Thank you to everyone who has responded to our survey on the idea of a zero waste shop. We received 238 responses, 186 electronically and 52 on paper. The results showed that 96% supported the idea, 71% would purchase goods with another 22% responding maybe. 59% of those responding lived in Haltwhistle, 37% in the surrounding parishes and 4% elsewhere. As a result, in Partnership with Another Weigh in Penrith and Kendal, we are investigating setting up the shop and applying for funding for the necessary costs. Please note that the shop will not sell any items that are already available for sale in this way in Haltwhistle.
“The concept is simple. Bring your own containers, fill them and pay by weight. When they are empty, bring them back and refill them. By re-using, we will help you to reduce waste. Our aim is to do this at as low a cost as possible – to both our customers and to the planet.” Another Weigh, Penrith
Zero Waste shops are beginning to emerge, mainly in urban locations, as a response to climate change, the rapid growth in plastic packaging and a desire by consumers to reduce the consumption of resources. How it works
Shoppers at Zero Waste shops usually follow the process below:
1. Bring their own container to the shop. Weigh the container and print a label.
2. Fill the container with as much or as little as they want.
3. Scan their label and reweigh the filled container
Zero Waste stores usually charge an annual membership fee in exchange for a discount on all food purchases (e.g. £30 annual membership in exchange for 10% discount, £15 for pensioners and free for those on benefits).
The shop would also be an information point for anything to do with recycling, reusing and reducing waste. The shop would be run by a paid manager with help from volunteers. Any surplus funds generated will be shared between the Haltwhistle Partnership for projects in and around Haltwhistle and Another Way, an educational charity that helps people lead a more sustainable life. We also hope to be able to offer work placements to those wanting to return to work and to young people.
We look forward to hearing from you.