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

Launch of Unpackaged At - Our New Refill Unit For Independent Retailers!

Unpackaged At….

Leading zero waste retailer Unpackaged launches unique retail solution at Welbeck Farm Shop, and plans to roll out across the UK

Catherine Conway, the founder of sustainable shopping solution Unpackaged (and the inspiration for many identikit concepts across the world), has developed a unique retail offering specifically for farm shops and independent delis and retailers.  Unpackaged At…– which launches into sustainable shopping pioneer Welbeck Farm Shop in Nottinghamshire this week - offers a series of refillable dispensers for shoppers keen to keep their footprint low.  The scheme has been inspired by a more traditional way of shopping, where goods are measured and weighed and do not come in hard-to-recycle plastic packaging. 

On offer is an array of cereals, pulses, pastas, rice, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate and various other raw foodstuffs.  The area is bright, well sign-posted and easy to use, with customers being invited to fill up their own containers and weigh it out themselves before taking it to the tills to pay.

Offering refills is different to ‘bulk’ shopping, which can be found around London and the UK but which does not deal with the issue of packaging waste.    Catherine says, “With bulk, the customer is offered alternative packaging – often more plastic bags, whereas refill shopping is all about enabling customers to bring their own containers.  To do this, we give them the ability to 'tare' and deduct the weight of any container they bring from the overall weight of the goods they are buying, so it's self-service, easy to use, and complies with all legislation on weights, measures and labelling.”

Catherine is launching ‘Unpackaged At…’ at the Farm Shop & Deli Show at the NEC from the 16th to 18th April. Find her at the Bizerba stand, No. W270/W280 at FoodEx (one part of the show).  She is also taking part in the panel debate on Monday 16th April, all about how to reduce plastic waste.

Catherine goes on to say, “Earlier this year I launched my concept into Planet Organic shops across London. Moving into farm shops and delis is huge jump for me.  More and more people in towns, villages and rural areas are committed to supporting these kinds of shops and it’s a huge achievement for Unpackaged At... to be here.  Independent retailers have a huge opportunity to beat the big supermarkets to reducing waste – and shopping ‘by refill’ ensures repeat business!  Without getting sentimental, the ‘old’ way of shopping was much, much kinder to our environment.  Supply chain was a simpler affair, and bulk offerings allowed shoppers to choose how much they wanted, thus cutting down on packaging and food waste.  I’m incredibly proud today.  It’s a massive step in the long journey towards a truly zero waste weekly shop.”

Catherine founded Unpackaged in 2006 at market stalls around east London before opening a small shop in central London selling over 700 products in bulk, offering a solution to the growing problem of packaging waste.  Since then, she has worked with countless entrepreneurs around the globe, helping them to set up similar shops in their own markets. Today, Unpackaged leads the way in retail and consultancy services tackling packaging at all stages of the supply chain.   She continues to speak, write and campaign on all things Zero Waste.

Retailers who sign up to ‘Unpackaged at…’ will get everything they need to set up a refill section within their existing store, and Unpackaged will support them every step of the way to make it a success.   Retailers will receive AN easy to install unit holding 10 gravity and 15 scoop bins - giving them the space to sell 25 products from a compact 1m x 2m footprint.   Their partner Bizerba gives them a high spec weighing scale that allows customers to tare, or zero, their own containers themselves, reducing any operational burden on staff. Additionally, Unpackaged has partnered with Grenke to offer a finance package for retailers, enabling them to pay a quarterly rental for their Unpackaged unit, helping to get them up and running quickly without an initial big investment, and manage cashflow.

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The Welbeck Farm Shop is open seven days a week. Mon-Sat 10:00am to 5:00pm — Sun 10:00am to 4:00pm. Nestled in the heart of Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Welbeck is conveniently located on the A60, just 15 minutes from the A1 and M1.   For more information, visit www.welbeckfarmshop.co.uk

 

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Notes to editors:

For any further information about Unpackaged, about Welbeck Farm Shop, or about Planet Organic, please contact Hannah Norris at Nourish PR on 07881 805000 / hannah@nourishpr.com

 

 

Unpackaged unveils unique partnership with Planet Organic - Press Release, 12th February 2018

The ‘Godmother’ of sustainable shopping has created a unique way to  shop 100% packaging free.

Catherine Conway, the founder of sustainable shopping solution Unpackaged (and the inspiration for many identikit concepts across the world), has developed an exclusive retail offering with London high food giants Planet Organic that will set a precedent for the future of supermarket shopping.  Currently unique to Planet Organic, Catherine has created a series of refillable dispensers for shoppers keen to keep their shopping footprint low.  The scheme has been inspired by a more traditional way of shopping, where goods are measured and weighed and do not come in hard-to-recycle plastic packaging. 

Following a successful trial at Muswell Hill, Unpackaged is being rolled out to Torrington Place in central London this week, with a second opening w/c 19th Feb in Westbourne Grove. On offer is a vast array of cereals, pulses, pastas, rice, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, chocolate and various other raw foodstuffs.  The area is bright, well sign-posted and easy to use, with customers being invited to fill up their own containers and weigh it out themselves before taking it to the tills to pay.

Offering refills is different to ‘bulk’ shopping, which can be found around London and the UK but which does not deal with the issue of packaging waste.    Catherine says, “With bulk, the customer is offered alternative packaging – often more plastic bags, whereas refill shopping is all about enabling customers to bring their own containers.  To do this, we give them the ability to 'tare' and deduct the weight of any container they bring from the overall weight of the goods they are buying (a process we developed with our partners at Bizerba) so it's self-service, easy to use, and complies with all legislation on weights, measures and labelling.”

Catherine goes on to say, “This is the future of shopping.  Without getting sentimental, the ‘old’ way of shopping was much, much kinder to our environment.  Supply chain was a simpler affair, and bulk offerings allowed shoppers to choose how much they wanted, thus cutting down on packaging AND food waste.  I’m incredibly proud today.  It’s a massive step in the long journey towards a truly zero waste weekly shop.”

Catherine founded Unpackaged in 2006 at market stalls around east London before opening a small shop in central London selling over 700 products in bulk, offering a solution to the growing problem of packaging waste.    Sadly, due to rising rents the shop closed in 2012.  Since then, she has worked with countless entrepreneurs around the globe, helping them to set up similar shops in their own markets. Today, Unpackaged leads the way in retail and consultancy services tackling packaging at all stages of the supply chain.   She continues to speak, write and campaign on all things Zero Waste.

Peter Marsh, founder and CEO of Planet Organic, says of the partnership, “I’ve known Catherine for around ten years, and believe she created a totally unique proposition with her zero-waste retail concept.  Planet Organic customers are big-hearted, always striving to buy the best products they possibly can.  ‘Conscious’ shopping is very much the future, and we’re ready for it.”

www.beunpackaged.com

w/c 12th February

Planet Organic Torrington Place

22 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7HJ
020 7436 1929

w/c 19th February

Planet Organic Westbourne Grove

42 Westbourne Grove
London
W2 5SH
020 7727 2227

Planet Organic Muswell Hill

111/117 Muswell Hill Road
Muswell Hill
London
N10 3HS
0208 442 2910

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For images, more information, or for a chat with Catherine, please contact Hannah at Nourish PR on 07881 805000 or hannah@nourishpr.com