Reducing our impact in the environment has been top of society’s agenda for some time – and rightly so. One of the biggest producers of single-use waste are supermarkets, and whilst many have adopted better practices and recycling initiatives, there is still a huge way to go.
Supermarkets – and those food and drink manufacturers who stock their goods in stores across the UK – aren’t the only ones at fault. The general public – who choose to procure all of their goods there – are simply feeding the machine and contributing to the problem that is devastating our planet.
Therefore, it is down to consumers to change their behaviour and vote with their feet. This has been helped by the rise of zero-waste food shops that have been popping up. Below, we have listed some of the stores in and around south Wales that have caught our eye. If you know of one we have missed, please let us know (tweet us at @easystore_uk) and we would be happy to add them to our list.
Ripple Living (Cardiff)
Cardiff’s first of its kind – Ripple Living – was opened after a crowdfunding campaign by founder Sophie Rae in 2018. Situated on Albany Road in the Roath area of the city, it is close to many young professionals, families and students who have embraced the shop and helped its expansion into a firm favourite. It is ideal for those who work in and around Cardiff, with many shops close by ensuring that a trip certainly won’t be restricted to just Ripple Living. There is some street parking, but it is very competitive – so make sure you have some bags for life at the ready!
Sero Zero-Waste (Newport)
One of the newest on the scene, Sero Zero-Waste hasn’t opened at the time of publishing, but it will be coming to Newport very soon thanks to friends Liz & Laura. Sero – which is Welsh for zero – will be launching an online store on its website, as well as a physical shop this year, which will be the first for Wales’ youngest city. Check out the website to get the latest news, which includes a great blog post on the differences between biodegradable and compostable.
Awesome Wales (Barry)
Another favourite of ours, Awesome Wales is Barry’s answer to the zero-waste revolution. Based on Holton Road in the heart of Barry’s shopping district, the business was set up by Stuart & Amy, and is currently participating in the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme on goods bought in their cafe in-store. As well as the shop, Awesome Wales offers an online ordering function as well as click & collect and home delivery.
Based just outside Cardiff in Pontyclun, Truffles is Rhondda Cynon-Taf’s first zero-waste shop, which stores many locally-sourced products, including fruit and veg boxes. Situated at The Board Head pub in the village, Truffles adopts the popular ‘weigh, fill, weigh again and pay’ method, which ensures all produce is zero-waste, with customers bringing their own containers to encourage multi-use. Truffles also has an online shopping facility, which includes a novel green dental hygiene starter kit.
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[Image credits – taken from the websites or social media profiles of each shop]