Scotland has purportedly welcomed its first all-vegan grocery store to Angus town as Redshift opens its doors.
Redshift vegan store has opened in Murray Street in Montrose to give local vegans and the veg-curious a place to find a range of ethical vegan products in one place.
Speaking to news outlet The Courier, Gavin Starrs said he was blown away by the response to the store from the local community after it opened in July, explaining: “It’s a massive honour to be the first vegan shop in Scotland and everyone is welcome. We have had a great response from the public and, after the first day of trading, there was hardly any stock left.”
The idea was born after he found that vegans were often charged higher prices for products in non-vegan stores whilst supermarkets offered limited options. Keen to give vegans a ‘one-stop shop’ where they could find a range of food products and storecupboard essentials as well as cruelty-free cosmetics and home products. You can even find a selection of freshly baked goods and an entire section dedicated to gelatine-free pick ‘n’ mix to tempt you!
“We aim to be a one-stop shop offering goods at reasonable prices and where people don’t have to continually read the label to check that the product is suitable for their lifestyle,” he added.
Not content with stocking an extensive range of vegan products, Starr is also aiming to transition the store to being as “plastic-free as possible.” Currently, the store sells a number of eco-friendly products such as bamboo toothbrushes and biodegradable wipes as well as allowing customers to bring their own container to be used at the stores refill service.
Many of the cosmetics on offer such as the range of handmade soaps and solid shampoo bars are also available in eco-friendly plastic-free packaging.
Starrs explained: “More and more, people are looking at being vegan as a sustainable way of living. I’ve met a number of people who have felt a range of health benefits after becoming vegan.”