[007] – SHOPPING PLASTIC FREE WITHOUT A LOCAL ZERO WASTE SHOP - Sustainable(ish)

[007] – SHOPPING PLASTIC FREE WITHOUT A LOCAL ZERO WASTE SHOP

In this episode of the Sustainable Life podcast I’m chatting to Kim Tew, the founder of Plastic Free Pantry which is the UK’s first plastic free online food shop.

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Plastic is big news right now, and it feels like the rest of the world is finally waking up to the scale of the issue and starting to look around for ways to reduce the amount of single use plastics being used and then simply thrown away each day. We’re starting to realise that there is actually no ‘away’, that our rubbish has to  go somewhere. And that in the case of plastics it may well be sitting in landfill or in our oceans and waterways for the next several hundred years.

As a result, many of us are starting to scrutinise the contents of our own bins much more closely (who said sustainable living wasn’t glamorous?!) and finding that  plastic packaging from food makes up a significant portion of the contents.
Here in the UK, bulk aisles in supermarkets aren’t commonplace as they are in the US, meaning that all of our pantry staples, things like pasta and rice, and dried fruit come in plastic packaging which is often not easily recycled.
Thankfully, more and more zero waste or bulk stores are opening up around the UK, but what happens if, like me, you don’t have one near you?

This is where Plastic Free Pantry comes in – it is SUCH a genius idea, and one I totally wish I had come up with!
You can simply go online and order those pantry staples, the pasta, the rice, the dried fruit, and even things like cocoa, or muesli, and they get delivered to your house in compostable packaging!
The business is only 6 months old as we record this in June 2018, and Kim herself says it has been something of a whirlwind, but I think she is really on to something with this idea, and I can only see it going from strength to strength.

So grab a plastic free cuppa, get comfy and listen in to this inspiring tale of one person’s determination to take action on plastic pollution.

Some of Kim's Top Tips

  • Go slowly – look at what your biggest culprits are and do one thing at a time
  • Talk to others to help you realise that you’re part of a collective action

ACTION
YOU CAN TAKE AFTER LISTENING

BABY STEPS
  • Scrutinise your bin and identify your three biggest culprits
  • Pick up 10 pieces of litter and share a picture on social media with the hashtag #pfpfor10
  • Find a Facebook group for support and advice - I'd love you to join A Sustainable Life!
BIGGER STEPS
  • Commit to taking action on ONE of your three big bin culprits, and set yourself a deadline!
  • Place a trial order with Plastic Free Pantry
GREAT STRIDES
  • Set up your own Zero Waste Shop! This could be a pop-up, a market stall, at a Food Assembly, a mobile van, or a bricks and mortar shop. But dare to dream!

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