An environmentally-friendly way of shopping that has been springing up across the UK is coming to Reigate, with the opening of a zero-waste store in Prices Lane, Woodhatch, on Saturday 3 October.
New Leaf Zero Waste will avoid using any plastic packaging, with customers instead encouraged to bring reusable containers to carry their shopping.
The shop will stock a variety of self-dispensed and loose foods including dried, fresh and frozen items – with many sourced locally.
Household supplies, toiletries and a range of sustainable luxury items will also be available.
Owners of the new business, Maxine and Kerryn, share a strong passion for the environment and putting the planet first - even more so since becoming parents.
Maxine said: “We have always been aware and careful of our own carbon footprint, but as a family with two young daughters, we became increasingly uncomfortable with the amount of landfill waste we produced as a household.
“Despite being cautious and always trying to shop plastic free, there was only so much the local supermarkets would allow.
“We knew that we (and our local community), needed a local zero waste shop to make a big positive difference – and so the idea of New Leaf was born.
“We are so excited to be finally opening and leading a push for new generations to live in a better, cleaner world.
“We look forward to welcoming all those who have supported our journey and who’ve waited so patiently for our shop to open.”
Green Party borough and county councillor Jonathan Essex will cut the ribbon at an official opening at 11am on Saturday (3 October).
He said: “It is great to see New Leaf opening as Reigate’s zero waste shop.
“Shopping locally without the packaging is a way we can all reduce our environmental impact through our day-to-day lives.”
Cllr Essex added: “Whilst Surrey County Council and the Government have made long-term commitments to end the production of Single Use Plastics, [it is] local initiatives like this that are needed to help turn such plans into a practical reality.”
Initial opening times for the shop, at 3 Prices Lane, will be 9am – 5pm Tuesday – Saturday and 10am – 2pm on Sunday. The store will be closed on Mondays.
More information can be found on New Leaf Zero Waste’s Facebook page.
In line with current coronavirus guidelines, only a restricted number of people will be allowed in the shop at any one time, and customers are asked to use the sanitiser provided at the door.
On the first day, Saturday 3 October, the shop will open from 11am. Customers are invited to bring their own containers to fill up with goods, browse the stock and meet the owners.