The Plastic Free Pantry
Harriet’s of Hove is jointly run by partners Harriet and Mhiran. They both work in healthcare and have a first-hand experience in striving to live more sustainably. Harriet is an NHS Ambassador for Sustainability in Healthcare and has transferred her skills in sustainability into their shop.
It is a first time business venture for them together and they truly hope that Harriet’s of Hove can grow to be more than just a refill store for the community. In time, they hope to see their business flourish and become an environmental hub of interest and will be using the space for classes and groups in the evening. The overall goal is to make sustainable living accessible for all. Harriet’s of Hove welcome anyone to come in and to take on the challenge of saying no to single use plastics!
By working closely with suppliers, encouraging a ‘bring your own container’ habit and buying produce in bulk, Harriet’s of Hove will be able to develop a more circular way of procuring food and produce. They believe that lowering plastics shouldn’t just be for the consumers, but should be supply facing also. Harriet and Mhiran believe that the power of the consumer is great and that if pressure from retailers demands a better way of packaging, delivering and pricing food, then the suppliers will listen. Therefore, Harriet’s of Hove will explore different methods to inevitably lower the carbon footprint of what they procure.
Harriet’s of Hove also fully supports other local businesses and buys from many local individuals and suppliers. They pride themselves on having some of their stock delivered or collected for the store by foot. Contributing towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is a great focus for them. This enables a better Planet for all and ensures collaborative work on an international scale for worldwide planetary health.