Sustainable Shopping

As many of you may have discovered by now, there is a new addition to the ranks of shops in
Burgess Hill; Scrapless joins the other small, independent businesses in the newly named
‘Martlets Square’. Scrapless is a low-waste refill shop, stocking an ever-expanding range of
food, toiletries, cleaning liquids and kitchen products.
Working with suppliers who share it’s eco-friendly ethos and with no single use plastic
packaging in sight, Scrapless’ key aims are to help local shoppers reduce the amount of
unnecessary packaging in their shopping basket and to support a more circular economic
system. They provide predominately organic food and cleaning liquids in a refillable format,
encouraging customers to bring their own containers, buy new reusable ones in-store or use
one of our second-hand containers, kindly donated by customers and washed by staff ready to
be used again. Not only does this help reduce waste, but it also often helps to lower carbon
emissions, food waste and costs. As well as refills, Scrapless also offers fresh bread, pastries
and eggs, locally made gifts and sustainable swaps for your home. With one third of all food
produced worldwide ending up as waste, this new way of shopping enables our community to
fight against this tide.
Opening its doors in October of last year, Scrapless sits next door to New Look and has seen
thousands of forward-thinking and planet loving locals come through the door to start or extend
their zero waste journey. Meg King (aged 23) created Scrapless to provide a more sustainable,
accessible and convenient shopping experience for the Mid Sussex area that revolves around a
simple process; weigh the container, fill, then weigh again, buying as much or as little as is
needed. This reduces waste both in packaging and food – the average person in the UK
generates around 400kg of waste every year. That’s roughly equivalent to the weight of a grand
piano!
Over the years, with the increasing awareness of the environmental crises plaguing our
wonderful planet, Meg felt it was time that she did what she could to help our community make
some changes. A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found that every year “at least 8m
tonnes of plastics leak into the ocean – which is the equivalent to dumping the contents of one
garbage truck into the ocean every minute. If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to
two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050.”
This is a first time business venture for Meg and she wholeheartedly hopes that Scrapless can
evolve into more than just a refill store for our local community. She hopes to see the shop grow
and develop into an environmental hub for the community, hosting talks and workshops and
organising litter picks and beach cleans. As a Community Interest Company, Meg is always
looking for ways to expand and improve Scrapless, so that it can provide more of what our
community needs. What would you like to find in store? Let Meg and the team know if you have
any requests or suggestions and they will be happy to see what they can do.
“You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to ditch the unnecessary packaging and make more
sustainable choices, especially when we’ve done the hard work for you! We welcome anyone
and everyone to come in and explore what changes they can make to help the planet. Take up
the challenge and think outside the bin!”
Open during lockdown for all your refill needs, Scrapless also offers Click & Collect, local home
deliveries, Terracycle collections and fresh fruit and vegetable boxes from Fruit and Veg Boxes
Horsham, available to order online via their website, www.fruitandvegboxeshorsham.co.uk
Scrapless, Unit 25-29 The Martlets Shopping Centre, Burgess Hill
www.scrapless.co.uk
Lockdown opening hours: Tuesday – Friday 11-5; Saturday 9:30-5; Sunday 11-3
Every second Thursday 11-7.

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