Woman's mission to reduce plastic waste in Nailsea
PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 November 2018
A woman who is passionate about reducing waste is hoping to set up a new shop to help people to become more environmentally friendly.
Bethan Walker, from Nailsea, has started Simply Green Zero Waste to enable people to buy what they need rather than paying for large packets of food which is often wasted.
It is Bethan’s first business venture and she came up with the idea after spending time in Australia.
She said: “Over the past couple of years I feel my awareness of the effect we are having on this planet has increased so much.
“This was in part a result of studying biology at university, from seeing the effects we are having on developing countries firsthand during my travels to Indonesia, Vietnam and South America, as well as from my time living in Melbourne where there was a big culture of shopping locally and independently, while moving away from single-use plastic as much as possible.
“It was there I realised that if the options are available, there are lots of relatively small and easy changes we can make to reduce our impact on the planet.
“I started using zero-waste and bulk food stores and I loved it, and I wanted try to establish a local option for people around this area.
“The idea is people can bring their own containers and fill them up with products that would normally be packaged in single use, non-recyclable plastic in most supermarkets.
“Shopping this way also means that people can buy as little or as much as they need or want, which should help to reduce food waste as well.”
Bethan ran a stall at Nailsea farmers’ market on Saturday but is keen to find a permanent base .
She said: “I’m really encouraged by all of the positive feedback and interest in this way of shopping this weekend.
“I think the people of Nailsea and its surrounding areas are ready to move away from single-use plastic in their day to day lives and I am really pleased to be able to provide them with the option.
“I am going to be at some more markets over the Christmas period and I’m am hoping to find a suitable premises in Nailsea town centre as soon as possible.”
Find out where Bethan will run her stall at www.simplygreen zerowaste.co.uk