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Health food shop cracks down on waste

PUBLISHED: 12:12 19 March 2019 | UPDATED: 20:34 21 March 2019

Jane Pearson said shoppers were increasingly unhappy about plastics and excessive food packaging Picture: MARK LANGFORD

Jane Pearson said shoppers were increasingly unhappy about plastics and excessive food packaging Picture: MARK LANGFORD

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A Sudbury health shop has launched the town's first zero-waste food range.

Health Foods For You in North Street, Sudbury Picture: MARK LANGFORDHealth Foods For You in North Street, Sudbury Picture: MARK LANGFORD

Health Foods For You in North Street is selling loose organic produce such as tea, nuts, grains and pulses without packaging.

Customers just bring their own containers and fill up from the storage dispensers - and if they don’t have their own they can use bio-degradable bags supplied by the shop.

They can also do the same by bringing their own containers for products such as soaps, detergents and shampoos.

Owner Jane Pearson said her system eliminates environmentally harmful and wasteful plastic packaging.

Customers can bring their own pots, bags or containers or use the bio-degradeable bags supplied by the shop. Picture: MARK LANGFORDCustomers can bring their own pots, bags or containers or use the bio-degradeable bags supplied by the shop. Picture: MARK LANGFORD

She said customers were increasingly aware of the harmful effects of plastic in everyday life and wanted something different.

“People are increasingly seeking places where they can buy and do this sort of thing,” she said.

“We get lots of calls asking ‘do you stock this’ or ‘do you stock that’, and if we don’t stock it then we can source it.”

Jane said the zero-waste range is grown or sourced locally, which cuts down on food miles.

Jane Pearson with assistant Katie Stone at Health Foods For You Picture: MARK LANGFORDJane Pearson with assistant Katie Stone at Health Foods For You Picture: MARK LANGFORD

She opened her first nutrition shop in Sudbury six years ago having previously worked in the health and beauty business.

Jane diversified into zero-waste to offer something that the supermarkets couldn’t: “While it’s great they feel there’s a need to stock things once only available from shops like mine, I’ve been able to branch out into something I believe in and which offers something different.”

Jane said customers ranged from schoolchildren to families and the elderly, with awareness about plastics and excess packaging growing all the time.

“Everybody can do their bit just by making a small change in how they do things, “ she said.

Jane Pearson, owner of Health Foods For You in Sudbury Picture: MARK LANGFORDJane Pearson, owner of Health Foods For You in Sudbury Picture: MARK LANGFORD

then it helps overall. So what we’re trying to do here is what is realistic to do what we can.

“It’s all about knowledge - the more knowledge people have the better the choice they can make, and the more I can educate then the more they can make better choices.

“The wake-up call has been there all the time, it’s just that now we seem to be facing up to it as a nation and it is now trickling through.”

For more information go to the Health Foods For You website.

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