Gather isn't the sort of store you open without a backstory
For Tash, things kicked off after she had a child. Being a parent made her think about things a bit differently. A Plastic Ocean really woke her up to the damage single-use plastic packaging was doing. So she decided to take a stand for her son's sake.
As for Laura, she was brought up in a home where the heating only went on when icicles had formed on your nose. But it wasn’t until she stumbled across Earth.Food.Love in Totnes that her eyes opened to a whole world of simple, affordable, sustainable products.
Today, we both try to live more sustainable lives. It was tough at first, but along the way we've discovered the joy (yes, really) of plastic-free kitchen scrubbies, eating by the seasons and rifling through second-hand stores.
we're not perfect 'zero wasters'
Neither of us collect our yearly household waste in a 10 x 5cm jar. You won’t find a wormery in either of our gardens. And we’re not averse to the odd flight in search of some vitamin D (though we’ll proudly tick the carbon offsetting box).
We know this stuff is easier for some than others. So whatever point you're at on your journey towards a life of less waste, you'll find our store is a preach-free zone.
good for the planet, good for you
And although that might seem small, it’s when we all gather together that the big changes start to come.
Together we can send a message to governments and big businesses, who in turn can nudge entire communities into doing things differently.
why reduce and reuse?
(and all the other Rs)
Making small, everyday changes really can make a difference. A family of four switching to reusable water bottles would save 27 gallons of oil per year. Refilling your own containers at a bulk food store means less single-use packaging in the supply chain. And it’ll save you money too.