You don’t need us to tell you that reducing our use of single-use plastics is high on the agenda at the moment, and rightly so.
Now, Knutsford Market Hall is making it easier for those seeking to reduce their impact on the environment to play their part.
Its newest stall, Plastic Free Weigh, was officially opened by town mayor Cllr Peter Coan and mayoress Ann Coan, on Saturday (11th May).
Plastic Free Weigh stocks a variety of products – all of which have been carefully sourced, use minimal (if any) packaging and are alternatives to the ‘standard’ products you may see in the supermarkets.
Products on offer range from hand-made soaps and bath bombs to eco toothpaste, deodorant and bathroom toiletries.
In addition, the new stall will offer items sold by weight – such as pasta, oats, pulses, spices and nuts.
Customers can bring their own containers, or buy a re-usable container, or alternatively use a paper bag to take their goods home.
Charlene Stuart, owner, of Plastic Free Weigh, told us: “I am really excited to be opening in Knutsford Market Hall.
“I have had such amazing feedback from the local community and have sourced my products very carefully.
“I am not trying to ‘preach’ but if people make small changes it really will have a big ecological impact.”
She added: “I’m hoping my stall can support that by offering a cost-effective and convenient way to shop in an eco-friendly manner.
“The weigh and save part of my stall is nothing new, I am just re-introducing it! It is a great cost-effective way to buy what you need, when you need it.
“I hope people love the stall and I am always happy to chat with customers and listen to any ideas they have.”
Cllr Coan commented: “I am delighted to welcome Charlene and Plastic Free Weigh into the Market Hall’s family of traders.
“If you haven’t visited the Market Hall for a while, pop down and have a browse. It really is a hidden gem of Knutsford.”