Year 5 had a zoom call with the owner of a local ‘Zero’ waste shop today. Cata, who runs the shop with her husband and daughter, explained that the huge effort that is needed to keep the shop going is worth it as she knows she’s doing an amazing thing for the community and the planet.
We asked her questions about how well her business is going and what she enjoyed about running the shop.
Here are some of our questions we asked her :
How long have you had an interest in creating a ‘Zero waste’ shop?
Well, since i was your age really! Around 9-10 years old.
Do you get the same people or different people in your shop as customers?
I see some of the same people. Some people start out by buying a few things and after a couple of visits they are buying a lot more. Some people just pop in for sweets!
Do you have containers for customers who come in without jars?
Yes! We use paper bags but the more people come in the more they bring their own.
Is it difficult without plastic packaging?
It can be but we work with wholesalers who have the same outlook as us. We have deliveries with as little plastic as possible but we do actually accept Bioplastic as long as it’s the compostable kind!
We also gave Cata an insight into our Science project ideas which she was impressed with.
Cata answered a huge amount of questions and even invited us in to say hello if we were passing!