No sustain, no gain: how sustainable shopping is taking off

Sustainably minded stores offering customers an alternative way to shop have seen demand for their products grow during the lockdown. Sarah Taaffe-Maguire meets three business owners readying themselves for renewed success

10th May, 2020
No sustain, no gain: how sustainable shopping is taking off
John Tedders, owner Galway eco store The Filling Station, has had a huge response since opening the doors last July. Picture: Andrew Downes

The concept of a packaging-free store, where customers bring their own containers to be filled with whatever quantity of organic flour, pulses or cleaning products buyers choose, was new to Galway city when the Filling Station opened last July. It wasn’t new to owner John Tedders, however. When he was a child, his family operated a grocery store in Galway county where ingredients were measured out as was the customer’s wish.

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