A NEW independent business in the town centre has been greeted ‘enthusiastically’ by shoppers thanks to its eco-friendly ethos.

Weigh of the World, which prides itself as a zero-waste shop, has been open less than a week on Witton Street, but has already proven to be a big hit.

The store offers shoppers an eco-friendly alternative for food and household items as people can weigh out precise amounts of dried food and take them home in their own containers.

And as well as drastically cutting down on plastic waste, people can also buy a range of eco-friendly products to help to save the planet.

The store is the brainchild of 48-year-old Kirsty Wernham, who lives in the town and wanted to embrace the community spirit that it has to offer.

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“Weigh of the World came about because I needed a change,” she said.

“I was sick of my job, I was fed up of getting up at 5:30am to drive into Manchester and I wanted to do something that I wanted to do rather than had to do.

“Even when I planned the shop, I never saw it as a 'high street' business, but as the sort of shop where you recognise your customers and have conversations with them.

“We have had a brilliant response from people so far, and the amount of enthusiasm and support has been an incredible boost.”

Kirsty also revealed what people can expect when they visit Weigh of the World, commenting: “It is very different to most shops you will go into, as you can buy just a few chocolate brazils or a large tub of pasta.

“There are wonderful smells from the herbs and spices to the soy candles and soaps and it's a slow, chilled atmosphere.

“If you have a recipe you want to try and only need a teaspoon of a herb, feel free to pop in and buy just that in the shop.

“The prices are generally below the supermarkets and there is no pressure to buy in large quantities, plus you are reusing your own containers rather than gaining more plastic packaging.”

As well as food, Weigh of the World offers eco products such as bamboo toothbrushes, handmade soaps, metal straws and even travel mugs made from rice.

To find out more about opening times and the products that they stock, visit Weigh of the World on Facebook.