Today I’m here in Canterbury at Canterbury’s
first zero waste store, Unboxed. As you can see, this shop is a grade two listed building
and they’ve kept the store in keeping with the rest of the street. Let’s go in and see
what it’s all about. Natalie: Hi, Eve. What a wonderful shop you’ve
got here. Eve: Thank you.
Natalie: What is the aim of the shop? Eve: Our shop is all about the environmental
impact and our aim is not to send anybody out with any packaging, that’s single-use
plastics. We provide paper bags but we really like when people bring their own containers
because we have this self-service scale where you simply put your container on there and
you tare it so the weight goes back to zero, and you fill up with any of our dried goods.
Natalie: This is my ideal shop, I guess. Eve: Yeah.
Natalie: What kind of containers would we bring? Would we bring some paper bags or would
we bring some Mason jars? Eve: Some people do. Yeah, jars are perfect,
even Tupperware. They are plastic but they’re multi-use, so it’s all right.
Natalie: Yeah. Eve: We have people bring old tins from teas
and stuff like that, just anything really. Reusing is great, so yeah.
Natalie: Yeah. Eve: Anything that will fit under here because
if there’s anything too big you can’t actually get under there.
Natalie: Is this Canterbury’s first zero waste shop?
Eve: Yeah, it’s actually Kent’s first zero waste shop.
Natalie: Oh, wow. Eve: So, yeah, we’re the only ones so far
in the county. Natalie: Yeah.
Eve: They’ve been seeing more spring up, but yeah, at the moment, it’s just us.
Natalie: Is this is an idea that’s been going on for a while?
Eve: Well, it’s actually taking a look back to sort of my grandparents age, back when
things were always like this with just paper bags and no plastic involved. But, we’ve kind
of lost sight of that so recently, I think in the last 10 years, it’s kind of sprung
back up. Natalie: Yeah, yeah. We’re all trying to reduce
our plastic now that we’re seeing films of what’s happening to the ocean and the environment
and landfill. We all don’t want any more of that, so I think this is a fantastic shop.
Natalie: Thanks so much for watching this video and thank you, Eve, for showing us around
this wonderful shop. Eve: Thank you for coming in.
Natalie: I hope all of you people in Kent are going to come and visit real soon.