The Eco Shop opens in Great Casterton to help people ditch plastic
People keen to ditch the plastic from their shopping baskets can do more for the environment thanks to a new venture.
This month Michelle Martell opened The Eco Shop opposite Casterton College in Great Casterton - and it was frustration that helped prompt her dramatic change of career.
“When I settled down to have children I became upset by the amount of single-use plastic that gets thrown away because it can’t be recycled,” she said. “I wanted to do my bit for the environment and make plastic-free shopping available to more people.”
Michelle, who had spent 22 years working with vulnerable children and adults with mental health issues and addictions, admits opening the shop has been quite a big change, but one in which she can continue to help people.
“Reducing single-use plastic does have an impact - and the amount I can do to help with this is potentially limitless. I’m not an eco guru, but I’m learning a lot as I go along.”
The Eco Shop range includes cereals, nuts and mueslis, dried herbs and spices, bamboo toothbrushes, and cleaning sponges made from compostable materials.
Michelle also stocks Ocean Saver cleaning products to refill old plastic spray bottles, and shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and household detergents that are free of parabens, sulphates and palm oil.
In the run up to Christmas, she hopes to include wrapping paper and sticky tape that are fully recyclable.
Michelle, 44, has clearly passed on her enthusiasm to her children, Jackson and Reggie - nine-year-old Jackson has already represented fellow pupils as an ‘eco counsellor’ at Ryhall Primary School.
“The purpose of my shop is to make plastic-free shopping affordable,” said Michelle, who is encouraging customers to order online and collect their goods, to keep everyone safe from Covid-19.
To find out more visit www.theecoshop.net or search The Eco Shop on Facebook.