Campaign against waste
Store offers products free of plastic packaging
Roseanna Cunningham fills up her re-useable bottle with some Mossgiel Farm milk
A store selling products free of single-use packaging has opened in Glasgow’s Southside as part of a campaign to cut down on waste.
Shoppers are invited to bring their own bags and bottles to buy everything from milk to shampoo at the Locavore outlet which is backed by £100,000 from Zero Waste Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
The range is already attracting three times as many customers in the first few weeks of trading as expected.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham and Warren McIntyre of Zero Waste Scotland launched the environmentally-conscious range and called for ideas from businesses to reduce single-use packaging.
There is available funding in the region of £1million to support the initiative. In Scotland, around 120,000 tonnes of plastic packaging waste is produced from households each year – much of which ends up in landfill.
Ms Cunningham said: “It was fantastic to visit Locavore to launch its new range of packaging-free goods and see for myself how customers can come back again and again for essential items, thanks to the use of refillable containers.
“My parents used to live in this area and would have loved this shop and its products which are all locally-sourced.
“It’s ideas like this that are at the heart of the Scottish Government’s Making Things Last Strategy, which looks to develop our circular economy and protect our environment by keeping products in use as much as possible.”
Mr McIntyre, a programme manager at Zero Waste Scotland, said: “Zero Waste Scotland has worked with Locavore to help flag up areas where the store could cut packaging and provided advice and funding to help them introduce these new packaging-free options for customers. I’m really excited to see this in action.
“Shoppers are increasingly concerned about single-use packaging which is often not, or can’t be, recycled. While packaging has a role to play in ensuring food and other products reach consumers in good condition, businesses such as Locavore show that it can be reduced – and that’s extremely popular with shoppers.
“The best way for businesses to take action then is to help reduce the amount of packaging we’re all using. That’s why Zero Waste Scotland is looking for more ideas from businesses to help cut single-use packaging in Scotland. We have funding and support available which could make your plans a reality – so get in touch.”
Reuben Chesters, managing director, Locavore Community Interest company, said: “We see Locavore going from strength-to-strength based on customer demand for packaging-free options, and I think other businesses should look at how they can follow suit.”
Any business with a strong, workable idea for reducing single-use packaging and contact Zero Waste Scotland HERE.
Zero Waste Scotland leads on delivery of the £73 million Resource Efficient Circular Economy Accelerator Programme, which aims to improve the economic performance of SMEs while at the same time reducing the impact of economic activity on the natural environment, supporting Scottish Government and EU policies.