Waitrose are years ahead when it comes to reducing waste and saving our planet from plastic pollution, I am so impressed by waitroses refilling station’s! Total respect to waitrose for making this major change and hopefully it gets rolled out in all thier stores nationwide. For just now they are doing a test run in selected stores.
The supermarket originally launched its Unpacked test in its Oxford Botley Road shop in June, and, following an overwhelmingly positive response with more than 90 per cent of those surveyed saying they would continue to shop Unpacked, announced it would be extending the test there and in three more shops by the end of this year including Cheltenham.
Waitrose is seeking to get as much feedback as possible on its Unpacked test. Customers can share their thoughts via a feedback survey on Waitrose.com/Unpacked, and by using #WaitroseUnpacked Twitter and Instagram.
Coffee refills – Customers can grind one of four coffees in store to take home in a reusable container to reduce glass and plastic packaging.
Mike Snowdon, Branch Manager at Waitrose & Partners Cheltenham, said:
“We’re thrilled to be only the second of our shops to have Waitrose Unpacked and will be looking for as much feedback as possible from our customers. We’re still testing the different concepts so Cheltenham shoppers will have a huge say on how we can develop ideas which have the potential to be rolled out more widely.”
Essential refillables – 28 products including pasta, rice, grains, couscous, lentils, cereals, dried fruit and seeds have been taken out of packaging and is available through dispensers.
Frozen pick and mix – Frozen mango, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, pineapple and raspberries are packaging free.
Detergent and washing up liquid refillables – Waitrose & Partners is the first supermarket to partner with Ecover to provide refills of detergent and washing up liquid.
Wine and beer refillables – Four different wines and four different beers are available on tap to take home in reusable bottles.
These are the refillables you will be able to experience in selected stores and hopefully inside of all waitrose stores soon. Who wouldn’t want an easy fruit pick and mix fridge that you can just take as many or as little as you would like of each variety?
A new Cookery School has also been launched at the cheltenham store which will host demos by Waitrose experts, see picture above. Learn to create delicious new meals for you and your family.