A NEW shop opening in York will be completely plastic free.

The Bishy Weigh, in Bishopthorpe Road, will sell a range of cupboard and household essentials without any plastic packaging.

The shop, which is due to open in November or December, will ask customers to bring their own containers which they can then fill up with essential items and be charged on a weight and pay format.

Owner Alice Hildred, from Huntington, who also runs the White Rose Bakes at Clifton Moor, said: “All our food products will be sold unpackaged, and customers are encouraged to bring their own containers, however we will have plastic-free produce bags, tins and jars on sale in-store.

“We will offer a broad range of pantry foods including syrups, spices, dried fruits as well as your everyday cupboard essentials such as cereals, pasta, rice and coffee. Gluten free products will be available.

“A range of household essentials such as washing up liquid and other cleaning materials will also be available for customers to refill their containers with.

"It is incredibly important to us to make adaptations of shopping habits easy for shoppers." Everyone is at a different point of addressing their plastic use, and we’re really happy to chat and help customers find the manageable changes that fit into their lifestyle and make it accessible and affordable.”

Alice added that the shop will be working with other independent stores in Bishopthorpe Road to help form a credible alternative to supermarkets that is plastic free.

She said: “We have conversed with The Good Food Shop so far. Once open, we are seeking to collaborate with all other independent food retailers on Bishopthorpe Road."

“Costello's Good Food already operate cooking oil recycling scheme and also offer their deli cheeses in reusable beeswax wraps."

“We will also be working alongside local groups St Nicks, I am Reusable, and Zero Waste York on ideas and initiatives to help York become a greener city in general.”

Alice has also set up a fundraising page to raise money for specialist equipment such as gravity dispensers, liquid dispensers and ‘weigh and pay’ digital scales.

She said: “We’ve had an enthusiastic response and many requests for these kind of products, much more than we anticipated. Therefore we’re running a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo to raise a little extra capital so we can start as we mean to go on.”

You can donate to Bishy Weigh by visiting https://bit.ly/2CWXu9B.