Energy & Recycling

Published: November 20, 2019 | Updated: November 20, 2019

Saving Our Planet 2: Olive to the rescue as zero waste mobile shop takes to the county’s roads

Laurraine Veal of Our Planet Zero Waste.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Growing demand for zero waste and plastic-free shopping has led to a new business starting up in Dorset this weekend.

‘Our Planet Zero Waste’ is a mobile zero waste shop which will help people in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch do their bit to protect the planet by buying what they need in a more environmentally friendly way.

The venture is the idea of entrepreneur Laurraine Veal who describes herself as passionate about preserving the environment and reducing unnecessary waste and plastic use.

It aims to source its products as ethically and as locally as possible, and to provide a convenient service for people who are environmentally conscious and motivated to buy plastic-free products.

Our Planet Zero Waste also hopes to encourage customers to relearn their storage solutions so that everyone can contribute to a greener, more sustainable environment.

Laurraine Veal in the driving seat of Olive.

Together with her partner, Mark Burchell, Laurraine has bought and fitted out ‘Olive’ – an eco-van which will soon be travelling around Dorset selling affordable plastic-free and packaging-free products such as dried foods, household products and personal care products.

Olive has been equipped with reclaimed pallets and second-hand items which would otherwise have ended up in landfill.

As well as the waste-free and plastic-free shopping facility, Laurraine will also offer a re-fill service.

Customers can bring their own containers, tubs or bags for refilling to prevent the need to purchase single-use containers for products ranging from shampoos, soaps, cereals, rice and pasta.

Olive will be stopping at locations including Christchurch Market, Hamworthy, Sturminster Marshall, Ferndown, Broadstone and Corfe Mullen.

Laurraine is also planning to take the eco-van to farmers markets, festivals and local events throughout 2020.

Customers in those communities will be able to buy directly from the van, or they can place orders online at www.ourplanetzerowaste.co.uk/click-collect and later collect from Our Planet Zero Waste’s headquarters in Corfe Mullen.

Laurraine said: “We want to be able to help more people shop the zero waste way.

“Over the last ten years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.

“We know that so many people are frustrated by the lack of zero waste shops in their local communities, and this is despite the zero waste movement gathering force in other parts of the country and around the world.

“While I’ve always recycled, I was becoming more and more aware that recycling was not the complete answer.

“Like so many other people in Dorset, I want to reduce waste and buy products that aren’t wrapped in a lot of unnecessary single-use and plastic packaging, and resuse what we already have.

“But, when buying from supermarkets, the options are so limited. I knew this was the right time to offer local shoppers an eco-friendly alternative.”

Our Planet Zero Waste is welcoming pledges of investment from local businesses and individuals who support the ethos of the company in exchange for a variety of rewards and prizes including discount vouchers and branding opportunities.

A launch party is being organised for Saturday November 23 and anyone interested in attending to learn more about the Our Planet Zero Waste service and to take a look at the ‘Olive’ eco-van are welcome to attend.

For more details visit  https://www.facebook.com/ourplanetzerowaste.