Windsor schoolchildren had a private viewing of Berkshire’s first zero waste shop on ahead of its opening to the public at the weekend.

Zero Zoe’s opened in St Leonard’s Road in Windsor on Saturday, June 22, with the children getting a private viewing the day before (June 21)The young eco warriors came from a range of schools across Windsor including St Edwards First School, Homer First School, Trevelyan, Upton House and St Edwards Middle School.

The children enjoyed choosing foods from the shop and using the scales to weigh and measure.

They also met shop owners, Katie Chevis, 51, and her son Joe, 20, a former pupil at Windsor Boys school. Joe says like Katie, he has always been concerned about the effects of plastic production and waste on the environment. Katie has given up her long-term career in IT training to start the business.

Haris Symros, a year 7 pupil from Trevelyan Middle School, said “It’s a brilliant shop - I will definitely be coming back here with my family. It’s great that they are doing so much to help save the planet. It’s shocking to hear how much plastic is being dumped in the ocean every day. Everything we can do to stop this is important.”

Staff at the shop said the children were all “incredibly knowledgeable” about the importance of reducing plastic. Celia Valverde-Fernandez and Phoebe Smith-Bannister,, two Year 5 pupils attended from Upton House School, which was the first school in Berkshire to receive official ‘Plastic Free School Status’ this year.

The packaging-free shop sells everything from kitchen staples such as pasta, rice, cereal and pulses; dried fruit and nuts; oils and vinegars through to household cleaning products like washing

up liquid, washing powder and toiletries including shampoos, conditioners and moisturisers.

Zero Joe’s will also stock a selection of loose frozen fruit and vegetables, along with chocolates and sweet treats, teas and coffee.

As well as customers bringing their own packaging, Zero Joe’s sells containers, along with supplying paper and canvas bags for goods.