Birmingham’s First Plastic-Free Supermarket Is Now Open
Birmingham’s first ever zero waste shop has officially opened. Located at the Custard Factory, The Clean Kilo will be an everyday-use shop where virtually no plastic packaging exists and where customers can bring their own reusable containers to fill with the products on sale.
Having run a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter, The Clean Kilo has now set up shop in Digbeth. With the ‘zero waste’ concept picking up notoriety, shoppers at the new mini-supermarket use any container they like in order to buy products from the store; as long as it’s clean and fits on the scales.
As will as being able to bring your own, there will also be containers that customers can buy, or they can use the provided free paper bags. Whichever container you use, the process is simple enough. First, you weigh your packaging, then fill it, before returning to the scales and heading to the till. Simple.
Products on sale includes the likes of cereals, nuts, fruit, vegetables, oils, grains, teas and ground coffee. But there is also freshly baked bread sold, as well as eggs and chocolate. There are even some plastic-free toiletries available, meaning in theory it’s suitable for your weekend shop.
The Clean Kilo is located at 1 Gibb Street, B9 4AA and is open seven days a week. There are two hour closing slot during the day, so head over to The Clean Kilo Website to check opening hours.
Last month, a zero waste pop-up restaurant opened in New York City, with food made from predominantly by-products and all furniture made from recycled packaging.