The Package Free Larder needs you!
The effects of unsustainable living can be seen on a daily basis in our coastal city with plastic pollution strewn across beaches. A movement has begun to stop the negative impact each shopping trip has on the environment by providing a local solution to our waste production. By supporting The Package Free Larder you can be a part of it too.
Shamefully Portsmouth has one of the lowest rates of recycling in the UK, coming in at 321st out of 345 local authorities for the period of April 2017 to March 2018. Only 24.8% of household waste collected in our city is sent to be reused, recycled or composted. To help combat this problem The Package Free Larder aspires to be the first community-led plastic-free supermarket in Portsmouth. Led by Delphine Laveyne, the founder of Zero Waste Portsmouth, a group of local, like-minded volunteers have been working towards realising this dream.
Throughout this project there has been support from the local community, highlighting the demand for more eco-friendly lifestyle options. Within the city several businesses and individuals are already striving to make a difference by encouraging a zero-waste lifestyle but much more can and needs to be done.
The goal of this project is to make plastic-free shopping easy and accessible to everyone, with prices, range of stock and opening hours more comparable to the large supermarkets, as well as creating an inclusive community hub. By making it easier for everyone to make some eco-friendly changes, overall it will have a huge benefit on our local environment and community.
Once open, the shop will supply your everyday groceries and household items plastic-free, and where possible package-free, along with the one-off purchase items which can help you live more zero-waste. As part of the community hub, workshops will be held to share ideas and skills for minimising waste and living more sustainably.
They now need your help. If £40,000 are raised by August 6th, they will work hard to get the shop open in early 2020. To date, over £20,000 have been generously donated.
The more money that can be raised, the more the issue is talked about and the more we share solutions, then the sooner we can free Portsmouth from unnecessary packaging and return it to a cleaner environment to be enjoyed into the future.
Ways you can help: