Welcome to Greenkeepers, we are Vicky and Neil two normal (ish) people trying to do our bit to help our little planet by reducing single use plastic waste. We both have careers in very different industry's, food manufacture and dental hygiene so this is quite a change and a challenge for us.

We all know that plastic is not going anywhere so we need to re use as much as we can. With what we can put in our recycling bins varying so much between councils its important that we try to reuse what packaging we can, this is where we come in. 

During lockdown 2020 it really became apparent to us just how much more we could be doing to reduce our plastic waste. We were travelling 30 minuets in our car to get re-fills and eco friendly products or ordering on line. Both options just didn’t sit entirely right with us.

With plenty of time on our hands we decided to do some research in to starting our own shop in our little town. We already knew there was a gap in the market for eco friendly products and refill options for cleaning, laundry and beauty. 

Consett is not the first place you would think to look for an eco shop but it was the perfect option for us. 

We found premises fairly fast and many, many products were tested to find the perfect ones. Despite the ongoing restrictions we opened our doors in September 2020 only months after the idea popped in to our heads.

We have been overwhelmed with the support from our local community. We can't wait to see where our journey takes us.

We couldn't quite manage just the two of us, so our friend Donna of far to many years to count joined us on our journey. Donna is a busy mam of 2 and helps us out one day a week.