Our Big News
By the time you’re reading this our new bank of bulk dispensers offering a wide range of nuts and seeds, grains and pulses, dried fruit, breakfast cereals, plus sweet and savory snacks will be standing proudly in our hallway. We’ve decided it’s time to espouse the zero/minimal waste ethic as fully as we can. We’re not the only ones. Zero waste shops are popping up all over the country in answer to the growing public consciousness of just how we can’t go on polluting the planet with the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste, that we’re producing.
According to a national newspaper earlier this year ” The zero waste, or minimal waste, movement is growing with aplomb in Ireland. Consumers are saying “no” to packaging. They enter a shop with their own empty containers and leave the shop, having filled those containers with the goods they need.
No more plastic bags when buying meat. No more shampoo or shower gel bottles. No more cling film or tin foil. No more disposable nappies, and even, no more disposable sanitary towels (washable cloth options and moon cups are gaining attention).
Instead, a refill method where customers fill up their own containers with whatever they need and pay by weight.”
It takes a little time and effort to get used to a new way of shopping especially if, like most of us, you’ve spent your whole life picking things up from shelves without any thought to what happens to the byproducts of doing so. But there are advantages. You can immediately save money by shopping this way as it’s cheaper to buy from a bulk bin than to buy the packaged equivalent. All our bulk produce will be organic so (A) you get chemical free food and are supporting an agricultural system that’s not polluting the planet (B) your shop isn’t polluting the planet with plastic waste (C) you buy just as little or as much as you need so avoiding waste and (D) you’re saving the money you’d have spent on packaging. By and large the organic produce in our bins will cost you the same or less than non organic, inferior produce elsewhere. The idea may take a little getting used to but in the end we think it’s a no brainer!
So how does it work? We’ll provide paper (free) or reusable cotton (chargeable) bags for you to fill and take away or we have posh Kilner jars for sale for longer term storage and refilling or you can choose to bring any container of your own choice to refill.
We have lots of the add ons like the bamboo toothbrushes, the bamboo coffee cups for your take away, the reusable sanitary ware, the beeswax wraps to replace cling film but we all still have a long way to go to even approach a zero or minimal waste lifestyle, I think it’ll be a long, slow process of change for most of us but we’re pretty proud to be among the first to support it in Wexford. Right now you can’t walk into the shop without seeing the possibilities staring you in the face. How you react is up to you.
Doris Potter, rhythmical massage therapist
If you were lucky enough to get a free sample of Doris’s massage TLC on her introductory day last month then I don’t need to tell you just how good she is but, if not, Michelle was one of those lucky people and here’s her take on it.
I was Doris’s first client of the day and my first impression was that the room down the back of the shop was very warm and comforting, within a few minutes I forgot I was at my place of work and just let my mind drift. My massage I have to say was pure indulgence, it was my first time having a rhythmical massage and it was very relaxing and rhythmical! The movements are rounded with an element of suction rather than pressure and are designed to influence the flow of fluids through the body.
I went with a complaint of tension in my shoulders but after the massage Doris informed me that I had a coldness and lack of presence in my thighs, calves and feet which were probably affecting my neck and shoulders so rather than focus on where I tight she would work on my lower part of my body to influence the other. Dr Hauschka actually opened the first school for Rhythmical Massage in Germany in 1962 and Doris used Dr Hauschka oils for for her massages and she used Dr Hauschka’s Moor Lavender Calming Body Oil which added to the whole relaxing experience.
And to end…….
Yes there’s still the best part of month’s mad preparations to go but I don’t think it’s too early to wish you all our loyal customers a very, very happy Christmas. Don’t give yourself too much to do, it’s meant to be a holiday! Let all the people you love know about it and enjoy it when the feeling comes back to you. If you eat and drink a little too much forgive yourself. Be sure to take a little quiet time out to think back and ahead. Be grateful for every blessing you have and enjoy the fun. You’ll hear from us again as a New Year comes in.
Happy Christmas from Chloé, Kim, Michelle, Josephine, Nichola, Paul, Paul and Gerald.