Words and photo by Tristan Ovington.
Salisbury doesn’t have many zero-waste offerings, but Celeste Skinner, founder and owner of Blueberry Den is hoping to change that.
“The premises in Winchester Street opened 14 months ago, but Blueberry Den began at the end of 2019,” she said. “Most people heard about the shop during lockdown when it was online only, and customers were getting all their plastic-free essentials and refills on their doorstep.”
Values and ethics are central to the philosophy of Blueberry Den. “At Blueberry Den, we focus on sustainability. We offer high-quality items that are ethically sourced, fairly traded and made from sustainable materials using renewable energy.
“We try to deal directly with other small business owners who share similar environmental values and offer affordable plastic-free alternatives as much as possible. We encourage everyone to buy better and buy less. Because with high-quality products, less is more.”
When it comes to stock, Celeste has a lot to offer. “We have a large selection, from food cupboard essentials to refillable cleaning products and natural skin care.
Most people associate Blueberry Den with refills – perhaps because most customers now realise how easy it is to reduce plastic waste that way. But we have so many lovely products. There is something for everyone, even if you are not considering cutting down on waste.
We are based in the city centre on Winchester Street and are open from Tuesday to Saturday. We also offer a delivery service for SP1 and SP2 postcodes and UK-wide shipping.
Collaboration is another value that drives Blueberry Den, as the business seeks to work with the quickly growing set of boutique shops in the vicinity.
Celeste says she is “planning an exciting collaboration with other Winchester Street businesses, which will be revealed soon. Since 2020, Blueberry Den has also had a refill point at Stable Wick Farm Shop in Downton, “which is the perfect match for us in the area and an incredibly supportive business of everything we do.”
Celeste also has big plans for the festive season. “Like many other shops, we will be open on certain days for late-night shopping. This will be a different Christmas for many, and I am hoping our gift vouchers might help. These could then be redeemed for food or other essential items that some might be struggling to get – all you have to do is bring your empty containers, and we will fill them up for you.
“We hope to help people change small habits to make a big difference in the world.”