Introducing Tis the Future: Refill, Reuse, Reduce, Reimagine
Tis the Future is a zero-plastic, electric-powered, mobile refill shop, community owned and community run. It will ‘live’ in Tisbury but spend much of its time pootling around all our lovely local villages on a timetabled route, where it will stop for an hour or so for the villagers to come on board and shop, knowing their impact on the environment is as minimal as practically possible.
We will be wholly COVID compliant. Indeed, we have been awarded a COVID-related Government grant which has allowed us to purchase a retractable awning so that our customers can queue outside in all weather (sun as well as rain, we hope!) and a small sink with hot water to enable our customers to wash their hands on boarding the vehicle, and our Manager to clean down the dispensers after each use.
The essence of a no-plastic, refill shop is customers bring their own empty containers, so that their transaction generates zero plastic. Tis the Future will sell staple, store cupboard ingredients (rice, oats, flour, pulses, pasta, cereals, coffee, nuts, dried fruit, chocolate etc) at competitive prices and in an environmentally friendly way. The vehicle will be powered purely by electric.
We have had fantastic support from the community as well as from Wiltshire County Council and the local Parish Councils. Councillor Jose Green, from Wiltshire Council, has kindly said about us: “The vehicle is very distinctive and the service they intend to provide will be super. Various goods will be sold loose, (paper bags or take your recycled refill containers) so an altogether eco project that fits the bill for our concerns on Climate Change and carbon emissions. Get ready with your baskets!!!”
Tis the Future is a shop. But also we are spreading a message: that we must all change the way we shop if we want to reverse the decline of our environment and that a community can provide its own solutions for the environmental crisis & be something that will inspire all generations. Tis the Future is a way of connecting the community and providing a hub where people can come together, share news and chat (we have super comfy banquette seating!)
All information, and most crucially the timetable for its route, will be at www.tisthefuture.com.