much but then that’s all part of the journey!

      Thank you for your feedback, it’s very much appreciated

  • 30th August 2018 at 1:16 pm

    I agree with Linda. We are pensioners on a limited budget and whilst we used to buy organic, now it’s simply too pricey. We grow fruit at home, but we eat a lot of vegetables, which we don’t grow. I also miss fresh produce being seasonal. It seems we can buy any fruit or veg at any time of year. Why ?
    We totally agree with zero waste, the impact on our generation is bad enough, but just doesn’t bear thinking about for our grandchildren’s generation.


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