Press Release: Waitrose Unpacked Launch

Packaging-free experts Unpackaged help to launch Waitrose Unpacked

Retailer to test concepts that could save thousands of tonnes of packaging and plastic 

Unpackaged has worked with Waitrose & Partners to launch an innovative in-store test taking hundreds of products out of their packaging. 

Running for 11 weeks in Oxford, the test is designed to help determine how mainstream supermarket customers might be prepared to shop differently in the future, with the potential to save thousands of tonnes of unnecessary plastic & packaging. 

The ‘Unpacked’ concepts include: 

·      Essential refillables - 28 products including grains, cereals, coffee beans, dried fruit & seeds have been taken out of packaging and will be available through dispensers

·      Borrow-a-box scheme -In a UK first, shoppers can borrow-a-box from store to shop with to return on their next visit.

·      Frozen pick and mix - Frozen fruit packaging free and available as pick and mix.

·      Detergent and washing up liquid refillables – Ecover are providingan automatic dispenser where customers will be able to refill their Ecover bottles.

·      Wine and beer refillables - Four different wines and beers available on tap to take home in reusable bottles. 

Unpackaged worked as consultants to Waitrose & Partners, as part of the project team, to help conceive, design & deliver the project including product, equipment & supply chain expertise, customer refill processes, instore communications, marketing, analysis and staff training. 

From small London pioneer, Unpackaged has campaigned for over a decade to bring reuse and refill to a wider audience and is now helping to set the environmental agenda for mainstream retailing. 

 Tor Harris, Waitrose's Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Health and Agriculture, said:

"We have a growing number of customers who want to shop with us in a sustainable way so this has huge potential to change how people shop in the future. The insight and expertise provided by Unpackaged has therefore been invaluable in ensuring we have delivered Waitrose Unpacked in an exciting and engaging way for our Oxford customers to create an effective test."

 Catherine Conway, the founder of Unpackaged said “this has been such an exciting project for us to work on as Waitrose are leading the way in zero waste innovation for mainstream supermarkets. Our passion at Unpackaged is to get the world refilling and Waitrose has taken the biggest step in the right direction. We look forward to seeing how customers engage with the test as we firmly believe that reuse & refill are the only real solutions to the plastic packaging crisis we are all in.”

 

Notes to Editors

 Press enquiries for Unpackaged:

Catherine Conway, Founder, 07956 129 244, catherine@beunpackaged.com

 Press enquiries for Waitrose:

James Armstrong, Corporate Communications Manager, 07764676880, james.armstrong@waitrose.co.uk

About Unpackaged

Launched by Catherine Conway in 2006, Unpackaged has been spearheading the zero-waste retail movement for over a decade. The Unpackaged brand has one simple, powerful mission: to help businesses develop and implement successful reusable packaging solutions.

Starting with a market stall and then independent stores, Unpackaged was the first modern zero waste shop offering a solution to the growing problem of packaging waste.  Unpackaged now operates concessions at Planet Organic in London, as well as partnering with independent shops across the UK. 

In addition, Unpackaged’s consultancy work supports innovative retailers & manufacturers to go ‘Unpackaged’ - including supporting zero waste shops all over the world such as Sweden, Costa Rica and Hong Kong. 

Catherine is one of the leading voices in the field campaigning on all aspects of reuse & zero waste.

www.beunpackaged.com

 

 

 

Group Workshop - How To Set Up a Zero Waste Store - 18th January 2019

Unpackaged is proud to announce our third Zero Waste Retail Group Workshop!

We've been offering 1:1 consultancy and coaching for individuals wanting to set up Zero Waste stores for years but we wanted to create a group workshop to bring like minded entrepreneurs together. 

Feedback from our previous workshops:

Catherine has a wealth of experience in this area and has been one of the pioneers of the modern concept of zero waste retail in this country. She delivers her training with warmth, passion and has a great capacity and openness for sharing all the detailed knowledge she has gained through her failures, challenges and successes” Anna, November 2018 

About The Workshop:

So, join us on a half day group workshop in London designed to give you the overview you need to set up a Zero Waste shop.

This is a practical group workshop designed to work for people setting up a full Zero Waste store, or a shop with a smaller zero waste, or bulk, section.

Sessions will include:

  • Product & equipment selection

  • Orders & quantities

  • Risk assessment

  • Health & safety

  • Best hygiene practice

  • Processes, systems & ongoing maintenance

The workshop will not contain specific advice for your business, instead it is designed as a comprehensive overview of everything you need to get started with, and make a success of, bulk selling.

Limited places available so book now: https://www.beunpackaged.com/store/groupworkshop180119

Date: Friday 18th January
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Location: Limehouse, London, E14
Cost: £220 per person

If you have any questions, please contact hannah@beunpackaged.com 

Unpackaged Group Workshop - 28th September 2018 - London, E14

Unpackaged is proud to announce our first Zero Waste Retail Group Workshop!

We've been offering 1:1 consultancy and coaching for individuals wanting to set up Zero Waste stores for years but we wanted to create a group workshop to bring like minded entrepreneurs together. 

About The Workshop:

So, join us on a half day group workshop in London designed to give you the overview you need to set up a Zero Waste shop.

This is a practical group workshop designed to work for people setting up a full Zero Waste store, or a shop with a smaller zero waste, or bulk, section.

Sessions will include:

  • Product & equipment selection

  • Orders & quantities

  • Risk assessment

  • Health & safety

  • Best hygiene practice

  • Processes, systems & ongoing maintenance

The workshop will not contain specific advice for your business, instead it is designed as a comprehensive overview of everything you need to get started with, and make a success of, bulk selling.

Limited places available so book now:  https://www.beunpackaged.com/store/group-workshop-in-london-280918

Date: Friday 28th September
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Location: Limehouse, London, E14
Cost: £220 per person

If you have any questions, please contact floriane@beunpackaged.com 

Intern Wanted!

Unpackaged is growing really fast and we're looking for some intern support. 

We know the issues of offering expenses only internships so we’re only asking for a part time & short-term commitment – 3 days per week for 6 weeks over September and October.

We’re looking for a well rounded individual, with a can-do attitude, who’s happy to muck in with everything that needs doing – from research to admin and on-site installations. We’ll never ask you to do anything we wouldn’t do ourselves, but we need someone who can hit the ground running and work on their own initiative. All ages and levels of experience welcome, its about what you can do, not what you've done before. 

The position is based in London and lots of the work can be done remotely and on your own schedule. We'll cover travel and lunch expenses within London for days you come into the office as well as any travel costs to meetings, events etc. 

In return, you'll get a window into a pioneering zero waste social enterprise, access to interesting people & events, and, most importantly, we'll open our extensive contacts book to you & make personal introductions to anyone you want to meet. 

This internship would really suit someone who’s looking to develop a career in zero waste, CSR or sustainability.

If you think you're the one for us, please send a CV and a short paragraph explaining why you want to work with Unpackaged to catherine@beunpackaged.com by 10th September. 

 

Walk for Waste Aid - 23rd June, 2018, London

07/06/18 UPDATE

The official registration has shut but you can still join:

Go to https://wasteaid.org.uk/donate/ 

Pay £18

Event Name: Walk for Waste Aid

Organisation: Unpackaged

Wear a green accessory on the day so we know that you're part of Team Unpackaged!

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We will be entering a team, in collaboration with Zero Waste Life, to participate in the third annual “Walk for Waste“ event, a 25km walk across London to raise money for the charity WasteAid. Our team will be called ‘Zero Waste Life + Unpackaged’.

We will meet at 9.30am and congregate with the other walkers on Station Approach, near Putney Bridge Station. Then at 10:00am the walk will start and we will we will head east towards the City, zigzagging across the array of historic bridges, with a break for lunch in Vauxhall. The finish line is in Southwark just past Tower Bridge.

To indentify our team we are asking people to wear something green - a scarf, hat etc. 

Everyone is welcome, and there is no obligation to complete the full 25km. Anyone preferring to do the 10km walk can join us at lunchtime. 

We’ll be doing a litter pick along the way and there will be refreshments at the start, middle and finish line, as well as water bottle refill stations.

To register to participate in the walk, simply follow the link below to buy a ticket. Select the ‘Team Registration’ option which is £18. Then when you enter your name, simply state our team name afterwards, for example: Alex Furey (Zero Waste Life + Unpackaged).
For £18 you will receive:
- a free ‘Walk for WasteAid 2018’ T-shirt to wear
- a free branded re-usable water bottle
- a souvenir route map – bridge facts
- midpoint stop, free snacks and bottle refill point
- a medal & food at the finish
(although to reduce waste, if you don’t want to receive these items. it is possible to opt-out of being given these items).
https://billetto.co.uk/e/walk-for-wasteaid-tickets-258358/select

If you can't walk but would like to make a donation, please do so here:
https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/unpackaged

ABOUT WASTE AID (AKA THE IMPORTANT BIT!)
WasteAid is an independent charity (non-profit), set up by waste management professionals to share practical and low-cost waste management know-how with communities in low-income countries.Two billion people in the world don’t have their rubbish collected, and WasteAid is raising money to train more communities in simple recycling
techniques, creating jobs and keeping plastic out of the oceans.
To find out more about WasteAid the amazing work they do, visit their website: https://wasteaid.org.uk/

It’s a beautiful route through London and it will be a great opportunity to meet and chat to other members of the Zero Waste community along the way, so we hope you can join us!

An Introduction to Zero Waste Shopping at Planet Organic

We're so looking forward to hosting this event at Planet Organic on Thursday 10th May!

Planet Organic, Torrington Place
10th May
6pm - 8pm
Tickets £5 (but redeemable on the night against anything you buy in the shop)

Whether you're a newbie, or a seasoned professional, come and chat Zero Waste, and meet the other lovely people from Zero Waste Life - London (Meet up Group link here: https://www.meetup.com/Zero-Waste-Life-London/ We now have over 800 members!)

Event Tickets here: http://bit.ly/INTROZWPO