London has opened up it’s first zero-waste supermarket. Yes that’s right, ZERO-WASTE!!
Bulk Market has been set up to tackle food and (plastic) packaging waste. You wouldn’t believe my excitement when I read about this as I prefer to buy my food from markets and I am usually the person who brings reusable shopping bags to supermarkets, so this is a fantastic initiative! I believe this is such a clever and simple idea as you are going back in time in a sense of how people used to shop when supermarkets weren’t around!
Most of the things that we buy in supermarkets are more or less covered in plastic and it has become a norm for us to pick it up without realising the disastrous effects it is having on our environment. We forget that plastic takes 450 years to decompose! The recyclable grades of plastic can only be down-cycled. But most of the plastic packaging currently cannot be recycled which means that it ends up in landfills or pollutes the oceans. And just when you think disposable packaging could be better, it isn’t! They cost you money and requires natural resources to be produced. But most importantly it is costing the local authorities millions of pounds for it to be collected, sorted and recycled. SO MUCH EFFORT AND TIME WASTED!
- The average family throws away 11 meals a month, equivalent to just under £60.
- Across UK households, hospitality and the retail industry, the country throws away 10 million tonnes of food annually, where 61% could have been saved if it had been managed better, according to Waste and Resources Action and Programme’s (Wrap) figures.
- The borough of Hackney in east London currently only recycles 25.3 per cent of its household waste… that is a shocking number!!
Plastic in my opinion is unnecessary as a means of packaging because once you get home it goes straight to the bin, and a limited amount can be recycled! By simplifying processes of how we get food and how it can be packaged could be the solution to stop the confusion of what can be recycled and also to produce a cleaner environment for the next generation.
Bulk Mission seems to highlight what the people want over business needs. I think that is great because many businesses waste more in a day than a consumer wastes in a year. Plastic waste is one of the biggest public health and environmental issues of our generation. Examples of the uses of plastic comes in all forms from disposable cups to baby bottles!
The plastic free shop stocks more than 300 items in the pop-up shop and it’s not just food. Alongside dried goods there’s bamboo toothbrushes, paper-wrapped toilet roll and even dog food. The concept of bringing your own jars to the shop to get your goods – and the amount that you want – is a fantastic opportunity for communities to have a more circular economy mindset.
This crowdfunded shop may be the turning stone for supermarkets to change their ways in how to package goods and it may be an insight to set up more of these stores around where we live! Fresh and organic produce, not only better for our environment but also to our health.
I would love to check out this ‘supermarket’ soon to see all of it’s eco-friedly wonders! If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave a comment below.
Thank you for reading!
[Featured Image: The Independent ]