Trial in Stockbridge

Scotmid tackles packaging with customer re-fill station

Kirsty George and Craig McCormack at the refill station

Grocery business Scotmid has made a commitment to reducing packaging by opening its first refill station where customers can fill up on dry products..

The trial, in conjunction with Glasgow-based co-operative, Greencity Wholefoods, offers products such as coffee beans, pasta and soap powder at the store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh.

Scotmid have become the first of the large retail chains to introduce the self-service dispensers while also encouraging customers to bring their own containers such as Tupperware or jars.

Scotmid Local Sourcing Manager Kirsty George said: “We’re incredibly excited about the launch of the refill station. The initial response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“It has been excellent to work alongside another Scottish co-operative, Greencity Wholefoods and together we’ve managed to make this become a reality.

“We’re all really passionate about helping our customers to reduce their plastic consumption where possible and the introduction of the refill station fits our values and principles as an ethical retailer.

“This is still a trial, so, as part of our continuous improvement philosophy, we will take on board everything we learn and then we can implement any changes before considering which stores we can roll it out to next.”

Greencity Wholefoods’ worker-owner Craig McCormack said: “We’re really excited to be co-operating alongside Scotmid on bringing this project to life in Stockbridge; it’s fantastic to be able to tackle both plastic pollution and food culture.

“It’s incredibly important to reduce the use of plastic where possible. It is also a great opportunity to reduce food waste allowing people to buy what they need depending on their circumstances.”

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