zero waste: refills and loose commodities

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loose commodities

We are now selling loose commodities at the counter again. The increased interest in sustainable shopping and the zero waste movement recently  has meant we have been able to reintroduce this service to the shop.  We can refill any bags you are using, or give you one to reuse. You can bring your own containers . By buying in bulk for our refill centre we can reduce packaging and waste, and  help keep prices down for you in-store. All our  commodities are sourced from Suma wholefoods

Sourcing

      Suma were recently voted most trusted brand over the last 15 years by readers of ethical consumer magazine. Suma have pioneered sustainable living since 1977 and have been our main supplier since 1999. Most of our  loose commodities are organic. And each loose commodity offers the best price for that product in the shop. So they are a great way to buy organic commodities, shop plastic free and keep your spending down in-store. Here’s some of our current range. 

Prices

organic porridge oats  

20p/100g

organic shortgrain brown rice   35p/100g
organic red lentils     25p/100g
organic delux museli   45p/100g
organic basmati white   40p/100g
organic pumpkin seeds   80p/100g
organic raisins     60p/100g
organic sunflower seeds   40p/100g
organic basmati brown   40p/100g
organic cane sugar     40p/100g
organic seasame seeds  

50p/100g

organic golden linseed   45p/100g
organic ground almonds   £1.75/100g
organic sultanas     60p/100g
organic white penne   25p/100g
organic brown fusilli   25p/100g

 

 

Other goods ?

We have more loose commodities in-store so please ask at the counter. 

We also have lots of popular organic commodities in our pre-packed kilo bags at good prices, such as organic fruits like dates and prunes.  And we sell a wide range of commodities in smaller sizes in Suma’s prepacked eco-bags. These small bags are designed to be lightweight so you can still help cut down on packing when you buy these.  All our pre-packaged bags are single polymer, have a low carbon footprint and are recycle ready. 

 

  Household Refills

Our loose commodity station is new  in-store but we’ve been spilling and slipping on cleaning refills for around 20 years.

We currently refill:

Shampoo – Conditioner – Body wash – Washing up liquid – Hand soap – All purpose cleaner –  Laundry liquid – Toilet cleaner  – Fabric conditioner. 

Here’s a quick pick of the sort of plastic you can be re-using.

 

 

We make an attempt to refill all containers you bring to the shop for household cleaning products. But we find bottles do need to have a nozzle as big as a standard washing up bottle. It also helps to  know the size of the bottle.

Prices

Our household and bodycare refills are priced at least 10 percent below their packaged shop equivalent – so when you refill instead of just buying another container you save at least 10 percent in-store.

All our household and body care refills are  made by Suma, and we sell all their branded goods at or below their RRP in-store.  Refills of ecoleaf washing up liquid is £2/litre and refills of ecoleaf laundry liquid are £5.50/1.5litre. All of the containers we use for these products are returned for re-use and recycling to Suma’s manufacturing plant. 

If you don’t fancy bringing your bottle back each time it runs out,  you can always buy a 5 litre tubs with a reusable pump. When you return a 5 litre tub we will make sure  it goes back to Suma for recycling at their manufacturing plant. 

Sustainability and Zero-waste  

Our refill and loose commodity service is still developing . And our journey to reduce and improve our packaging in-store is on-going, and part of our commitment to support the Zero waste and closed loop approach to resource usage.  We have our own independent recycling contract and compost all our food waste. And we continue to examine the long term implications of  how we run our business internally, and how we present goods to our customers at the point of sale.

We also approach all our business with the long term financial future of the shop in mind . We are keen to establish mutually supportive  and stable relationships with our suppliers and  we value the support of our regular customers . Our aim is to develop the shop as a long term resource for our community.  And as an independent store  we re-invest profit in the business.  Adding  our counter refill station last year was an example of what  we are able to achieve with our customer’s continued support. 

 

 

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