Zero-waste shop opens in Nailsea
PUBLISHED: 12:00 07 March 2019
A woman is paving the way for plastic packaging to become obsolete after opening her first shop in Nailsea.
Bethan Walker, aged 25 of Nailsea, opened the doors to Simply Green Zero Waste in the town’s High Street on Saturday.
She is hoping people will be encouraged to ditch the plastic in an attempt to save the planet and its resources.
The young entrepreneur has been running a zero-waste market in Nailsea since November and has set up her shop with the help of a small inheritance from her grandparents.
Simply Green sells a variety of natural products, and people are being encouraged to bring in their own reusable containers when buying from the store.
Bethan said: “I’m feeling really positive, it’s quite scary but I’m very excited.”
“All sorts of things have been coming together at the same time, and I’m looking forward to running the shop in Nailsea.”
Bethan went to school in Backwell before going on to complete a biology degree at Leeds University.
She continued: “When I spent time living in Australia in Melbourne, I realised how much the country contributed to reducing plastic waste, and people got really into it.
“I was becoming more aware about the volume of plastic we were throwing away and I started thinking about how people could reduce the amount they use by offering something similar in Nailsea.
“We sell pasta, rice, pluses and grains, cereals, herbs and spices – as well as health-conscious cleaning products, soaps and shampoos.”
Bethan attends Nailsea Farmers’ Market selling environmentally-friendly products on the third Saturday of the month.
She continued: “I’m going to carry on doing the markets for as long as I can while running the shop.”
“I have become a lot more aware of how important it is to protect the environment since studying my degree, and how vital it is to make sure we can all do our part to help the planet.”
The shop is due to be open from Monday to Saturday.
Bethan will be attending the market, in Somerset Square, on March 16 from 9am-1pm.
For more information, visit www.simplygreenzerowaste.co.uk
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