Indie supermarket rings in the changes
CHEF and restaurateur Arthur Potts Dawson is familiar with waste, the resulting costs passed on to producers and customers and the high price paid by the environment. Armed with the knowledge that British supermarkets bin more than 1000 tonnes of food a day, Dawson (pictured) sets about starting an independent no-waste supermarket, run for the people by the people. Filmed over two years, this four-part series follows Dawson from inception through the turbulent months after the supermarket opens in central London. Anyone can shop at The People’s Supermarket, but it is no ordinary shopping experience. In a bid to keep prices as low as possible, members work there for four hours per month in exchange for a 10 per cent discount on their shopping and a chance to vote on how the supermarket runs. The business model worked for a food co-op in Brooklyn, but can it work in the UK?
The People’s Supermarket: Thursday, 8.30pm, ABC1