A bit about me...
You are already here which means you have your reasons to go zero waste.
I came across a zero-waste lifestyle when I was researching vegan recipes for my sister’s visit in 2017. Many bloggers and YouTubers were also highlighting ideas for zero waste and I got very curious so I continued my research. I learned how single-use plastics are polluting our planet and how an excess of waste is getting difficult to manage. I learned how difficult and not profitable most of the plastics are to recycle and how people don’t care what will happen with all the rubbish we put in our bins. I always had a designated recycling bin at home and I was carrying my bags for shopping, but reading about zero waste lifestyle, especially Bea Johnson, Amber Allen (The Fairly Local Vegan) and Lauren Singer opened my eyes to how much more I can do. Not to mention how much money I can save by implementing a few simple swaps to limit the waste we produce at home.
I am a mother of two wonderful children and I want to ensure they will grow up to be conscious and responsible. Once I have started my adventure with my partner and the kids it’s been great fun, but also a struggle when it came to grocery shopping. I haven’t found a place within 30 miles from Pitlochry where I could buy pasta, rice, beans, and flour in bulk- a place where I could bring my container, fill it up, and reuse it each time.
That is why I thought it would be a great idea to open a shop like that.
So in October 2018 I registered business, purchased 5 loose food products and selection on non-food items and did my firsts markets in Aberfeldy and Logierait. Then more markets, pop up shops and home deliveries. As of March 2019, I had my first regular pop up at Ru'Ward in Aberfeldy 3 days a week, and from April I also had regular pop up at Coffee Break in Pitlochry two days a week.
Ru'Ward closed in August 2019, but as of October 2019, I was offered to take over the Cones Ice cream shop at the Square in Aberfeldy for the whole 6 winter months, while continuing pop up shop in Pitlochry.
The business is slowly but steadily growing. We went from 5 food products to 103 on our offer (and still adding new ones). We have many amazing and regular customers, and can't thank enough local community for their support.
Thanks for your interest in my story and what I and my family are up to - if you want to get involved - please check out our shop and say hello to us next time we are at your local markets- also watch this space as our story continues.
Yours sincerely, Kaja