We were excited to chat to Debbie Hardy last week, founder of Wastenot Shop based in the Open Market, Brighton. Debbie is a head to toe a punk in the community, a food waste and sustainable living champion.
How did your project start?
I’ve been very interested in waste reduction for a number of years, and in 2017 I set myself the New Years resolution to see if I could go zero waste for the whole year. Along the way, my website was born, and now my little shop!
What are you trying to do?
I want to help others to reduce their impact on the world around them, by offering food free from packaging, nifty reusables, and great advice.
What makes it different to other projects?
There are a couple of places in our city that offer a few bulk items, but alongside plastic-wrapped food. I don’t want to just pay lip service to plastic-free!
What’s your top tip for ‘keeping it punk’ and making a difference to people’s lives?
Every answer I come up with sounds so corny! Punk isn’t corny. The best I’ve got is remember to be kind.
What projects are happening right now that inspire you? My biggest inspiration is The Real Junk Food Project, preventing and diverting food waste is an incredibly worthy thing to do. Couple it with helping those experiencing food poverty and you’ve got yourself a really excellent project!