Topup Truck: Milk float finds second life as a mobile zero-waste shop in London’s Hackney

An upcycled milk float is now enjoying life as a zero-waste Topup Truck, selling a range of goods and plastic-free items to residents in London’s Hackney.

Topup Truck is the brainchild of Ella Shone, who after being furloughed from her sales job during the coronavirus pandemic last spring decided to use her savings to start her new business, aiming to meet growing demand for household goods free of the plastic packaging used in supermarkets.

Customers book a visit from the Topup Truck website and then purchase goods such as lentils, pasta, olive oil, shampoo or washing up liquid using their own containers.

Ella Shone said: “The fact that I’m driving around in a milk float does a lot for raising awareness in the local area. So now I’m operating at almost full capacity.”

Launched last August, the Topup Truck founder estimates that her service has eliminated the need for at least 12,700 pieces of plastic.

Topup Truck

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyles including sustainable and green living. 

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