The road to Zero Waste: Derry's new UseLess Shop helps you 'use less'

Wed, 17/04/2019 - 11:45 -- Editor

Derry's bright new environmental initiative the UseLess Shop offers a wide range of goods, household items, and information resources to help people reduce waste and even achieve the target of becoming 'Zero Waste' in all aspects of their daily life.

Based in Society Street Indoor Market, the UseLess Shop is a not for profit, totally voluntary initiative run by its founders Ruth O'Callaghan and Marian Farrell, and is open on Saturdays and Sundays. You can check them out on The UseLess Shop page on Facebook and the shop has recently gone live on Instagram.

Ruth sums the initiative up thus: “The UseLess Shop is a plastic free, zero waste store specialising in everyday essential items like bamboo toothbrushes, tooth tabs (toothpaste in tablet form), reusable take away cups and bottles, mooncups (sanpro), shampoo bars and much more.

“We have recently started selling dried food, pastas, seed, pulses and dried fruit (cupboard staples) with plans to expand even more in the future. We are both members of the local environmentalists’ group Zero Waste North West, who have monthly meetings on the 1st Thursday of each month in the Eskimo cafe, everyone is welcome. Zero waste North West are also hosting their annual ‘Enough Stuff Festival’ on 4-5 May in Society Street, there will be lots going on for all the family.

“One of the aims of The UseLess Shop is to educate people on environmental issues, reducing waste and becoming more zero waste in our homes and life. It's more important now than ever to be fully aware of our waste, because of the huge environmental issues surrounding plastic and our throw away lifestyle.

“I would recommend that people watch David Attenborough's ‘Blue Planet 2’, ‘Drowning in Plastic’ and ‘Fashion's Dirty Secrets’, all of which can be found on iPlayer.

“Because I'm so passionate about what I do, I opened The UseLess Shop as a not for profit store, so it's completely voluntary work. We have a hope that one day it will become a hub for the community, perhaps with a community fridge, a nappy library, a repair workshop, breastfeeding support and much more.

“If you would like to come see what I have in our store or simply come for a chat please feel free, we open every Saturday and Sunday from Society Street Indoor market which also hosts some other great local businesses.”