We're not superheroes, but here's our origin story.
From a land of natural and original beauty, being littered constantly everywhere you look. Not just litter by the roadsides, useless and harmful single use and pointless plastics literally everywhere, wasteful attitudes being manifested through clever advertising and the ever increasing fast fashion marketing tactics harming people’s minds and wallets.
Armed with a drive to make Scotland beautiful again and renew societies view on waste and their own belongings to have less of an impact – the idea of Society Zero CIC was born.
As an environmental science student, our founder – Sophie, wanted to make an impact on how consumers in Scotland behaved, through a business that was socially inclusive and aware of the inaccessibility and affordability associated and preconceived with living more zero waste.
Problem being, how could consumers make better choices and have a better impact on the environment and lower their carbon footprint without having the available resources to do so? Why were people without being given the platform to speak up, being affected the worst? Something had to change.
As a mother of three, Sophie wanted to make sure that her children, her children’s friends and families could grow up in a better, cleaner world. Sophie also procrastinated a lot and so before her final assignment was due, Society Zero CIC was finally publicised to the world. Talk about distracting yourself!
It’s a cliché, but the kind of world we leave behind for the next generations is up to us.
We want to be part of the change and catalyst that pushes us out of our everyday norm and into a new one.
We know how you feel. We can help!
Live Zero Waste
It's not easy to figure everything out on your own. Read our blog to learn more about living zero waste and what you can do to make a difference, and check out our shop for an ethical way to buy products that make a difference.
Worried it'll be expensive to make the changes needed to reduce your impact on the environment? It doesn't need to be. Everything in our shop is specifically chosen to help you live a life with less clutter and less waste, without costing a bomb.
Support Marginalised Society
Our aim as a Community Interest Company and Social Enterprise is to provide a support network and educational environment suitable for all demographics to ensure living with less impact on our environment is accessible to as many as possible.
Sophie was joined by wonderful volunteers and eventually staff over time – together they make a dynamic team of zero waste pioneers and advocates, on a mission to make a difference in Glasgow.
Being a social business is at the heart of everything that we do, which is why we are a community interest company, meaning – our profits go 100% back into the communities we work with.
We at Society Zero believe it isn’t just up to consumers to source out the plastic free produce though. We firmly believe that that produce and those products need to be provided without the problem of plastic waste being put onto the customer. The choice needs to be available.
We want Society Zero to be available for people to be able to make the right choices at real affordable prices that not only saves money for the buyers but also pays its suppliers too.
With no non-recyclable materials in sight, we only provide materials, produce and products which can be consumed with an ecological and environmentally friendly background. We only produce and provide packaging of which can be reused and recycled.
We want to encourage the circular economy and get rid of the fast-fashion/single-use attitude our country has grown so accustomed to in the last 50 years, while also supporting as many local businesses and producers of food and products as we can.
We’re also unashamed to admit, this isn’t a new idea, as 50/60 years ago this was basically the ONLY way you could shop.
We want to bring back the community feel to your shopping habits as well as doing good for the planet by helping you support your local independent businesses and community, from the ground up, while also providing opportunities to those otherwise overlooked.