Per the Clean Kilo website : “The Clean Kilo is the largest zero-waste supermarket in the UK; based in Digbeth, Birmingham city centre. Our ethos is to: sell plastic-free products, source as local as possible and reduce food waste. We set up to challenge the food system and its over-packaged supply chain by sourcing in bulk and selling without packaging.
We sell most items you would expect at a conventional supermarket – including dry food, household products and toiletries. To further our impact, we pioneered the growth of zero-waste shopping by expanding our product range to include a frozen section, delicatessen counter, fruit and vegetables, orange juice/coffee machines and chilled milk dispensers. With convenience being key in our busy lifestyles, we continually push the boundaries of what we offer package-free. We believe having the widest product range is extremely important to have the greatest impact on reducing plastic pollution.
We use bulk dispensers to eradicate the need for individual packaging. Customers bring their own containers to refill e.g. an ice cream tub. We encourage customers to stop treating packaging as single-use and to reuse where possible. Only 9% of the world’s plastic is currently recycled, so we need to slow down the production of plastic to protect further irreversible damage to our environment.
Most of our products are either organic or artisan-made, so the quality is high. However, we believe sustainable options should be available to those on lower income, therefore we try to keep our prices competitive. Buying in bulk without individual packaging also allows us to pass on savings to our customers.
One third of all food produced is wasted so we allow customers to buy as little as needed; there’s no pressure to buy pre-packed bags. Furthermore, we can help lower income households to budget without buying more than they can afford or need.
Our aim is for the zero-waste food system to become ubiquitous, so we can achieve a waste-free environment.
By challenging and making our own food system, we’ve affected our supply chain and the future of packaging. We buy in bulk and have strong relationships with our small, local suppliers – many of which exchange containers with us, creating a circular economy.”
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