Living a sustainable lifestyle has become increasingly popular in recent years due to media attention on plastic pollution and climate change. This is really exciting to see as it means we are waking up to the effects we have had on our world and looking to change those damaging behaviours.
The trouble is it can be confusing and daunting at first. Remember that going zero waste is not something you will achieve overnight but through little, conscious changes everyday.
Calling ourselves a Zero Waste Shop comes with a responsibility that we take seriously. Our aim isn't just helping our customers reduce waste at home. We are striving to be a "zero to landfill" business within 1 year of opening. In addition, we passionately support both local and global sustainable action.
The five "R"s of sustainability
Some of these terms may be familiar already, but the order of these five steps to living more sustainably is also really important. From left to right, they are a hierarchy of the most sustainable behaviours you can adopt and how much impact they can have.
How are we working towards these goals?
Packaging is one of the biggest challenges we face. To reduce packaging waste on the supplier side and in the running of our shop, we:
Send packaging back for refilling in closed-loop supply chains.
Recycle as much as possible through Terracycle and First Mile.
Give cardboard boxes from deliveries a new life with PackShare.
Sustainable action isn't just about the earth, its about people and the local community too. Which is why we will be using our shop to:
Support, promote and volunteer to be a part of sustainable action in and around Winchester.
Organise events, such as litter picking and educational days.
Be ethical, transparent and fair as a local employer
Terracycle Collection at Earthian
What can you do tomake
Being a conscientious and ethical consumer is a huge step towards living a more sustainable life. How you interact with your local community ripples out into the wider world. The same is true for how you shop, by valuing sustainable and earth-friendly products over those that are manufactured without care for the planet, animals or people.
To support your efforts at home, we are a collection point for Terracycle. This is a company that takes usually hard to recycling materials, or materials that don't go in council recycling collection and turn them into new materials and new products.
We do this as part of a bigger network of collection points in and around Winchester that bring all your waste together at our main hub in Eastleigh so we meet Terracycle's minimum weight for collection.
This is the waste we currently take at the shop, we hope to expand this in the future. Please click on the collections below to see the rules for dropping off and what we can accept.
The first step is to refuse, to stop bringing products, packaging and waste into your life that you don't need. What you have should stay useful for as long as possible, and when it finally comes to the end of it's life, it is returned to nature through composting.