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Zero waste shopping made easier

Posted on Wednesday 5 May 2021

Our members and staff  spent the Bank Holiday re-organising True Food Co-op to make more space for zero waste organic loose foods and provide easier access to refill household cleaning items.

64 zero waste organic foods are currently available: cereals and flakes, beans and pulses, nuts and seeds, dried fruit, rice and grains, pasta, nutritional yeast and even chocolate buttons. 21 household cleaning and body care zero waste refill products are also on offer, such as washing up liquid, hand soap, body wash and a variety of shampoo and conditioners. This move makes space for even more products and we will be canvassing member and customer views on what more they want to see in store.

 This project was delivered by 14 of our 80 current members, who all contribute their time and skills to make the business a success.

Shop Manager Kat Boult said: ‘I’m really excited to work with our members to make these changes as we’re making it even easier for our customers to shop zero waste foods and refills, as well as making more space to increase our range. There’s increasing interest in shopping this way and although we’ve been offering it for years – we hope our changes encourage even more people to feel welcome at our shop and have a go at reducing their plastic use’.

Long serving True Food member Michael Bright said: ‘I was happy to give up my b/h to work at True Food on the layout changes.  I've got an engineering background so enjoy working on maintenance tasks and I mainly assisted by putting up new shelving for the loose food goods.  Spending the day working with my fellow members and seeing the difference it will make for customers makes it all worthwhile.’

We have built up our zero waste loose foods and household cleaning refills since our Emmer Green shop opened in 2010. We are part of a growing network of independent shops that are offering zero waste food and household refills in Reading and the surrounding area.

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