Simply Weigh is a zero waste & refill shop based in St Mary’s Walk in Hailsham whose aim is ‘to make a difference one small step at a time’. They aim to achieve this by helping to reduce packaging and waste and reduce the use of non-recyclable plastic along with reducing food waste as you buy as much or as little as you want.
Simply Weigh has a wide range of food products including organic, gluten-free and vegan, from flour & rice to spices and dried fruits.
We all know we need to be making changes in our daily lives to make a difference and to have an impact on our future plant for our children and their children. Katrina and her team at Simply Weigh, are ordinary people: they believe that together many people making small changes will have a bigger impact than a few people doing everything.
Katrina says ‘don’t feel guilty or overwhelmed by the plastic we all use, if we all focus on making small changes in our habits one step at a time it will be possible to make long-term swaps. You can bring your containers ~ it can be a favourite spice or flour jar or just a clean margarine pot or similar with a lid. But don’t worry as there are always paper bags available if you want to try something first.
We can all create less waste by using and reusing glass jars & bottles, cook more at home, use reusable water bottles and hot drink cups, bring your own bag, and use bamboo products such as toothbrushes and kitchen utensils.
Your container is weighed, and then you fill it with just the amount you want or need, they weigh it again and take off the original weight of the container and just charge you for the product you need.
There are some big issues that governments will need to address but as individuals, we can make a difference – however small it all adds up. Single-use plastics are items that are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled. These items are things like plastic bags, straws, sandwich packets and water bottles and most food packaging. Experts reckon that plastic production will amount to 15% of global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 if consumption trends continue as they are. That is just 29 years away.
You don’t need to be an anti-plastic warrior to make a difference, where you can REUSE, REFILL, RECYCLE and be plastic conscious.