GRAND OPENING – ZERO WASTE SHOP IN BIRMINGHAM – THE CLEAN KILO

Hello and welcome back!

As you can tell by the title, Birmingham City has gotten just that much more amazing than it was before. On Saturday June 16th THE CLEAN KILO opened their doors to their first customers. Even the owner of the shop, Tom Pell, was taken by surprise at the amount of people that turned up for the grand opening. We were definitely close to a hundred. It’s amazing to see so many different people in different age groups doing the little things, like shopping waste free, and making big changes for the environment. Plastic pollution is extremely serious issue. It’s killing marine animals, wildlife and is poisoning us humans too. Every piece of plastic ever created still exists. We, as consumers, have all the power to say no to plastic, our money is our vote! And Earth is our home.

I loved seeing so many conscious individuals supporting such incredible cause. I can predict massive success and many great opportunities for THE CLEAN KILO and their amazing team.

So, what can you buy in the zero waste supermarket, you might ask? And the answer is EVERYTHING YOU NEED. They thought of everything! You can buy all kinds of pasta, rice, pulses, grains, nuts, seeds, cereals, baking powders, sugars, teas and coffees, plant milk, oils, herbs and spices, baked goods, fresh and locally sourced organic produce, toiletries, reusable bottles, jars, tea caddies and even BIO housecleaning and washing supplies. And the most amazing thing is that you can buy as little or as much of everything you need. You bring your own container, weigh it, fill it, re-weigh and pay.

I wanted to show you guys exactly what you’d get by shopping waste free, so I took many photos of this lovely place. Scroll down till the end for tips and tricks how to cut down on your plastic use.

THE CLEAN KILO is situated right on the corner of High Street and Gibb Street in Digbeth, The Custard Factory.

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I hope this has given you some insight on what you can find in the zero waste supermarket. Prices are incredible, especially for organic and locally sourced products. If you live in Birmingham or near, I hope you’ll find time to pay them a visit. It’s an experience in itself to shop there.

But, like promised, I’ll give you some simple tips to cut down on plastic use in your every day life.

First off, try to replace single use plastic with reusable items that will last you for years. Such as water bottle, coffee/tea cup (like the bamboo cup from THE CLEAN KILO), metal straws, bamboo toothbrushes and reusable produce and shopping bags.

It’s really important to make these little changes, because, for example – plastic toothbrush will decompose for up to 500 years. Single use plastic bag on average is used for 12 minutes, but it will decompose for up to 1000 years. And we’ve been using plastic for only 50 years and it already has become one of the most destructive things ever created.

My personal favorites and recommendations are: CLICK THE LINK TO SHOP

Bamboo Toothbrushes Set of 4 or a Single Bamboo Tooth Brush

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Organic Natural Bamboo Cup Set of 3 400ml or Single Bamboo Cup These cups are biodegradable designed with fun and outstanding prints.

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Metal Straws 

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Reusable Organic Cotton Produce Bags

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle 600ml that will last you a lifetime.

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Please let me know what are your favorite zero waste products. Or if this blog has inspired you to cut down on plastic use? I’m only a beginner myself and have a long way to go, but we all have to start somewhere. I believe that we all truly care about our planet and I hope that each and everyone’s actions speak louder than their words!

Thank you for reading and I will see you very soon with another post!

 

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