I’m sure it’s not just in the UK that there’s been a push recently to reduce our reliance on plastic. In Scotland, the government introduced charges for plastic bags a couple of years ago and more and more coffee shops are offering discounts for bringing your own take-away cup. The Eco Larder in Edinburgh’s Haymarket however is taking being plastic-free further.
Yes, the entire shop is plastic-free! It takes a bit of getting used to when you first visit. Shoppers can buy reusable containers in store or bring their own. You weigh your container and get a sticker to record the weight when empty. Then you’re free to shop fresh fruit and veg, beans, pulses, cereals, spices, cleaning products, bath goods – the list goes on! They even make their own fresh nut butter and orange juice in store.
Once you’ve filled your container you then reweigh it and get another sticker to take to the till and pay. Usually, you’ll be served by either Stephanie or Matt, the couple behind the Eco Larder. If you’ve any questions about the produce or the process of weighing/reweighing they are more than happy to help.
As well as being a great way to reduce the amount of plastic you use and a lovely, friendly place to shop, the Eco-Larder put on regular events, from workshops to beach cleans and also host a yoga studio! I’ve not been to any classes but the lunchtime meditation sounds amazing!