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Zero Waste Kids Workshops – Summer Holiday Series

BATH BOMB DUST KIDS WORKSHOP

Join the Awesome.wales team to make your very own jar of multi coloured bath bomb dust. Learn the secrets and science that makes bath bombs bubble and fizz. Choose your favourite scents and fill a jar with a beautiful mix of colours. Plus, it’s completely plastic free!

You will get to take home your own jar of bath bomb dust to use or give as a gift.

This 45 minute workshop will take place in the cafe space at Awesome wales. Suitable for children aged 6-16

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult, you will be welcome to use the cafe or browse the store, but please remain onsite for the entirety of the workshop.

Please make the team aware of any allergies before you start the workshop.

Wednesday 4 August – Cowbridge Store

Friday 6 August – Barry Store

Book your tickets at

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/awesomewales-zero-waste-store-22901732745

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The Zero Waste Kitchen

I’m Amy, and two years ago I opened Awesome Wales Zero Waste Store in Barry with my partner Stuart. We had watched the Blue Planet II documentary with Sir David Attenborough which highlighted the impact of waste plastic in our seas and oceans. We decided that we wanted to try to reduce the amount of single-use plastic packaging that we were using at home, especially in our food shopping. But, we were frustrated that there were no shops in the Vale of Glamorgan where you could bring your own containers to shop for items such as rice, pasta, dried fruit and herbs and spices. We were stuck travelling a 20 mile round trip into Cardiff to visits zero waste stores there, but it seemed counterproductive to be increasing our carbon footprint with a weekly visit. So, we decided to open our very own zero waste store in Holton Road in Barry and we opened our doors in July 2019. The store sells over 2000 products including loose food, toiletries and cleaning products where you can fill your own container, plus eco friendly toys, gifts and books.

Today I wanted to share some of the ideas we have picked up along our zero waste journey, to help you to reduce the amount of single-use plastic that you have in your kitchen, to reduce food waste and help you to discover some awesome local traders who are pioneering eco friendly shopping in the Vale of Glamorgan.

What special kit do I need to shop Zero Waste?

The most important thing you need to remember when you’re shopping zero waste is that you don’t need any special kit to get started. While Instagram may show you beautiful pictures of organic tote bags, bamboo containers and clip top jars, you probably already have something suitable at home. And that’s even better for the environment.

For loose food such as rice, pasta, dried fruit and nuts, try some of these ideas…

  • you could use an old takeaway tub, these are great as it’s easy to see what is inside too
  • the ziplock bags that come with cheese, nuts and dried fruit inside can be washed and reused for shopping over and over again
  • plastic protein drink shakers make the perfect container for small items like rice as you can pour straight out of the spout
  • if you’re buying flour, bring your old flour bags, they’re surprisingly strong and easy to recognise when you get home

I’ve even seen customers filling old babies bottles with apricots, pillowcases filled with oats and a hat filled with tomatoes! Don’t worry if your zero waste shopping kit doesn’t look perfect, it’s so much better for the planet to use what you already have, and cheaper too! What items do you have at home that you could reuse?

Isn’t eco-friendly shopping really expensive?

That’s a bit of a myth. Zero Waste shopping doesn’t need to be expensive, in fact, once you get stuck in you may find that you’re saving money overall. I find that certain items save a lot of money, especially things like dried herbs. It only costs me 14p to refill my jar of dried basil that would cost at least 50p in a cheap supermarket. Plus I’m not creating the demand for a new glass jar which will require energy to recycle.

Dried pulses, beans and grains can be a good place to make savings too, starting at around 11p per 100g, plus they’re nutritious, easy to cook with and so versatile as you can create hundreds of different recipes. And no plastic waste – just fill your own container with what you need.

Buying the amount you need, rather than being forced by supermarkets to buy bulk packs can save money on your weekly shop too.

Buy by weight – bye bye waste

Trying a new recipe? You can save money and cut food waste by buying exactly the amount of each ingredient you need. If you only want 125g of pudding rice or 12g of smoked paprika, you can weigh out what you need at your nearest zero waste store. You won’t have half empty packages and jars at the back of the cupboard which get thrown out during your next KonMari session.

Some items taste so much better when they’re bought little-and-often so that they are as fresh as possible, especially ground spices like chilli, paprika, curry powders and turmeric.

Food waste is a huge issue, with nearly £10 billion worth of food being thrown away every year in the UK alone. You can cut food waste starting in your own kitchen by taking some of the tips we have shared.

Love fresh fruit and veggies? Check out your local greengrocer or try a local veg box scheme

At Awesome, our customers often describe their Veg Box delivery as “like Christmas” because the produce changes to fit the seasons and there’s always something new to enjoy. A weekly or fortnightly veg box delivery encourages you to be a little more creative with your meal planning and cooking, plus you don’t have to worry about popping to the shops. Veg box delivery is offered by Awesome Wales and Elwyn’s Produce (see list at the bottom of the page).

If a veg box is too much for you, why not check out your local greengrocer, there are so many great options across the Vale where you can pick up loose fruit and vegetables. Remember to bring your own reusable bags and containers because even a paper bag has a carbon footprint. Your local greengrocer will be able to advise you what is in season, how to cook with the more ‘weird and wonderful’ ingredients and how to store your fresh produce for the best shelf life too.

That all sounds great – but what about snacks and treats?

I’m definitely partial to a little treat every now and then, but the great news is that shopping zero waste doesn’t have to be all veggies and lentils! Here are a few great options that are available…

Two Farmers crisps are produced in the UK in home-compostable packaging, that means you can pop the bag into your compost bin at home and it will compost completely within 6 months.

There are also lots of other snacks and treats that you can pick up at your local zero waste store, including, nuts, dried fruits, bombay mix, or pick and mix sweets. Our favourites are dark chocolate coffee beans and fizzy vegan jelly sweets.

Where can I shop Zero Waste in the Vale of Glamorgan?

Thankfully, since we started Awesome Wales, there are now lots of options to shop without plastic waste in the Vale, including some newcomers and a few hidden gems, here’s a few that we would recommend…

Home delivery across the Vale of Glamorgan

Awesome Wales Home Delivery – veg box subscriptions, wholefoods and groceries delivered to your door

Elwyn’s Produce – Locally grown veg bag delivery

Barry

Awesome Wales Zero Waste Store Barry – 74 Holton Road, Barry CF63 4HE

Jacquie’s Greengrocer – High Street, Barry

Sarah’s Fruit and Veg – Park Crescent, Barry

Cowbridge

Awesome Wales Zero Waste Store Cowbridge – 44 High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AG

Cowbridge Farm Shop – Marlborough Grange Farm, Cowbridge

Cowbridge Farmers Market – Every Saturday in Arthur John’s Car Park

The Cowbridge Food Collective – Online Farmer’s Market, click and collect every Thursday

Forage Farm Shop – Penllyn Estate, Cowbridge

Strawberry Fields Greengrocer – The Old Institute, Cowbridge

Llantwit

Major Refill – toiletries refill service

Penarth

Zero Penarth – Windsor Arcade, Penarth

Windsor Fruit Stores – Windsor Arcade, Penarth

Have we forgotten any handy tips or shops local to you? Drop us an email to amy@awesome.wales. And remember your containers!

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Awesome Half Term Workshops

A series of zero waste workshop from Awesome.wales – Join us this Half Term (17-21 February 2020) to learn how to make your own lip balm, create super slime, design your own beeswax food wrap or construct a jar of multi-coloured bath bomb dust

SUPER SLIME KIDS WORKSHOP – MONDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2020

Join the Awesome.wales team to make your very own super slime. Try out three different slime recipes and choose your favourite to take home. Trying out different colours and even smells, add bubbles and make your slime your very own. Plus, it’s completely plastic free!

You will get to take home your own jar of customised slime. Please note, as our slime doesn’t contain any chemical preservatives it only lasts for 7 days following the workshop and should then be disposed of – it can go into your compost or food waste as it’s made with all natural food-grade ingredients.

This 45 minute workshop will take place in the cafe space at Awesome wales. Suitable for children aged 6-16

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult, you will be welcome to use the cafe or browse the store, but please remain onsite for the entirety of the workshop.

Book your tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/slime-kids-workshop-awesome-half-term-series-tickets-93424393877

MAKE YOUR OWN BEESWAX WRAP KIDS WORKSHOP – WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2020

Join the Awesome.wales team to make your very own beeswax food wrap. You’ll get to pick your favourite 100% cotton fabric and learn the secrets of making the perfect wrap that’s flexible, tacky and ideal for wrapping your sandwiches or leftovers. Plus, it’s completely plastic free!

You will get to take home your own beeswax food wrap to use or give as a gift.

This 45 minute workshop will take place in the cafe space at Awesome wales. Suitable for children aged 10-16

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult, you will be welcome to use the cafe or browse the store, but please remain onsite for the entirety of the workshop.

Book your tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beeswax-wrap-kids-workshop-awesome-half-term-series-tickets-93421045863

MAKE YOUR OWN LIP BALM KIDS WORKSHOP – THURSDAY 20 FEBRUARY 2020

Join the Awesome.wales team to make your very own lip balm and flavoured lip scrub. You’ll get to name your creation and make a customised label too. Plus, it’s completely plastic free!

You will get to take home your own pot to use or give as a gift.

This 45 minute workshop will take place in the cafe space at Awesome wales. Suitable for children aged 6-16

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult, you will be welcome to use the cafe or browse the store, but please remain onsite for the entirety of the workshop.

Please make the team aware of any allergies before you start the workshop.

Book your tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lip-balm-kids-workshop-awesome-half-term-series-tickets-93399687981

BATH BOMB DUST KIDS WORKSHOP – FRIDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2020

Join the Awesome.wales team to make your very own jar of multi coloured bath bomb dust. Learn the secrets and science that makes bath bombs bubble and fizz. Choose your favourite scents and fill a jar with a beautiful mix of colours. Plus, it’s completely plastic free!

You will get to take home your own jar of bath bomb dust to use or give as a gift.

This 45 minute workshop will take place in the cafe space at Awesome wales. Suitable for children aged 6-16

Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult, you will be welcome to use the cafe or browse the store, but please remain onsite for the entirety of the workshop.

Please make the team aware of any allergies before you start the workshop.

Book your tickets at
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bath-bomb-dust-kids-workshop-awesome-half-term-series-tickets-93178905615

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Awesome.wales Crowdfunder is now live!

Awesome Wales will be the Vale’s first Zero waste shop in Barry. We aim to be a hub for the community, but need your help to make it happen.

 

What is Awesome Wales and why are we doing this?

Awesome Wales is a social enterprise aiming to open a Zero waste store and coffee shop slap bang in the middle of Barry town centre. Our aim is to help you to protect the environment, save money and eat more healthily, all while doing your weekly shop.

Awesome will be a plastic free shopping experience, no unnecessary plastic packaging, no plastic straws or coffee cup lids, no plastic toothbrushes and razors and definitely no plastic carrier bags! Instead we will offer products that are environmentally friendly and ethically produced, including bamboo toothbrushes, metal straws, reusable takeaway coffee cups and obviously there will be zero plastic packaging.

But we can’t do this on our won, so we’re asking for your help. Please make your pledge today at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/awesomewales 

What’s on offer at Awesome Wales, Barry?

Our aim at Awesome is to allow you to purchase most of the things you buy in your weekly shop at the supermarket, without the unnecessary plastic packaging. All our products will be ethically produced and locally sourced, our bakery items are baked in Cardiff, our dairy products come from Barry, even our coffee beans are roasted in Pontypridd. Speaking of coffee, Awesome will also include a zero waste, ethically sourced and environmentally friendly coffee shop. This will also be selling locally produced cupcakes, tray-bakes and brownies along with crisps in home compostable packets and fruit.

Here at Awesome Wales we understand that people have different budgets and disposable incomes, we also believe that this should not restrict you from taking part in the zero waste lifestyle. On opening we will be stocking over 400 lines of items, including a range of 30 core products sold at a lower cost. This range will include pantry staples such as rice, bran flakes and oats, enabling people of all budgets to take advantage of our range whilst still ensuring they are buying good quality, ethically produced and sourced products. We will also be stocking 50 different herbs and spices, specialist dried goods such as hemp seeds, brown lentils and oat bran, wet goods including fabric conditioner and washing detergent and toiletries such as shampoo, soaps, hair conditioner, even bamboo toilet roll.

There will also be items stocked for those with special dietary requirements including vegan friendly, gluten free and cruelty free toiletries too.

Community Hub

Awesome is a social enterprise which means the local community is vitally important to us. With this in mind we are hoping to use our coffee shop space to hold community events and workshops.

We’re hoping to work with Repair Cafe Wales to host a monthly event where you can get your broken items repaired instead of throwing them away and buying new ones. This will reduce the number of items ending up in landfill and save you money at the same time. We will be hosting cooking workshops where you can learn to cook from scratch using healthy wholefood ingredients. There will also be educational, environmental workshops where you will learn how to make your own cleaning products such as fabric conditioner and even dishwasher tablets. All of these workshops and events have a dual purpose to reduce wastage and to create a community spirit and atmosphere.

As a Community Interest Company profits from the company will also be invested in local community groups and activities, allowing more people to become involved and decreasing social isolation.

Why zero waste?

Like many people, we watched in horror the BBC documentary ‘Blue Planet II’, and realised that something needed to be done to save our environment. Mankind’s current reliance on plastic cannot continue without it having a devastating impact on the environment and wildlife, we’ve all seen the terrible pictures of sea life being affected by plastic waste in our oceans. We realised that whilst campaigning on a large scale, like the recent protests in London by Extinction Rebellion, is great at bringing government’s attention to the issues, we can all can take steps that make a difference right now. A few small changes made by a whole bunch of people can make a huge impact. We will help you to make these small changes, by offering an ethical alternative to the supermarket giants.

Donations and how we’ll use them

There’s a significant set up cost to make a shop like this work for the whole community, we won’t bore you with all the details but we will need everything from scales to food dispensers and flooring to baby changing. We promise to invest your money wisely in the best equipment for the job, maximising the opportunity for our customers to serve themselves and re-connect with the food we’re selling.

Your investment will also help us to purchase all of the lovely stock for the shop floor, sourcing from local growers, bakers and food co-ops. Our orders will be delivered to us in sustainable packaging, ensuring that the shop’s landfill waste is minimal.

Our aim is to place orders with companies that offer circular economy when delivering items, his will ensure less plastic wastage and therefore continue our companies vision to be “Zero Waste and plastic free in Barry”

Our rewards

In return for your pledges we have over 25 different rewards available, from getting your name on our wall of gratitude, sourdough starter kits, reusable coffee cups and free coffees,to our Awesome day out if you are feeling particularly generous. Whatever your preferences we are sure you will find a reward to your liking and definitely worth pledging for.

Make your pledge today at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/awesomewales