A zero waste shop is set to launch in a Chorley village

A unique zero-waste shop is set to launch.

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 10:28 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 10:30 am
Amanda Cross who is set to launch Fill Yer Boots

The business – a plastic-free refill shop – will open in Adlington if planning councillors give it the go ahead.

The shop – which will be called Fill Yer Boots on Railway Road – will sell everyday products at affordable prices without the need for plastic packaging.

The main focus of the business will be to reduce plastic and food waste in the village.

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The shop is the idea of mum-of three Amanda Cross, 41, who lives in Adlington, after relocating to the area from the Fylde 16 years ago.

She also plans to work with the local community, raising awareness of climate change issues by offering lessons and talks to local schools and community groups.

In a business plan supporting her application to Chorley Council, she says: “There is a huge gap in the market for an affordable zero waste shop.”

She adds: “We have done extensive market research and there are no zero waste shops currently trading with the needs we have identified.”

Amanda told the Guardian: “I became aware of the needs to reduce the affects of climate change a couple of years ago now. I was working in a shop and thought now’s the time to raise awareness of climate change and plastic free.”

Amanda says refill items would include cleaning products, for example, and hopefully food products if given the go ahead by the council.

And she feels Adlington is an ideal place to set up shop, as opposed to a town centre, as the local, close-knit community there would be on the doorstep to make the short trip to the business on a regular basis.

She pointed out to the council, too, that: “Chorley is currently 20 per cent below similar local authorities on household waste targets and we want to be a factor in aiming to improve this statistic and go even further to help the council reach a target of zero waste by 2030.”