Go plastic waste-free with Our Zero Waste Shop

The Our Zero Waste Shop Sign

An image of the shop showing reusable coffee cups Sustainable products in the shop

A ground-breaking new shop dedicated to waste-free goods has opened in our Students’ Union.

Our Zero Waste Shop sells a huge variety of herbs, spices, nuts, cereals and grains along with household goods, all of which are free from plastic packaging. The outlet also stocks a range of sustainable everyday products including recycled kitchen roll, biodegradable refuse sacks and bamboo cutlery and kitchenware.

From paprika to porridge oats, and from Bombay mix to bulgar wheat, the shop is a convenient place to stock up on wholefoods without creating environmentally harmful waste.

There is also a refill station where you can fill up bottles with household essentials including soap, laundry detergent and surface cleaner. Cheaper and better for the environment, refilling is a great alternative to buying a new plastic bottle every time you run out of these items.

Products are sold by weight, so you can buy as much or as little as you need. Bring your own container, pick up a recyclable paper bag, or invest in a reusable jar or lunchbox from the wide range on offer in the shop.

A hand spooning paprika into a jar

You can even use your weekly shop to pick up some brand new meal ideas, with advice and recipe suggestions stationed around the ingredients.

The shop forms part of SU Development Officer Megan McGrath’s successful #ReusableRevolution campaign. She said: ‘I’m so excited to see the range of environmentally friendly and plastic free goods expanding in the Students’ Union.

“We’ve always been ahead of the curve on plastic, banning water bottles in 2011 and I’m so proud to see Sheffield SU leading the way once again. Plastic pollution is one of the greatest environmental threats of our generation and its vital we take action!

“Come down and fight plastic pollution by going plastic free in Sheffield SU!”

Plastic waste is one of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet today, and plastic containers from supermarket goods can take hundreds of years to decompose, releasing harmful chemicals as they do.

Take a look at how our University is tackling waste and other environmental issues with My Sustainable Campus.