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Possible plans for a zero waste shop in Pevensey Bay have taken a tiny step forwards today (July 8)

An approach by an established business, to the Pevensey Bay Journal, to find out more about the possibilities, will gauge what local reaction there might be to the idea.

Zero Waste Eastbourne at 103 South Street opened their doors with a message broadcast loud and clear. They said, “Eastbourne’s FIRST and ONLY 100% zero waste shop – We open our doors officially in 2019 so like us here and over on Instagram @zerowasteeastbourne so you don’t miss any news on opening dates/stock/recruitment!”

“They added “Can’t wait to see you all there!

The shop opened to local acclaim in May. They said “We open SATURDAY MAY 25TH at 10am!!! Come along and celebrate with us and shop your Zero Waste heart out!’

Since then the shop has gone from strength to strength.

The Guardian reported (21 April 2019), “over the past two years, well over 100 of these stores have sprung up across the UK. Precise numbers are hard to come by, but some in the business say there are almost 200, many in environmental hotspots such as Brighton, Bath, Bristol and north-east London, but also in plenty of other less obviously fertile areas. Zero-wasters are in touch with each other on Facebook, and have their own bible in Bea Johnson’s book Zero Waste Home”.

Bulk, East London was the first zero waste supermarket in London, described by the Daily Telegraph (4 June) as “a go-to for wonky veg and baked goods, as well as non-perishables. “It started life as a pop-up in Dalston and is now closed temporarily, but is set to reopen at a new site in Hackney at the end of July.

They add “now, there are a number of other zero-waste shops in London including The Harmless Store, Hetu near Clapham Junction and BYO London, which opened in Tooting Market last summer”.

In Totnes at Earth.Food.Love, everything is organic, as well as packaging free. In their ‘ethos’ statement they say “Earth.Food.Love is an organic, wholefoods, zero-waste shop based in Totnes, South Devon. We want to live in a world where consuming doesn’t have to cost the earth! Focusing on creating a better future, we decided to look back to the past, where eating real food with minimal packaging was normal practice. We believe returning to these simple ways will benefit not only our health, but the planets too.

They offer over 100 loose, self-serve products, including both food and toiletries such as toothbrushes, shampoo and plastic-free feminine hygiene products, as well as Greenscents cleaning products.
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The article in the Telegraph goes on to explain “The Clean Kilo, Birmingham claims to be the UK’s largest zero waste food shop, and is a farm shop which sells not only non-perishable cereals and grains but also loose fruit and veg, freshly squeezed orange juice, delicatessen items, eggs and homemade cakes.

They say on their instagram feed “we have been open 4 months and saved over 30,000 pieces of plastic going to landfill, or worse still, the ocean.”

Zero Waste Shops appear to be growing across the country at an almost exponential rate, combining the notion of localism and the need to reduce plastic and packaging ‘chiming’ in cities and with rural audiences.

On 27 June the Hastings Observer noted, “a new plastic-free refill shop will be the first of its kind in the local area … with over 100 refill stores springing up in high streets all over the UK”.

There also appears to be a plan in Heathfield for a zero waste shop.

In an earlier post about the possibility of a zero waste shop in Pevensey Bay, regular Bay Life reader Jan Barron commented, “what a brilliant idea”.

Commenting on the news today, local Pevensey Bay artist, Ben Dawson, said, “I would support this enthusiastically!! As would many more! X please do it!”.

Pip Reed commented, ‘Do it, do it, do it! Be great.’

The approach by an established business to gauge interest in a zero waste shop in Pevensey Bay is likely to be greeted with more interest by local people.