A NEW zero waste and refill store has opened in Stonehaven.
Replenish, which opened its doors on November 16, is a new independent retail offering which encourages customers to join the refill revolution and ‘BYOC – bring your own containers’ to stock up with household essentials including flour, cereals, herbs & spices and pasta plus laundry detergent and conditioner.
The store also stocks a range of eco-friendly, plastic free products such as household cleaning equipment, bamboo toothbrushes & reusable straws.
Additionally, Replenish stocks a wide selection of locally produced food celebrating the best the North East and Scotland has to offer – including dairy produce, plastic packaging free fruits and vegetables, bread from local baker The Bread Guy, Summer House soft drinks, cured meats, jams from Kincardine Castle Kitchen and sweet treats.
Coffee connoisseurs can treat themselves to ‘grind your own’ and take away coffee from Aberdeen based Caber Coffee.
Unique to Stonehaven, Replenish houses a nut butter machine which provides customers with the chance to make their own fresh nut butter, free from palm oil, sugar and additives.
Owner, Donna Maver’s passion for local produce, supporting the local economy and considering smarter shopping as a way of reducing food miles and wastage has been the driving force behind opening the store.
Commenting on the opening, Donna said: “Opening a shop in the middle of a pandemic was a little daunting however, addressing the challenge of our impact on the environment hasn’t diminished. This, coupled with my love of supporting small businesses throughout my career, gave me the inspiration to launch Replenish.
“The rollercoaster that is 2020 has provided an opportunity to consider how we live our lives, and improvements we can make both personally and for the environment. I want to make it easy for consumers to make better shopping choices which will benefit the environment and their health while also helping them support the local economy, save money and reduce waste.”
She adds: “2020 has been challenging in all sorts of ways we couldn’t have imagined this time last year but we’ve got to remain positive and work together. Since we announced our opening, we have had a lot of supportive messages from customers, suppliers, other independent shops in Stonehaven and from the growing network of zero waste and
refillery shops in the North East.
“Local shops have played a big role in navigating this pandemic and I’m proud to join the line up of independent shops in Stonehaven serving our community.”
Supporting fledgling businesses and entrepreneurs is close to Donna’s heart through her work as a volunteer business mentor with the Prince’s Trust. Donna also chose to work with Stonehaven based photographer Lauren Foreman for the store’s promotional photographs. Lockdown provided the opportunity for Lauren to rekindle her love of photography and motivated her to establish her own landscape photography business.