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Sustainable food shopping in Dublin 8

These days we are all more aware of how plastic waste has become a global crisis. Experts say if we don’t change are ways, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. 

Making small changes in the way we food shop and the food we eat every day, can steadily make a big difference. Bringing your own containers to refill every time you run out of produce like pasta or herbs can be closer to zero-waste and an eco-friendlier way of living. 

A local shop in Dublin 8, Small Changes, is doing just the thing to stop unnecessary plastic purchases – no excess packaging and trying to make switching to less waste easier.

“Having locally sourced produce is important on a number of levels”

Peadar Rice

Small Changes is taking in excess produce grown by locals in their gardens, in exchange for store credit. They also refill old bottles with apple cider vinegar, olive oil, and washing detergent. Their first shop was launched in Gorey, Co Wexford, in 2010 and then moving to Drumcondra in 2015, where they opened their first Dublin based store.  

Owner Peader Rice in-front of Inchicore store: from Small Changes Instagram

Just last year on April 30, the new store in Inchicore opened to customers. With daily deliveries of fresh fruit, vegetables and fresh bread. Small Changes is a local grocer focusing on a zero waste ethos and are open seven days a week in both Inchicore and Drumcondra. 

“Having locally sourced produce is important on a number of levels. I know what it’s like starting off so supporting Irish producers is at the forefront of everything we do. It also keeps our and in turn our customers carbon footprint low,” said owner Peader Rice. 

The aim for Small Changes is to make it reasonable and easy for their customers to shop in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. With loose dry and fresh goods and an eco-friendly household refill station, customers can bring their own containers and buy as little or as much product as they need.

They are now offering something new to their Inchicore community in a secret oasis at the back of the new store in Dublin 8. Rice and his team are welcoming the community to take some time out in their garden. “The idea came when I thought back to my own cancer journey, taking time out was important for my recovery and we would like to offer this to others’, said Rice.

All of his cancer treatment was in St James, and he now offers the hospital’s staff a 10% discount in both stores. 

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