Friends set up online eco store in Chesterfield to encourage others to live more sustainably with reusable products

A new online eco shop has been set up by two friends in Chesterfield, hoping to encourage people to live more sustainably using reusable products.

Monday, 23rd August 2021, 1:32 pm

Life-long friends, Vicky Wilson, 46 and Karen Payne, 56, who both live in Newbold, first created Mrs Green’s Eco Store in May earlier this year and published their website in June.

The pair spent the last six years analysing plastic free alternatives and eco-friendly products which they then incorporated into their daily routines, before leaving their jobs behind to focus on the project full time.

Vicky and Karen, who have known each other for 20 years, hope their products, which include silicone food covers and ziplock bags as an alternative to cling film, will inspire others to make more sustainable, small changes to benefit the environment.

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Friends Vicky Wilson and Karen Payne, who live in Newbold, set up Mrs Green's Eco Store earlier this year.

The business owners said: “We feel we all have a responsibility to make a difference for our children and future grandchildren.

"Our online store and social media accounts are generating lots of interaction and our customers are giving us such positive feedback when they receive their goods.

"Not only are the products practical but they are great quality and look amazing in the home.”

Shoppers at Mrs Green’s Eco Store have raved about the shop’s recyclable packaging and the seed paper note they receive with each purchase to plant wildflowers.

The online shop specialises in environmentally friendly products such as refillable glass containers which limit the use of single-use plastic.

Vicky and Karen’s glass pantry jars have become a firm favourite with customers who have been trying to collect the set.

They said: “We have been friends for 20 years and are thoroughly enjoying building this brand together, with the support of our families.

"Our future plans are to continue sourcing quality products which help people on the road to being more sustainable.

"It's not about making enormous changes overnight, like our tagline says, it's about 'making small changes together'.”

Coconut shells can be used as candle holders.

The lifelong friends have shared their top five tips for eliminating single use plastic.

Ditch tea bags and choose to use a loose tea infuser or teapot, many people are unaware some tea bags contain micro-plastics. Take a reusable drinks cup out with you to your local coffee shop. Stop using cling film and use hygienic reusable food boxes or wax wraps. Always choose an email receipt over a paper copy. When shopping, opt for products with little packaging or with recycled or recyclable packaging.

Silicone ziplock bags are a plastic free alternative to using plastic freezer bags.

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The pair hope to encourage people to live more sustainably with reusable products.