Zero waste initiative takes off at Health Foods For You shop in Sudbury
Health food shop owner Jane Pearson is delighted with the feedback she has received after introducing a zero waste initiative in her shop.
Health Foods For You in North Street, Sudbury, encourages customers to bring in their own containers to buy a range of food and household products from dispensers, cutting out plastic wrapping.
Customers can buy as a little or as much as they want, and save money in the process by reusing their own bottles, mason or jam jars, ice cream tubs, or things like previously-used shower or shampoo bottles, and even lunch boxes.
Jane said she is Sudbury’s first zero waste shop and the unique scheme has received the overwhelming backing of customers in a bid to save on plastic and reduce their carbon footprint.
“I have been most encouraged by the support our customers are showing for the scheme,” she said.
“There’s the feel good factor of knowing you are doing something positive for the environment, as well as the savings you are making because it costs less to buy in this way.”
She added: “You feel like you are making a difference in terms of reducing your carbon footprint.
“If we all changed at least one item in our household to this method, we’d be reducing our plastic waste, which makes a difference.”
Jane said that her independent shop has earned a reputation from customers as a go-to resource for help with speciality foods and dietary requirements.
She opened it nearly seven years ago in Friars Street, before moving to North Street.
“Over the years, people have recognised that Health Foods For You can help them find what they need,” she said.
“People come in and say they’ve been diagnosed with something and ask if we can help them source a particular item.
“We’ve had to earn that reputation for supporting people.”
Zero waste items include organic self-service products such as grains, nuts, soya mince, seeds, rice, dried fruits and loose-leaf teas.
There are also personal care products available, ranging from shampoo, conditioner and shower gel.
“People love coming in and filling up their own containers; they can get as little or as much as they need every time,” added Jane.