About Tribe Zero-Waste
I’m Katie and along with some lovely helpers ( including my mum a.k.a Mumma Scoop) I run Tribe Zero-Waste pop-up events and plastic free deliveries around Oxfordshire and nearby counties.
I was motivated to start my personal zero-waste journey after working alongside East Oxford Social enterprise, SESI refill, when I was helping to manage local food co-op Cultivate. Following this, I helped set up some SESI detergent refill dispensers at The Mix, a community space in Wantage. It soon became clear the local community were also keen to gain access to food refills and other plastic-free items.
With help from Rina and Paul at SESI I set up a regular pop-up shop at The Mix and have since grown to include pop-ups all over Oxfordshire and now, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, we are offering a local delivery service too. None of this would have been possible with the support and passion of all of our customers and host venues and I’m super grateful there’s so many of us helping to make change in our little bit of the world.
I try to keep the running of Tribe zero-waste as low-impact as possible at this scale. I buy mostly organic stock and work with local producers when I can. Buying in bulk means I can help reduce the amount of packaging per item all of which I recycle or re-use. My bulk containers are up-cycled ice-cream tubs which I get from from a local farm attraction who would otherwise be putting them in landfill and my display jars have been collected by me and people I know. For home deliveries I have sourced recyclable and compostable paper bags. Although nothing beats refilling your own jars.