Locavore Grocery, Scotland's first social enterprise supermarket, has opened its doors in Govanhill, Glasgow offering plenty of packaging-free produce and organic groceries.
An offshoot of a community food hub that already supplies locally produced veg boxes across central Scotland, the new Locavore Grocery is home to the first fully organic cafe in Glasgow and to the country's first milk vending machine. By bringing in their own bottles to refill, shoppers will help save over 100 plastic bottles per day.
"Customers love these options, as they're able to come in and pick up a variety of products and foods without bringing home a pile of useless packaging that would simply have to be binned, or possibly recycled," says Reuben Chesters, Managing Director, Locavore Community Interest company.
"We see Locavore going from strength-to-strength based on customer demand for packaging-free options, and I think other businesses should look at how they can follow suit."
Locavore Grocery has received funding from Zero Waste Scotland, which is looking to support more businesses working to reduce plastic and packaging waste.
Warren McIntyre, Programme Manager, Resource Efficiency, Zero Waste Scotland, comments: "Shoppers are increasingly concerned about single-use packaging which is often not, or can't be, recycled. While packaging has a role to play in ensuring food and other products reach consumers in good condition, businesses such as Locavore show that it can be reduced – and that's extremely popular with shoppers."
The store keeps proper supermarket hours too (8am to 8pm every day) so it's a real alternative to less sustainable mainstream shopping.