Sci­en­tist to open city’s first ‘no waste, no pack­ag­ing’ su­per­mar­ket

Birmingham Post - - NEWS - Zoe Cham­ber­lain Fea­tures Staff

ASUPERMARKET with a dif­fer­ence is com­ing to Birm­ing­ham – there will be NO pack­aged goods.

Lo­cal sci­en­tist Tom Pell has come up with a way of stop­ping shop­pers throw­ing away the moun­tain of plas­tic wrap­pers, bot­tles and tubs – he’s banned them.

In­stead of adding to land­fill, peo­ple will bring their own con­tain­ers to The Clean Kilo, which opens in Dig­beth early next year.

Then they will fill them with ev­ery­thing from pasta, rice and flour to milk, toi­letries and clean­ing prod- ucts. All the prod­ucts will be stored in grav­ity wall-mounted dis­pensers so that peo­ple can dis­pense as much, or as lit­tle, as they need.

There will also be a deli sell­ing cheese, ham and cured meats, which will be weighed be­fore pay­ing.

Tom says that there will be eas­ily re­cy­clable pa­per bags for those who need them.

Prod­ucts for home bak­ing, like su­gar and flour, to­gether with ce­re­als, pulses and nuts will be on of­fer, and there will also be lots of spices and herbs.

Dairy items such as milk and creme fraiche will be avail­able and there will be a fresh or­ange juice ma­chine sim­i­lar to those found in cafés.

Baked goods will be brought in twice a week from a bak­ery, and fresh fruit, veg­eta­bles and eggs will be sup­plied by a farm in Lich­field.

Peo­ple will be able to grind their own cof­fee beans in store and choose from eight dif­fer­ent loose teas.

There will also be a peanut but­ter grinder and Tom hopes to add an al­mond but­ter grinder, too. Items like dried fruit will be scooped out in a sim­i­lar way to a pick and mix stand at a cinema.

There will be lots of prod­ucts to cater for those with al­ler­gies, such as gluten-free pas­tas and flours and soya and al­mond milks, too.

Peo­ple will also be able to pick up wash­ing up liq­uid, de­ter­gent spray, clean­ers, sham­poos, con­di­tion­ers and mois­turis­ers.

“I lived in Aus­tralia for four years and used to shop at a store where you could buy in bulk us­ing your own con­tain­ers,” says Tom, 31, a PhD chemist, from Lich­field.

“The dif­fi­culty in Aus­tralia was the shop was next door to a reg­u­lar

It’s im­por­tant to have it ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, not just the wealthy

su­per­mar­ket and ev­ery­thing cost two to three times the price. I thought it would be great to open a shop here where you could weigh and pay whilst mak­ing the prices com­pete as much as pos­si­ble with su­per­mar­kets.

“It’s im­por­tant to have it ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one, not just the wealthy.

“The more peo­ple that can shop pack­ag­ing-free, the bet­ter it will be for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Clean Kilo will also of­fer a click and col­lect ser­vice so cus­tomers can drop off their own con­tain­ers and col­lect them later.

Tom is launch­ing a Crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to help fund the fit­ting of the shop.

Find out more de­tails at www.the­cleankilo.co.uk.

Tom Pell

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The Clean Kilo zero waste su­per­mar­ket, launch­ing in Dig­beth, will see shop­pers ditch pack­ag­ing in favour of reusable jars and tubs. Right, Tom Pell

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