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

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

Zero-waste recipes & tips feat. Betty Rose Bakes – versatile flapjack recipe

This is the first in a series of zero-waste recipe features for the Shop Zero blog. And we’re pleased to be joined by Sam Rose of Betty Rose Bakes. At Shop Zero we love to support other local companies who share our ethics Betty Rose Bakes is a local baking business with a focus on … Read more

12 Zero-Waste and Sustainability Tips for Nottingham Students

🍀A big Shop Zero welcome to all students coming to Nottingham! This blog post is based on the zero-waste and sustainability experiences of Bianca who works at Shop Zero – 2020 and during the COVID pandemic! Hi, I’m Bianca. I’ve just graduated from Nottingham Trent University and I’m here to give you my official Student … Read more

How to use plastic-free dental care

Making your dental care routine plastic free  Why the need to cut down on plastic?  Recent studies have revealed marine plastic pollution in 100% of marine turtles, 59% of whales, 36% of seals and 40% of seabird species examined. 100,000 marine mammals and turtles and 1 million sea birds are killed by marine plastic pollution … Read more

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