A zero-waste refill store in Croxley reached a huge milestone last month as they celebrated their first birthday.
The Green Stores, located on New Road in the village celebrated the anniversary of their opening on April 25 and have reflected on opening in the midst of a global pandemic.
Wendy Iveson, owner of The Green Stores, said over the past year the community has saved an incredible amount of waste with over 1,800 toilet rolls covered in plastic saved.
She said: “We started off with about 100 products but not now we have about 400, we have quadrupled our stock.
“We have built more shelving and used every single space we could find and on our database we now have got over 1,000 people with around 150 people coming into the store a week.
Wendy added that she is proud to have been able to provide a safe shopping experience over the past year.
She said: “I’ve been able to offer a safe shopping experience to people locally, so people who wouldn’t go to the supermarket would come to me.
“It’s also benefitted me in lots of ways to show people this different way of shopping. A lot of people start by coming in and trialling one item and suddenly it’s the same customer doing a lot more of their shopping in our shop.”
Wendy also took part in the recent Earth Day activities throughout the community and said she has noticed a conscious effort from the community to do better.
She said: “We did the litter pick as part of Green Croxley and I went into Harvey Road School and gave a talk and the kids were really enthused.
“It does feel like as a community we are really starting to cut back on single use plastic.”