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Ullapool Unpacked zero-waste shop's national award is 'something I've dreamed about for long time'

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Evie at the Ullapool Unpacked zero-waste shop.
Evie at the Ullapool Unpacked zero-waste shop.

Ullapool's very own zero-waste shop, Ullapool Unpacked, has been awarded a grant of £50,000 to continue growing its business in the heart of the community.

Evie Strange started Ullapool Unpacked C.I.C. after the birth of her dughter, Thea, when she was taken aback by "how much waste a child can produce". She decided to do something about it.

The shop, based in Ullapool Village Hall, sells everything loose without packaging, so customers can bring a reusable container and fill it with the product and quantity they want.

The Innovate UK award will help Evie to open a community refill shop and climate hub. As well as the grant, Evie will also receive 12 months of tailored business support.

Evie Strange, of Ullapool Unpacked.
Evie Strange, of Ullapool Unpacked.

Evie said: "I am delighted to have won this Innovate UK award. I started Ullapool Unpacked five years ago and to have that hard work recognised and to be able to provide this service for my community is something I have dreamed about for a long time!

"The award will also allow me to share all I have learnt with other young people and be a role model for fighting for what you believe in. ”

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