Hello, and thanks for joining us today. Just to start, can you tell us a bit more about yourself?
Hi, I’m Megan, born & bred in Coventry.
I am a Mother to two precious girls & a lazy dog! I love nature, going for walks & spending family time down our allotment together. My life completely changed after having children and for the last 5 years I have been a stay-at-home mum, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.
However, my youngest is starting Preschool in 2021 so I decided to begin 2beplasticfree.
I have a working background in child protection and a huge passion to help protect our beautiful planet, educate others & cut down on single use plastic, so it all began!
So what is 2beplasticfree about?
2beplasticfree is based in Earlsdon & I run this independently, with help when needed by my partner.
We attended our first event in September 2019, began pop ups shops in March 2020 & went online in January 2021 where is where we are currently. We allow customers to Click & Collect from my home address after ordering online but also have the options to have home delivery & post many orders.
And I will run regular pop-up shops at Emily’s café in Earlsdon, once COVID measures are lifted.
It sounds great, why did you choose to open a plastic free shop?
I really believe we can all make a difference in how we shop & what we buy. Our purpose here at 2beplasticfree is to cut down on single use plastic by refilling cleaning, beauty & hair products plus using the most Natural & Clean ingredients for ourselves & the planet.
How has COVID-19 impacted you?
Surprisingly COVID has really helped our small business expand. We went online in January for our customers to be able to reach us easier & reach further afield. However, we are still responsive on Facebook & Instagram to respond to customers questions or advice.
2beplasticfree has been open during the entire COVID period offering no-contact collection or delivery.
More at a personal level, we have enjoyed lots of family time together & the last year Me & My Girls will be able to spend so much time together before they both begin School.
How do you see your business evolving in the next 5 years?
Well, I defiantly want to stock lots more plastic free, vegan, natural & handmade products. Continue educating anyone that will listen and, hopefully to the end of this year, I will begin blogging about my plastic free journey to help others begin theirs.
The rest is yet to be decided…
What do you think about City of Culture 2021?
I feel this is a great achievement for the City & I really hope it brings lots of new visitors to the city and they can discover all the amazing small and local businesses that we have to offer here in Coventry.
What is your message to the people of Coventry for this 2021?
Shopping Plastic Free doesn’t need to be more expensive. We have lots of handmade gifts & many items are made in the UK as local as possible. Nearly all of our products also support other small business which I feel is especially important.
Recycling plastic not only requires large amounts of energy but also uses large quantities of water. While getting rid of plastic waste is a primary environmental problem, the production process is a leading cause of carbon emissions contributing to global warming. Refill & Reuse is the new recycling.
Become part of the solution not part of the pollution!