Zero-waste shopping

Being an earth conscious consumer can be overwhelming. Dame Jane Goodall said it best:

“You can’t live through a day without making an impact on the world. And what’s most important is to think about the impact of your actions on the world around you.”

Over the years we have bought into convenience, excessive packaging, disposable items, fast fashion and the “next big thing we all need to have” without really thinking about the consequences for our planet or ourselves. We are literally consuming our home!

Zero-waste has a big role to play in reducing the negative impact we are having on this beautiful pale blue dot. It’s a philosophy of least harm that aims to prevent waste from being released into the environment where it causes harm to ecosystems, humans and non-human animals. That sounds like an impossible challenge but, as we’re proving at Full Circle™, Cambridge’s zero-waste shop, knowhow, creativity, planning and patience makes zero-waste possible. It really is much easier than you think.

Here’s a list of all the little things you can do to start your zero waste journey:

  • Refill your shampoo/shower bottles or switch to solid bars
  • Bring a bag to buy packaging free fruits and vegetables
  • Bring bags and/or jars to refill with dry foods sucha as pasta, rice, beans, coffee etc…
  • Switch everyday life items to more sustainable options such as compostable sponges, bamboo toothbrushes, packaging free dental tablets…
  • Refuse single use items by getting a reusable cup, using soy wax wraps instead of clingfilm, switching to a safety razor…

By shopping zero-waste, it also allows you to also buy as much or as little as you need which prevents overbuying and food waste, which in the UK amounts to 20m tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year – the same emissions as 3.5m cars.

So grab your reusables and let’s change the world one refill at a time!

Watch the following video to see how easy, and enjoyable zero-waste shopping can be:

Full Circle

Full Circle is a zero-waste shop aimed at helping you embrace a low impact lifestyle by offering environmentally friendly products and food without any unnecessary packaging. All our products are vegan, cruelty-free, use minimal packaging and are carefully selected to do the least harm to the environment, human and non human animals. We believe in the local and circular economy and work with customers, suppliers and partners to make the circular economy a reality and not just a buzz-phrase. Finally, we will always do our best to empower individuals, communities and businesses to be plastic free and environmentally conscious in Cambridge and beyond.

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