In London, a cooperative supermarket, The People's Supermarket, has developed an outstanding social and ecological model. All waste is reused to avoid waste. For example, an unsold zucchini may end up as soup or even compost.
Social and ecological values + health are at the heart of "The People's Supermarket", a cooperative supermarket in London. It markets local, artisanal and/or organic products (generally bought from small producers), for its member customers as well as the general public.
Innovation 1 : club spirit with price advantages : to become a member, all you have to do is pay a membership fee of 25 pounds per year (about 31 euros). Each member then benefits from a 10% discount on the whole store, provided that they volunteer four hours a month.
Innovation 2 : an extraordinary waste management with a supermarket kitchen. For example, a zucchini, celery, etc. which after a few days will not have found a buyer, will then be used by The People's Kitchen. The People's Kitchen is the supermarket's kitchen, where dishes are prepared and then sold in the store. If the prepared quiche or soup is still there 48 hours later, then members and staff can help themselves for free. Finally, if no one wants it after 24 hours, the preparation is donated to charity, unless it is not fresh enough. And here again, The People's Supermarket has found the solution: the dish is then thrown in the compost. A compost in which plants grow that are then sold in the cooperative supermarket.
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In short, a food chain from A to Z where nothing is spoiled.
The People's Supermarket 72 - 78 Lamb's Conduit Street / Holborn London WC1N 3LP
Tel: 020 7430 1827
See the site : http://www.thepeoplessupermarket.org/