FOOD NEWS: Weigh to Go, Edinburgh

Weigh to Go opened last year on Leith Walk following owner Lucy spotting a gap in the market for more sustainable shopping. Having lived abroad and shopped this way herself for many years, she was surprised that no one had beat her to it and so she jumped on the opportunity herself and has been running Weigh to Go since autumn of last year.

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Offering products from Palestinian dates to deodorant, bran flakes to basmati rice and laundry liquid to lentils – all packaging free – Weigh to Go is changing the way we shop. This concept of shopping isn’t new or innovative but the rise of the supermarket has meant we’ve moved away from this kind of shopping as a society and shops like Weigh to Go are trying to change that.

How it works is simple: you take see fill ’em up and they get weighed again and then you pay.

I stocked up my spices while I was there taking some pictures and they were mere pennies – you pay for the packaging in supermarkets!

In addition to the the grains, pulses, pastas and spices, you’ll also find some carefully selected local produce on sale including Mossgiel Farm milk in glass bottles which can be returned and reused and everyone’s favourite pickles from Aye Pickled. As well as household products such as coconut scrubbing pads and beeswax wraps.

Weigh to Go feels like a proper neighbourhood store, while I was waiting for Lucy to have a chat with her, she was serving everyone during a busy spell with ease, a smile and conversation for everyone. It’s these hallmarks of excellent customer service that will see people returning for more than just a jar of rice. Touches like the suggestion board show she’s really listening to her customers.

We might still have a way to go to become more sustainable but Weigh to Go is getting us some of the way there!

Weigh to Go, 27 Crichton Place, Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH7 4NY

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