Volunteer-run Green Gram zero waste shop in Fordingbridge relocating
A ZERO waste shop in Fordingbridge has moved to bigger and more accessible premises along the high street.
The Green Gram community shop, which offers refill products including food and household essentials, hosted an open evening at its new shop at 23 High Street.
As well as showcasing the new setup, the event provided a good opportunity to thank the community for the support it has given to recent fundraising activity that enabled the move.
Committee member Jo Anderson said it had been a “thrilling few weeks”.
“Since the share launch and then with the move, it’s been all hands-on deck,” she said. “It’s been real teamwork in action with friends and volunteers offering their support.
“We held the open evening as we wanted to showcase the changes in store and celebrate the community effort so far. The evening was a resounding success, and it was great to see so many people – people who have supported the store and new customers who just wanted to get more of a feel for what we offer.”
Since May 2022, The Green Gram has been offering refills of foods, cleaning products and toiletries; preventing more than 28,000 containers – equivalent to nearly 650kg plastic – being thrown out.
Customers simply bring in containers they already own and buy what they need, negating the need for single-use plastic packaging.
The shop, staffed entirely by volunteers, is a Community Benefit Society, which means that it is owned by its shareholders – also known as members – for the benefit of the community.
Member become part owners in the business and have a say in the shop, its future and what local causes it supports.
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