Cost of living: Shoppers urged to consider the planet

Time-short customers are turning their backs on greener ways of shopping as life returns to normal after the Covid pandemic, a business owner has said.

Owain George said his refill business thrived in lockdown but people had returned to prioritising convenience.

He said a misconception refill is more expensive than supermarkets made it hard during the cost of living crisis.

He has paused his mobile refill service in Vale of Glamorgan and reduced his Ogmore-by-Sea shop’s opening hours.

Another refill business in the county, Awesome Wales, is closing one of its three shops.

Back in 2018, TV series Blue Planet II highlighted the scale of sea pollution, prompting many to cut back on single-use plastic.

But have shoppers had their fill of refill? Could shopping in zero-waste stores actually save them money?

Owain set up Weigh To Go Refill during the Covid pandemic two years ago.

He has a mobile refill van that visits rural areas so customers can fill their own jars and bottles with…

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