Bare’s ne­ces­si­ties will help green shop­pers make the right choices

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY KIRSTEN ROBERT­SON

An Aberdeen­shire moth­erof-two is help­ing to fight cli­mate change.

Kirsty Colvin is launch­ing El­lon’s first zero-waste store in a bid to help re­duce waste across Aberdeen­shire.

The 28-year-old was in­spired to launch the ven­ture along­side part­ner

Jamie Thom af­ter she strug­gled to find ecofriendl­y goods for her fam­ily lo­cally.

The new store – Bare – is hoped to open be­fore Christ­mas.

“We re­ally started from scratch with this,” she said.

“As a fam­ily we try to re­duce our waste but found it dif­fi­cult and there are lit­tle re­sources lo­cally.

“We were buy­ing a lot on­line and af­ter weigh­ing up op­tions de­cided, why don’t we launch our own store?”

The cou­ple did some mar­ket re­search and found many peo­ple in El­lon were “in the same boat”, want­ing to be­come more eco-friendly, but strug­gled to find sup­plies lo­cally.

Ms Colvin, mum to eightyear-old Brodie and twoyear-old Find­lay, de­vel­oped a busi­ness plan and last week got the keys to 27 Bridge Street.

She said: “We’ll have a va­ri­ety of items – grav­ity dis­pensers which will store dry foods, ce­real, pasta, rice, seeds, herbs and spices. There will be un­packed snacks as well as chem­i­cal-free clean­ing ma­te­ri­als and eco-friendly tooth­brushes.

“It is quite daunt­ing to launch this but we are also very ex­cited.”

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