To offer a package free alternative to your every day household and food products. Where package free isn’t possible, to offer items in packaging that is made from, and can then be 100% recycled or biodegradable.
The premise of a Zero Waste shop is an extremely simple one. All products are provided in dispensers of varying kinds and people then bring their own jars, Tupperware, bags etc to fill themselves. You simply weigh your jar, fill with the product, re-weigh and then a barcode sticker is printed for scanning at the till.
Supporting Local Businesses
We have so many fantastic local suppliers, bakers, butchers, confectioners all within a 30-mile radius of Caterham, all selling a supreme standard of goods and all struggling with rising business rates, competition from mass producers and online stores, and having to close standalone shops because of the large overheads and lack of footfall.
What if we could offer those local suppliers a stand within a larger store. Think of the ‘marketplace’ aisle at Morrison’s. Rows of deli counters, each with its own branding of a local supplier, and all operating under the rules of Zero Waste. This is taking the old way of shopping, going into your individual greengrocers, fishmongers, etc and adding the modern convenience of it all being in one place.
Did you know that for every £1.00 you spend with a local business, roughly 63p stays within your local community, as opposed to 40p from a chain store. If we can get just 1 in 50 people in Caterham to spend just a third of their average weekly shopping budget with us, this could mean roughly £150,000 a year, going back into our community!