Southside offers ‘super’ market shopping without plastic packaging

Roseanna Cunningham fills up her re-useable bottle with some Mossgiel Farm milk, from the milk machine.
Roseanna Cunningham fills up her re-useable bottle with some Mossgiel Farm milk, from the milk machine.

Everything from locally-made herbal shampoo to an array of herbs is available at Locavore, an innovative new ‘super’ market in the Southside.

The difference is customers can buy these items without also picking up the guilt of getting single-use packaging.

The range of ‘fill your own’ plastic-free shopping – including milk for sale in refillable glass bottles – is available in the store in Victoria Road, thanks to £100,000 funding from Zero Waste Scotland.

Cabinet Secretary for the Environment Roseanna Cunningham visited the store, with Warren McIntyre of Zero Waste Scotland, to use Locavore’s example to announce that Zero Waste Scotland is seeking ideas from businesses to reduce single-use packaging, with total available funding in the region of £1million.

Ms Cunningham said: “My parents used to live in this area and would have loved this shop and its products which are all locally-sourced.”

The store is already attracting many more customers than expected.

Reuben Chesters, managing director, Locavore Community Interest Company, said: “I’m grateful to our funders, including Zero Waste Scotland, whose support has enabled us to include such a wide range of refillable options in our supermarket.

“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.”