An Aberdeenshire mother-of-two is helping to fight climate the change.
Kirsty Colvin is launching Ellon’s first zero waste store in a bid to help reduce waste across Aberdeenshire.
The 28-year-old was inspired to launch the venture alongside partner Jamie Thom after she struggled to find eco-friendly goods for her family locally.
The new store – Bare – is hoped to open before Christmas.
“We really started from scratch with this,” she said.
“As a family we try to reduce our waste but found it difficult and there are little resources locally.
“We were buying a lot online – and after weighing up options decided, why don’t we launch our own store?”
The couple did some market research and found that many people in Ellon were “in the same boat”, wanting to become more eco-friendly, but struggled to find supplies locally.
Ms Colvin, mum to eight-year-old Brodie and two-year-old Findlay, developed a business plan, and last week got the keys to 27 Bridge Street.
She said: “We’ll have a variety of items – gravity dispensers which will store dry foods, cereal, pasta, rice, seeds, herbs and spices.
“There will be unpacked snacks as well as chemical free cleaning materials and eco-friendly toothbrushes.”
In addition, eco-friendly soaps, shampoo bars and sanitary products will also be available.
Ms Colvin added: “I think we can all do a little more to reduce waste.
“It is quite daunting to launch this – but we are also very excited and can’t wait to welcome people.”