The latest, Scoop Wholefoods, opened a few weeks ago in one of north Bristol's main shopping streets, Whiteladies Road. The shop, in the former Phase 8 premises, looks set to become a go-to destination for Bristolians looking for goods that won't cost the Earth.
Stephie Mizzi, who owns the new store, says that she wants sustainability and ecological awareness to run through every part of Scoop Wholefoods' business. She has committed to reducing waste to an absolute minimum, partly by shortening supply chains as much as possible. Customers at the Bristol shop can expect a strong focus on locally produced goods.
Scoop Wholefoods will entirely do away with old-fashioned, environmentally unfriendly plastic bags and boxes. Instead, a range of more sustainable options will be offered. Customers will be able to take their own reusable boxes to buy food from bulk containers, while glass will replace plastic for items such as bottled liquids. There'll also be recycled paper bags available at the shop.
Scoop Wholefoods will offer Bristol's canny consumers a wide range of products. These will include zero waste staples such as seeds, nuts and spices, but there'll be plenty more to discover. Treats like ethically sourced chocolate will be on the shelves too, as will home care products such as washing-up liquid and bathroom cleaners. There'll even be a range of baby care products.
Bristol has steadily built a reputation for its environmental awareness, with local co-operatives and shops recycling waste products springing up across the city. The opening of this new zero waste shop on Whiteladies Road marks a new stage in the process, taking the concept to one of the city's busiest main roads. Time will tell whether Bristolians take Scoop Wholefoods' zero waste concept to their hearts.
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