Back in November of 2018, Josh and Alicia Bulbeck were scrimping and saving every pound they could in the hopes of opening their very own zero waste food shop.

Well that dream became a reality a few months later, and the Wimbledon Times caught up with the couple a year after opening to see how they have gotten on since.

"This first year has been an amazing eye-opening journey for us, filled with joy and wonderful encounters," Alicia said.

"We are forever grateful for all the support we have received in Merton and hope to continue to inspire people around us in the months to come."

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'Zero' opened its door to the public in Merton Abbey Mills on March 2, 2019, with the goal to prove that packaging can be a thing of the past.

Alicia added that the store offers and alternative to "excessive single-use packaging consumption."

"Just like traditional grocery shops, package-free, or ‘Zero Waste’ shops sell loose produce and promote the use of reusable containers," she said.

"Our shop offers a very simple alternative to other, less environmentally-aware retail stores and gives consumers the possibility to obtain the same products with which they are already familiar but without unnecessary packaging.

"Over the last 12 months we have been growing the range steadily, trying to bring our customers the best quality products and we are proud to say that our range has now grown from 120 products when we started to 230 today."

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But what is next for the pair?

Well this week it launched its very own zero waste delivery service.

"It will work on the same model as milkman deliveries: customers will be able to order products online," Alicia finished.

"We’ll deliver them in reusable containers and collect the empty containers with the next delivery."