Zero waste shop opens in Edinburgh following funding

Zero waste supermarket The Eco Larder opened this week following a £5000 Start It award from social enterprise development agency, Firstport.

Matthew Foulds, co-founder of The Eco Larder, was one of 11 social entrepreneurs to receive a share of £54,000 funding in this latest round.

The grants, designed to support individuals to cover essential start-up costs, were awarded as part of the Scottish Government’s Social Entrepreneurs Fund.

The zero waste movement encourages the redesign, recycling and reuse of materials and products, in order to limit the amount of rubbish sent to landfill, for incineration or in the ocean.

Matthew and his wife Stephanie decided to set up the Eco Larder in early 2018, in an attempt to make it easier for Edinburgh residents to reduce their plastic waste footprint. The shop is dedicated to being totally package-free.

Following the Start It grant, and a successful crowdfunding campaign, The Eco Larder has secured a premises in Haymarket and is ready to serve the Edinburgh community.

Ahead of the opening, co-founder Matthew said: “Through our fully dedicated zero waste, plastic and package free mini supermarket, our aim is to reduce plastic waste filling up our oceans and to create a greener planet.

“We can’t wait to open our doors and to give the Edinburgh community the choice of reducing its plastic footprint, speeding up the change that needs to happen for our future.”