An eco-revolution is taking place in Britain and Pack It In Zero Waste Living is doing its green bit in Worcester city centre to help save the planet from plastics and other harmful products.
Based in The Gallery – the Old Market Hall in The Shambles – Pack It In invites customers to take along their own reusable containers and fill them from a wide and increasing range of unpackaged products. These include foods such as cereals, grains, seeds and nuts, dried fruits, pasta, flour, herbs and spices. Non-food items range from household cleaners to personal care products such as shampoo and soaps; and, of course, refillable containers.
Shoppers arrive with their own jars, bottles, tubs, boxes and bags and have them weighed. They take their pick of commodities, fill the containers and have them weighed again. They then pay for exactly the amount they want and leave happy.
Owner Phillipa Gilfillan has long supported recycling and the aim of a zero waste society. Through her shop she gives people a convenient way to shop sustainably by buying products without plastic wrappings or other eco-nasties such as palm oil. Much that she sells is vegan friendly, organic and locally sourced or Fair Trade.
“An increasing number of people want to shop this way,” says Phillipa,” And they are getting more choice of products month on month.”