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Fleet refill shop helps consumers ditch packaging and cut their carbon

If you’re looking for some simple ways to reduce your carbon footprint, start by answering these questions about how and where you shop.

  1. Do your groceries come in unnecessary packaging that quickly ends up in the recycling bin or general waste?

  2. Are they ethically produced from sustainable sources that protect the environment?

If you answered yes to the first question and no to the second, there’s a shop in Fleet that could help. Fleet Scoop specialises in zero waste and environmentally friendly products.

Scoop Fleet shop front

Fleet Scoop is a ‘refill shop’ that encourages customers to think carefully about what they buy. It sells products unpackaged or in minimal packaging.

They’re sustainable, come via ethical supply chains and are sourced as locally as possible.

All kinds of refills are available in the 1,000-plus product range. Foods include nuts and cereals, dried fruit, coffee, tea, herbs, spices and sauces. Non-food products include soap, shampoo, body lotion and laundry and washing-up liquids.

So how does it work?

Bring your containers to the shop and get them weighed. Then fill them with the products you want and pay for them. It’s as simple as that. By using the same containers time after time you’ll cut back drastically on the packaging you consume.

Founder Kate Cottrell says the environmental benefits quickly add up.

"By refilling your washing up liquid, you could be saving ten plastic bottles a year," she says. "And the carbon footprint of their creation, transportation and recycling. When multiplied by ten people, that’s already 100 bottles saved. Multiply that by the 97,000 people in Hart and we are on to a winner!”

And Fleet Scoop is more than just a shop. It holds workshops and hosts talks for local schools and community groups.

It works with other businesses to help them make changes which can benefit us all.

Kate says: “I’d love to see a world where this kind of shopping and awareness is the norm and where we make conscious decisions about what we buy. You can make a big impact through small changes.”

Check out the Fleet Scoop website

Food jars at Fleet Scoop
Grass growing in untidy tufts

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