Updated: Nov 1, 2018
We have been asking Guest Bloggers to get involved with The Eco Larder, the #plasticfreeedinburgh movement and to share their thoughts. We are super chuffed the lovely Lyndsey Croal is our first guest blogger! Read on to
When I found out that Edinburgh was getting it’s very own zero-waste-shop, just around the corner from where I live, I was super excited. With the influx of negative news about our climate and environment that seems now to be permanently doing the rounds, it’s great to have something positive to look forward to. Indeed, to tackle the huge problem our planet is facing, we need more of these types of developments to pop up everywhere.
The Eco Larder being born out of a crowdfunding campaign made me even more optimistic
as I can see there's a movement of people wanting to access #plasticfree resources like this to tackle the damaging production and supply habits that are often forced upon us for lack of other options.
It would be great to live in a Scotland (and a world) where everyone could have access to such a place that’s local, affordable and driven by sustainable and socially conscious values, and while we have a long way to go—and need some clear systemic change across the board—I’m hopeful that The Eco Larder will be part of breaking into that puzzle.
I’ve tried to balance some of this by making a few tester products recently: some successful like #beeswax wraps and candles, and other slightly experimental like my ‘to-be-tested’ conker laundry detergent—yes I spent an entire lunch time at work gathering conkers to grind down to make laundry powder! But there’s only so much you can do on your own and some of these methods are more effective than others!
My hope for Eco Larder is that it will be a hub for locally and sustainably sourced products and having seen the product list I’m looking forward to popping in when it opens to stock up on some essentials that also seem affordable.
I've found unfortunately other similar shops have priced out many consumers by marketing products to just a few; and if we want to really make a difference then changing to #zerowaste must be feasible and accessible for everyone
In particular, I’m excited to be able to seriously reduce my use of #singleuseplastic packing and start to fill up jars and containers with the quantity of pulses, legumes and beans that I need when I need it, also cutting down on potential food waste. I won’t have to spend a silly amount of time squinting at labels to see what they contain as I’ll know they’ll be sustainably sourced. I’ll be able to find cleaning products that won’t cause unnecessary pollution and I’ll hopefully discover some new ways to change my home and health habits.
So, I have high expectations for Edinburgh’s first dedicated zero-waste shop and I’m counting the days down to when it opens in November….just in time for Christmas too!