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Zero Waste London Mail

July 21 · Issue #12 · View online

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Hello friends!
The first report on plastic free shops in continental Europe was published at the end of June. It’s based on data collected by 268 shops across 10 countries.
The study - conducted by London consultancy Eunomia on behalf of French package free trade organisation Réseau vrac and the NGO Zero Waste Europe - has identified very strong growth in the sector, with increasing numbers of shops, jobs and sales turnover achieved over the past 5-10 years. 
It also gives an estimate of the amount of packaging avoided by those bulk shops - 1 tonne of packaging per year per shop. Another bonus is that those independent shops source their supplies from closer suppliers compared to traditional shops.
“Yes, bit what about Covid”, I hear you say.
There is no doubt that Covid has generated a lot of single plastic packaging but recent news coming from France - where package free shopping is bouncing back - and anecdotal evidence here in the UK show that the demand for package free products has stayed strong.
Tesco is trialling a scheme in the UK where online shoppers will get products in reusable packaging while online independent retailer Good Club is trialling its zero waste delivery box (see below) after a very successful first year.
There also some positive - albeit anecdotal - signs coming from the independent sector. Patoka, which had a stall in Wembley market since last summer, is soon moving to bigger premises to a yet to be disclosed location in North West London. Also, specialist consultancy Unpackaged latest workshop on how to set up an independent zero waste shop was sold out earlier this month.
Whether package free retail thrives is largely dependent on us.
Every time we spend money, we’re casting a vote for the kind of world we want, to quote American sustainability expert Anna Lappé.
Let’s not waste these many opportunities to turn the tide on plastic.

The News 🔔
Online sustainable supermarket Good Club is trialling its zero waste delivery box. 😍
With interest in home-delivered staple grocery products increasing since the Covid-19 crisis, the retailer has opened its first distribution hub in North London to support the increased demand and accelerate sales further.
The company, whose mission is to sell sustainable products at affordable prices via a membership scheme, has successfully raised nearly £900k on Crowdcube, one week before the campaign comes to an end.
This is the second Crowdcube raise already for Good Club.
Since its first raise last year, the company’s revenue has grown over 1200% to £234k in May 2020 with almost 3,000 monthly customers.
👉 To sign up for the trialling of the zero waste box, click here.
👉 To find out more about Good club’s zero waste venture, visit their Medium page.
The Competition✍️
Think & Do Camden and Camden Climate Change Alliance are organising a competition for students of primary schools and secondary schools in Camden.
‘Could you come up with a creative, eco-friendly recipe that, while being delicious and nutritious, also considers the ecological impact of its ingredients and ensures nothing gets wasted?’
You can use BBC Climate change food calculator here to work out how sustainable your recipe (and overall diet) is. It’s a very useful tool!
Winning entries will be considered as options to be offered in the school canteen. Find out more about it here.
Deadline : September 15th
The Events 👁
Hackney residents are invited to join Plastic-Free Hackney on Instagram on Thursday afternoon to test their plastic knowledge with a fun interactive online quiz!
‘As Hackney moves to a fortnightly black bin waste collection early next year now is the time to get your bins in order! In this fun interactive session we’ll talk about what plastics can and can’t be recycled, ways to cut down on your plastic usage and be on hand to answer all of your rubbish questions’, Plastic Free Hackney promises.
When? This Thursday afternoon
How to join? Click here to sign up to the event. It’s free and there are prizes to win!
👉 Food waste prevention online seminar
The Waste Prevention Team at the North London Waste Authority regularly deliver face to face presentations to a range of residents and community groups across North London.
Due to COVID-19 they have decided to run these presentations online instead.
You will learn about:
  • Food waste and much is produced in the UK each year,
  • Environmental impacts of food waste,
  • Helpful tips and tricks to save money and reduce food waste at home.
When? Thursday 2.30pm-3.15pm
How to join? Sign up here. It’s free.
The Grants💰
Grants can
Grants can
WRAP UK, the leading waste reduction organisation in the UK, is giving out grants to small not-for-profit (NFP) organisations who can redistribute surplus food from retailers, wholesalers, and food manufacturers to people in need or those considered vulnerable.
This £1 million grant scheme is open to micro-to-small sized NFP operations that currently operate food redistribution activity. Eligible applicants may apply for grants of between £5,000 and £15,000. The grant may be used to fund the eligible capital and revenue costs.
Deadline: August 28th
Apply here.
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