We love Weigh of the World in Northwich! They offer shoppers an eco-friendly alternative for a range of foods and household items.
Weigh of the World, which prides itself as a zero waste shop, opened to the public on in November 2019 and as the brainchild of Kirsty Wernham who lives in the town.
The main premise of the shop is that customers can go in and weigh out precisely the amount of dried food they would like such as pasta, nuts, herbs or spices and they can also buy items that have environmental backing to encourage people to reuse rather than throw away or recycle.
Kirsty explains: ‘It’s very different to most shops you’ll go into. There are wonderful smells from the herbs and spices to the soy candles and soaps and it’s a slow, chilled atmosphere. You can come in and buy just a few chocolate brazils or a large tub of pasta. If you’ve got a recipe you want to try and you only need a teaspoon of a herb you don’t have in your cupboard you can buy just that in the shop.”
“The prices are generally below the supermarkets and you’re not forced to buy in the quantities they prescribe, plus you’re reusing your own containers rather than gaining more plastic packaging.”
All you have to do is bring a container, weigh it while it’s empty so they can take off the weight of the container at the end and fill it with as much or as little as you want of an item! You only pay for the food you’ve put in it – it’s as simple as that.
As well as food, Weigh of the World offers eco products such as bamboo toothbrushes, handmade soaps, metal straws and kids toys.
Kirsty is currently testing out opening on Mondays instead of Wednesdays after she had a lot of customers say… “I wish you were open on Mondays!” If Kirsty and the team get enough people coming on Mondays then they will look at making it a permanent change.