Ethical gifting guide: 9 ways to delight your loved ones and help the planet

Ethical gifting

Mother’s Day is fast approaching in the UK and in a world where consumerism often reigns supreme, ethical gifting is more important than ever. One report back in 2020 estimated that £1 billion worth of gifts brought in the UK at Christmas time alone go unused out of the £4.5 billion spent on presents each … Read more

Student Starter Kits at Shop Zero – have you got yours yet?

Sustainable self care student kit

Today’s blog is for our wonderful student community. If you’ve just arrived in Nottingham as a student, we hope you’re settling in nicely and have had a chance to start exploring our brilliant city. Welcome! We’re so excited to have you here. And if you’re a returning student, welcome back! We think it’s safe to … Read more

Second Hand September – Dress for the world you want!

If you haven’t signed up to take part in Second Hand September, there’s still time! Second Hand September is now in full swing for the fifth year running. It’s a campaign by Oxfam to highlight the ethical and environmental problems associated with fast fashion and to encourage us all to buy second-hand clothing and accessories … Read more

Why the circular economy offers hope against climate change

Ripple effect in water

At Shop Zero, we’re always thinking about the circular economy. Indeed, it’s at the core of our business model, representing one of the best solutions to fight climate change and protect future generations. What is the circular economy? Over the past 50 years or so, we humans have been conditioned to think that everything in … Read more

Zero-waste living: A guide to help you live more sustainably

Zero-waste living summed up

Zero-waste living is a lifestyle that has been gaining popularity in recent years because we’re all becoming more aware of the impact our actions have on the environment. People regularly come into Shop Zero wanting to know more about zero-waste living and if there’s a “right” way to do it. While I know that many … Read more

How to save money with zero-waste living

Save money with zero-waste

Is it possible to save money with zero-waste living? I know that this is a common concern, especially with the cost of living skyrocketing. When I first started my zero-waste journey, one of the things that held me back was my assumption that living sustainably wouldn’t be affordable. With a family to think about, every … Read more

10 top tips about writing a self care journal and how this supports your sustainability journey

Self care journal work can help you on your sustainability journey

It might not seem an obvious link, but writing a self care journal is part of your journey to a more sustainable life. I’ve put together some top tips about how you can get journalling and reap the benefits for your well being. But how does writing a self care journal link to sustainability? I’ve … Read more

Small changes, big impact! 10 things you can do today to support your favourite sustainable business

Shopper stocks up on pasta in her own containers at her favourite sustainable business Shop Zero

I won’t lie – times are hard right now for local, sustainable, zero-waste shops like Shop Zero. A cost-of-living crisis following hot on the heels of a global pandemic means that High Streets everywhere are feeling the strain. Without wanting to be all doom and gloom, it really is a case of “use us or … Read more

Retail Assistant Vacancy – Shop Zero, July 22

Retail Assistant Vacancy – Shop Zero, July 2022 Shop Zero, Nottingham’s sustainable lifestyle shop and e-commerce store, is hiring a new team member for their retail assistant vacancy. This exciting role is focussed on developing the customer experience for both retail and events. Shop Zero has been helping the people of Nottingham reduce their environmental … Read more

Ethical Chocolate – the big issues & the brands showing chocolate doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure

Ethical chocolate Chocolate, I love it. But until I found some amazing ethical chocolate brands, I was less of a fan. I know chocolate has always been marketed as something of a guilty pleasure but it was early in my sustainability journey that I realised many chocolate brands are heavy on the guilty-part and light … Read more

Plastic Free July – why I started Shop Zero

The Plastic Free July Challenge I am often asked why and how I started Shop Zero. With Plastic Free July just around the corner, it reminded me of my own zero waste journey. And how my experiences led me to want to help others reduce their plastic-footprint. It was back in 2016. I was already … Read more

Shop Zero – post-lockdown trends – May 2021 With lockdown easing, and all of us coming out of enforced hibernation, I thought it might be interesting to reflect on the lockdown trends of Shop Zero customers – and what the new “faves” are as we head out in public again. Of course, we had pasta-gate, … Read more

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