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Shop kind: Clean Kilo

Bring your own containers to this supermarket, a proudly plastic-free zone, and shop the conscious way

Completing a full supermarket shop without purchasing a single item coated in plastic is a task even the most eco-conscious would struggle with. Britain’s top 10 supermarkets use 810,000 tonnes of single-use plastic every year, over 1.1 billion single-use bags and 1.2 billion plastic bags for fruit and vegetables annually, according to a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency and Greenpeace (eia-international.org), so it’s no surprise that the widespread use of plastic has sadly become so ingrained in our daily lives. But thanks to the innovative thinking of Jeanette Wong and Tom Pell, doing a supermarket sweep that’s free of disposable packaging is a reality. After feeling frustrated and overwhelmed by all this waste, they created The Clean Kilo, a zero-waste supermarket – we caught up with them to find out more.

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Hello, Fashion has always been a strong form of expression for me; I’ve pored over glossy issues of Vogue from a young age, and get a thrill when the seasons change, and with them, the excuse to spend on new and exciting pieces for my wardrobe. With the rise and ease of shopping online it has become easier and quicker to get my hands on the latest styles, and it’s with a mixture of shame and excitement I go and collect my deliveries from the post room at work. But recently I realised the frequency and level of my spending was getting out of control – ‘I can just send it all back’, I’d foolishly reason with myself. It wasn’t until I read about the environmental impact of the fashion industry that I started to think about the part I was playing myself. Those next day deliveries have to be picked, packed and couriered, using man power and fuel. The bargain £5 tops come at a greater price, too – how can workers possibly be getting paid fairly to make them? And the fabrics surely can’t be ethically-sourced either? Fast fashion is alluring and tempting – it’s a quick and easy way to make us feel good, temporarily, but the damage it’s doing to the environment doesn’t sit well with me. So, I’ve vowed to make a change and to choose more sustainable ways to shop. This month we’ve looked into the issues surrounding fashion, from body image to throwaway culture, and found alternative ways for you to enjoy clothes, whilst being kinder to the planet. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor