Food and household products sold without packaging and without plastic Ella Shone’s small electric truck used to deliver milk but now she drives it around London, selling groceries and household goods that are free of plastic packaging. The 32-year-old bought her "top-up truck" last year after the first coronavirus lockdown got her thinking about innovative ways to reduce waste. She has found plenty of demand for her service, with customers scooping up dry groceries such as lentils or filling bottles from large dispensers of vinegar or washing detergent. On a rainy day in May, the 32-year-old plied a route to eight stops in the up-and-coming district of Hackney in northeast London. "It’s very straightforward: it’s a bit like a go-cart ride," she said of driving the truck, which has a top speed of 30 miles (48 kilometres) per hour. But she admitted the steering can get "a bit bumpy". At one stop, three customers bought dried mango, pasta, raisins and shampoo. The mobile shop was created to bring "packaging-free" shopping to people’s doors, tapping into a growing demand for deliveries during the stay-at-home restrictions. "I felt that there was a need to make it easier, to make it more […]

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