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Having listened to public opinion on what kind of business the people of Oban and the surrounding area would like to see, Graeme West and his soon to be wife Catriona Currie are all set to go plastic-free.
An appeal on social media at the start of the year provided the answers the Dunbeg-based couple were looking for and this week former Tesco manager Graeme and his ambulance technician partner Catriona have launched Go Naked Veg, a plastic-free online shopping alternative which delivers straight to your door.
‘Originally, we were looking to open a shop and we sent out a Facebook post to try to gauge what kind of businesses were lacking in Oban,’ explained Graeme.
‘Popular opinion decreed that people were keen to cut back on their use of non-recyclable plastic so the idea of running a delivery service, offering not just package-free fruit and veg but eco-friendly household cleaning and laundry products, was born.
‘What was only something of an idea a month or so ago has now gone full steam ahead to reality and we are looking forward to some exciting times.’
Go Naked Veg will offer a choice of reusable boxes containing a selection of organic vegetables and fruit that can be made to order. In addition, people can order cleaning products, the first of which will come in a reusable glass bottle which can be left out and refilled as required.
‘With the growing problem of plastic waste, we want to go back to basics and cutting out the unnecessary packaging that so many supermarkets use will go a long way towards doing that,’ added Graeme.
‘Let’s be honest – why do we really need to wrap fruit and vegetables when they have their own protective coats? It’s as simple as peeling or washing.’
Graeme and Catriona are currently sourcing the bulk of their fruit and veg from a ‘fully organic’ wholesalers in Bathgate but are hoping to be able to offer a selection of locally sourced produce in the future.
‘There is a big initiative going on at the moment to promote local crofters and small holdings and we will be working with them throughout this year to try to progress this,’ confirmed Graeme.
The Go Naked Veg website went live on Monday with the first delivery scheduled for Tuesday February 18.
Initially deliveries will be made from Glencoe/Dalmally to Ellenabeich and everywhere in between with a view to extending the drop-off areas if there is a demand for it.