Once I'd made my mind up to open a zero shop, I boarded a non-stop roller coaster for 18 months!
The first job was to find a premises, this was tricky as I didn't have a huge budget and property is expensive. I searched around and finally found the shop but it needed a lot of work.
I got the keys in Spring 2019 and from then on I was here everyday overseeing the renovation, organising the tradesman and getting stuck in.
It was previously a very popular and well-known newsagent called Tyrells, but it had been empty for a year and everything needed doing.
The plan was to open in September but due to the amount of work that was needed, this ended up being delayed until December. The floors needed leveling and the electrics were questionable to say the least!
While the building work was going on, I undertaking reconnaissance missions. I visited a number of other zero waste shops - I was struck by how friendly and helpful everyone was, we all share the same ethos and values and I've kept in touch with many of the other shop owners, there's a real community feel.
I was also sourcing the range of products. I wanted to offer something a bit different to what you tend to find in supermarkets as well as everyday essentials. I am trying to offer vegan options where possible and I'm trying to ensure we avoid selling anything containing palm oil due to the harming effect that sourcing it has on the environment.
I hope you enjoy shopping at Zero!