A FAMILY-run, zero-waste retailer has closed its Festival Place shop after a series of health-related issues. 

Your Home Your World had been operating from the upper ground floor for two and a half years after opening during the pandemic.

It was committed to making plastic-free products affordable and accessible to everyone, helping UK shoppers cut back on plastic use and reduce their carbon footprint, however, it closed its doors on June 4.

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Angharad Stephens, owner of Your Home Your World, said: “It only remains to say, thank you to Festival Place for supporting us from before and during the pandemic lockdown, through to today, and to thank you, our lovely, wonderful customers, for your purchases and providing many happy memories and the smiles and fun in our small family business.” 

The business will continue to supply its refills to the Basingstoke community, with a free delivery service on a weekly basis.  

It aims to continue providing accessible alternatives to a wide consumer base, with products varying from loose herbs, spices, flour, pasta and pulses alongside toiletries, cleaning products and vegan alternatives from its website. 

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Festival Place centre director Neil Churchill said: “We are very sorry to hear that such an inspiring and impactful store, such as Your Home Your World will be leaving Festival Place. We wish them the best with all future endeavours. 

“At Festival Place, we continue to commit to protecting the environment and, since 2007, we have won three Green Hero and six Green Apple awards for our recycling efforts." 

Festival Place recycles more than 170 tonnes of glass bottles and 440 tonnes of paper and cardboard annually. It has also saved more than 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere each year by using light timers, photo-sensitive switches, green energy electrical suppliers, more efficient boilers and reducing the centre’s temperature by one degree. 

In addition, it was the first shopping centre to operate an on-site material recovering and food digestion facility, turning food waste into grey water.