Shop Zero in Nottingham city centre continues to encourage sustainable living despite spiralling costs forcing household shoppers to make changes to their regular weekly shopping habits.

According to the Food Standards Agency the rising prices of everyday foods has resulted in nearly a quarter (23%) of survey participants saying they have reduced the size of or skipped a meal due to not being able to afford to purchase household food.

The sustainable living store has recently announced their new Plant Swap Project which aims to be a “chill and social” time to bring the community together.

The project will have a pay as you can option for a charity donation in order to raise money for a Nottingham food bank.

People being are asked to bring any plants, compost, grown produce, flower and vegetable seeds to the exchange, to avoid going to waste.

This is just one of many workshops Sarah Maloy runs to help people make the step into the world of sustainable living.

Owner Sarah Maloy made the switch to plastic-free in 2016 but said she felt very overwhelmed.

She believes this makes her the perfect person to inspire others to make small but significant changes.

“I did a talk at the environment agency and a few of them there said they found it a bit intimidating when they visited other zero waste shops and they didn’t buy anything because of how they felt,” she says.

While many people have been forced to cut their spending Sarah believes saving money and saving the planet can go hand in hand.

“It can extremely beneficial in the long term,” she says.

“We have visible mending workshops to help mend your clothes rather than throwing them away”

Sarah Maloy, Owner

“So, even if the big mainstream companies aren’t doing anything about it, small companies like mine will have these events to show people what changes they can make so we can help protect our planet,” she says.

The money saving comes from customers reusing containers to stock up on essentials and by purchasing products that have been bought in bulk, which makes them cheaper.

Since its opening on Friar Lane fifth-teen months ago, Sarah has also been holding frequent workshops, events, and talks from different guest speakers. 

Owner of Shop Zero explains what workshops are on offer to attend.


Employee and textile artist, Alex Vincent says:

“As a freelance artist, working at Shop Zero for almost a year now has also given me the chance to display and sell my work here.

I’ve worked in a zero-waste environment before so it’s great to see how far the shop has come since I’ve been here and how many more people have opened themselves to eco-friendly items”, he says.

Find out more about money and planet saving workshops here.