Unwrapped grocery shopping means not a plastic bag in sight

PUBLISHED: 12:00 18 October 2020

Inside Budleigh Unwrapped

Inside Budleigh Unwrapped


In her latest column, Sarah Allen writes about visiting a no wrapping shop in Budleigh

Sarah Allen with her empty black bin. Ref exe 22 18TI 4419. Picture: Terry IfeSarah Allen with her empty black bin. Ref exe 22 18TI 4419. Picture: Terry Ife

It’s great to see a refill shop has opened in Budleigh recently.

I popped into Budleigh Unwrapped the other day just to check out what they sell and I was amazed at the range of products!

Taking a couple of clean plastic containers, I bought raisins and apple rings as well as a bar of soap which was sold unpackaged.

Next time I’ll buy more, maybe pasta, cooking oil, herbs, spices, conditioner or some chocolatey snacks!

I then went to High Street Fruit and Veg, I go most weeks and fill my basket with whatever fruit and vegetables they are selling without plastic packaging.

There were lots - mushrooms, corn on the cob, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, pears, bananas, grapes and avocado to name just a few.

Most goes straight into the basket but I have a couple of reusable fabric produce bags for smaller items like the mushrooms and they do have paper bags to choose instead of the plastic ones.

Sometimes I also go to The Crusty Cob and buy a baguette and some cakes, all sold in paper then it’s off to the beach where I sit with my flask of tea or occasionally I treat myself to a takeaway coffee, in my reusable coffee cup, from The Gingerbread House.

To be honest, I didn’t feel like shopping when I set off on this trip but I returned home feeling good!

Shopping like this isn’t just planet friendly, supporting local businesses and appreciating the natural beauty in where we live is good for the soul!

Follow my adventures in eco-friendly living at www.facebook.com/rhubarbandrunnerbeans

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