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Zero waste food shopping

  • Added: 18/10/16
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Zero waste is a global movement that’s accessible to everyone!


Each year the UK generates about 30 million tonnes of waste from households, most of which ends up in landfill. Britain dumps more household waste into landfill than nearly all other countries in the European Union. Milton Keynes Council has a Zero Waste strategy to send nothing to landfill by 2024. Forest and Folk will provide residents with an opportunity to buy bulk dry goods such as pasta, rice, flour and beans in re-usable containers thereby reducing non-recyclable packaging waste.

Located centrally at Milton Keynes Arts Centre in Great Linford, Forest and Folk have been providing an alternative shopping experience for residents, enabling them to reduce the waste associated with toiletries, cosmetics and household cleaning products. Now they are turning their attention to food. By offering a range of dry goods in bulk, such as pasta, rice, flour, beans, dried fruit etc, residents will be able to buy only as much as they need, using re-fillable containers. A group of volunteers will gather data about the impact this makes on their domestic non-recyclable waste and the reduction in landfill waste will be monitored. Data will also be collected in store about the amount of landfill waste saved.

Project Team

Alissa Pemberton founded Forest and Folk after working with people and plants for the last 15 years. With a background in community development and cooperative solutions within the fields of local food and organic farming, Alissa is based at the Forest and Folk shop in Great Linford. With a 20 strong shareholder membership and over 250 local supporter members, Forest and Folk aims to create practical solutions and bring about a culture shift to enable the move towards a zero waste lifestyle.

Voting results for this project

  1. <strong>26</strong> like 26 like
  2. <strong>0</strong> indifferent 0 indifferent
  3. <strong>0</strong> dislike 0 dislike


Nadja Komorowsky

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This is a great idea which I fully support and would very much like to see becoming a reality here in MK! :-)

Emily Cheshire

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There isn't anything else like this in the area, It would be a great addition to MK that I would thoroughly support.

Datis Gol

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It's essential and honest for businesses to foster culture in ways which are sustainable and beneficial to wider society, and this organisation has a real focus towards that objective.

Vicky Owen

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Fantastic idea


Alice Griffin

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I think this is such an important project for MK. Love that Forest & Folk are leading the way with positive change within the community, and the environment. You have our support for sure :-)

Claire Sapsford

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Through support from Forest and Folk Botanicals, I am able to begin my journey and exploration of zero waste living and using reduced food packaging is a great starting place for everyone.

Corinna Spellerberg

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Amazing opportunity for MK! Other countries already have these shops, and a modern transition town should have one, too. We only have one planet, let's not wrap it in plastic!


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This is a great way of doing initial testing and providing evidence of how much packaging is actually prevented from being wasted. We need more of this type of local pilot to inform future environmental planning such as the Zero Waste Strategy.

Jennifer Sheekey

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This is a fantastic idea and Milton Keynes is the ideal place to do this. We are very limited on options to purchase food or toiletries and household items with zero waste. I would support this project.

D Faulkner

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That photo of all the packaging is horrifying- This is a terrific proposal and I would very much welcome the opportunity to participate in the scheme and so would many of my friends.

james powell

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Fantastic ! you have our full support! Such a brilliant opportunity to reduce waste going to landfill.

Pip Sadler

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There is a real lack of bulk food resources in the area - this would be a great addition that I thoroughly support!

Debbie Levey

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The amount of damage we cause to our planet with non recyclable waste, is heartbreaking! To play a small part in eleviating this problem by being able to buy loose goods and in bulk, is a wonderful thing and an excellent idea!!

Emma Phillips

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Seeing the photo of all the (largely) non-recyclable packaging above really brings home the issue... I think bulk/loose buying is a brilliant solution to help tackle it :)