Zero waste or minimal waste shops are popping up everywhere, offering conscious consumers a sustainable way to shop for groceries. Now Charlotte’s Cupboard is making grocery shopping that much more convenient for shoppers in Sussex as “the UK’s first packaging-free shop on wheels”.
The vegan-friendly, plastic-free shop, which runs on electric wheels, is a zero-emission and zero-to-landfill operation. Seeking to help locals reduce waste, Charlotte’s Cupboard provides customers with all household essentials – including pulses, spices and cleaning products – without the unnecessary plastic packaging.
As a mobile shop, Charlotte’s Cupboard pops up at various places, including local farmers markets, throughout Sussex during the week as well as offering customers a delivery service. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers from home and fill them up with the quantity of goods they need.
The trio behind Charlotte’s Cupboard is co-founders Charlotte Cross and Thalassa Sauvalle de Rementeria, and their trusty van, Peggy, which is 100% electric and charged by renewable energy.
Charlotte Cross and Thalassa Sauvalle de Rementeria said: “We set up Charlotte’s Cupboard in order to combat the lack of convenience which surrounds plastic-free shopping. Operating on a mobile basis in Sussex means that customers can choose to shop with us, how they want to. That might mean visiting us at one of our stationary stops or us delivering to their home OR workplace using our plastic-free delivery service.
“To shop with us, our customers can use ANYTHING. You don’t need a set of pretty Kilner jars to get going. Everyone has an old jam jar, ketchup bottle or a Tupperware box to put to better use. In fact, sometimes the more obscure your container, the more character it adds to your cupboard.”
Charlotte’s Cupboard currently operate in 18 different towns and cities across Sussex including Brighton, Lewes, and Burgess Hill. They have plans to further expand their operation by adding more locations to their delivery catchment area.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea