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Thanks for stopping by! 

I have been working on this project for a while and the more I talked to people about it, the more I realized I was getting an incredibly positive response. 

After seeing effects on our oceans, I did some research and found a whole community of people following the zero waste lifestyle, all over the world. One of these people is Bea Johnson who wrote ''Zero Waste Home'' which has helped me to reduce the waste in my life and has encouraged me to help make this easier for others. She also explains the truths behind recycling, something we should all be aware of. 

Oceans are suffering due to our incredibly huge plastic industry and above all, the single-use plastic. 

• Over 8 million tonnes of plastic makes its way to our oceans each year • By 2050 it is predicted that plastic will outweigh fish 

• Marine life and birds are constantly ingesting plastic which often results in death 

• People that eat fish are at risk of consuming the potentially toxic plastic 

• A recent study has found that even bottled water may contain plastic 

It is important to realize the consequences of our actions, however; changing our lifestyles and how we shop is easier said than done. This zero waste shop will do all the hard work for customers, while also promoting the preservation and conservation of our planet. The shop will be located in the prime location of the district of El Born where there is easy public transport and a high concentration of potential customers of all ages. The main goal is to promote and spread the zero waste lifestyle or at the very least, encourage people to be more conscious of the waste they produce and the results of us continuing at this rate of pollution. 

The shop will be stocked with everyday foods that customers frequently buy in packaging offering them another, eco-friendly option. These foods will range from cereals and pastas to oils and even chocolate. Customers will be encouraged to bring their own containers which can include Tupperware, glass, or just about anything else that can hold food. This saves them money on packaging and can help to create better space and organisation in their kitchen. For those that forget containers, or pop in at the spur of the moment, there will be containers for sale, along with free compostable paper bags (as they are compostable these don't count as waste although the use of containers is encouraged!) 

Other ecological products in the shop will include bamboo toothbrushes, travel coffee mugs, and products that collaborate with ocean charities to help give something back, among others. 

To maintain high sanitary levels, modern gravity dispensers will be used for the bulk foods while jars and pots will be used for smaller items such as spices. These will be charged based on weight. 

How it works: 

1. Weigh the container – a ticket with the weight of the container is printed from the scales which can be stuck on and kept for following visits 

2. Fill the container – choose some of the delicious food on offer 

3. Weigh the container again – input the weight of the container on the scales and the total weight can be printed or written down 

4. Pay at till – take all items to the till to pay! 

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¡Gracias por la visita!          

Llevo trabajando en este proyecto bastante tiempo y he descubierto que la gran mayoría está de acuerdo conmigo. 
Tras ver los efectos que nuestros deshechos han causado en el oceano, investigué y encontré una comunidad de gente que siguen el estilo de vida ''zero waste''. Una de estas personas es Bea Johnson, escritora del bestseller 'Residuo Cero en Casa', el cual me ha ayudado a reducir los deshechos en mi día a día y me ha animado a querer facilitar esta labor a otros. Esta autora también explica la verdad que se esconde tras el reciclaje, un tema del que todos deberíamos ser conscientes. 
Los océanos están sufriendo debido a nuestra gran industria plástica.
 ● Más de 8 millones de toneladas de plástico acaban en nuestros océanos cada año 
● Se prevé que antes de 2050 el plástico pesará más que los peces 
● La vida marina y los pájaros están ingiriendo continuamente plástico, lo que con frecuencia da como resultado la muerte  
● La gente que come pescado está en riesgo de consumir potencialmente plástico tóxico  
● Un estudio reciente prueba que incluso el agua de botellas podría contener dicho plástico  
Es importante darse cuenta de las consecuencias de nuestras acciones. Sin embargo, cambiar el estilo de vida, y cómo compramos es más fácil de decir que de hacer. 
Esta tienda de cero ‘’waste’’ facilitará la vida a nuestros futuros clientes, ahorrándoles así el trabajo duro. También promoverá la idea de preservación y conservación de nuestro planeta. La tienda estará ubicada en el barrio de El Born, el cual está muy bien comunicado y además hay una alta concentración de gente de distintas edades. La meta fundamental es promover el estilo de vida “zero waste” o como mínimo animarlos a que sean más conscientes de los gastos y el problema que implica para el ser humano seguir en este ritmo de contaminación. 
Dicho establecimiento venderá alimentos que normalmente compramos envasada en plásticos; desde cereales y pastas hasta aceites y chocolate. Sin embargo, se incentiva a la gente a que traiga sus propios recipientes, como por ejemplo, tuppers. Esto os ayudará a ahorrar dinero en envases y a la vez a organizar la cocina. Para los que olvidéis traerlos, habrá varios disponibles para su compra, así como bolsas biodegradables.  
Otros productos ecológicos que habrá en la tienda serán cepillos de dientes de bambú, tazas reusables y productos que colaboran con ONGs.
Para mantener niveles altos de higiene, el establecimiento estará equipado con dispensadores modernos para la comida a granel. Se utilizarán jarras y botes para los artículos más pequeños como especias y hierbas. Los alimentos se pagarán a peso.  
Pasos a seguir:  
1. Pesar el recipiente – desde la balanza se imprimirá un ticket adhesivo con el peso de este para saber siempre cuántos gramos restar al alimento que se quiere comprar.  
2. Llenar el recipiente – escoger cualquier alimento de la gran selección que tenemos.  
3. Pesar el recipiente de nuevo – pesar el producto y restar el peso del recipiente, desde la balanza te imprimirá un ticket con el precio total a pagar.  
4. Pagar en la caja – coger todos los productos ‘’zero waste’’ y pagar el importe final.

Useful links about the effects plastic is having on our environment and on us:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43388870

http://plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

Risks and challenges

One challenge I will no doubt come across is spreading the word and trying to convince regular supermarket shoppers to change their daily routine. In order to overcome this, I will promote and market the shop through media outlets in order to explain how easy sustainable shopping can be!

Another problem is finding cost-effective and local suppliers. I have been in contact with most of the suppliers and I have decided to use those which are affordable while they can still deliver products in bulk, with no plastic packaging. In order to make sure the suppliers are the most cost-effective, I will continue to talk to new ones and keep the customers up to date about where their products come from! There are, however, some products not yet available in Spain and so until they are, I will have to import these from the UK. These companies promote zero waste and therefore use minimal packaging.

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