Zero-waste store Low Impact Living covers all the basics: Green Route

My zero-waste tour continues at Low Impact Living opened by Jade Kristie Khoury in 2017

Low Impact Living is now online only

Teacher, artist and eco-warrior Jade Kristie Khoury opened the first Low Impact Living waste-free grocery store in September 2017 in Glencairn.

During lockdown in 2020 Jade decided to take Low Impact Living online only.

What drew you to open a zero-waste shop? 

I grew up in an unconventional environment where my sister and I were left to our own devices quite often. This allowed us to become very independent, creative and resourceful and design a life of our own making. In 2011, I read the book No Impact Man and that’s when I took my green living to the next level. I took pencil to paper and designed my ideal shop that would help people live a more waste-free life.

In 2017, I was asked to be one of three opening speakers for Bea Johnson, International Zero Waste guru and Author, at the Zero Waste Home SA tour that was having the opening in Cape Town. When space became available in Glencairn in the building where I had an office I took it as a pilot project for a zero-waste shop. It has grown into a fully-functioning waste-free grocery store with a cafe open seven days a week. I also offer Low Impact Living workshops, a kids programme called Earth Champs and consulting for homes, schools and businesses.

Jade’s three tips for living a more eco-conscious life

  1. Start where you can with what you can. The answer isn’t in a harsh black or white path but by making your best low-impact choices every day and learning from the areas where you struggle. You also become far more inspiring to others when you make it look easy and accessible. 
  2. Spend your money on companies or product who are trying. This is how we vote with our wallets, strengthen what is good and lead change. 
  3. Be prepared. Pack a kit in your car that has you covered for going out and staying as waste-free as possible. Stock it with reusable items for shopping, eating out or takeaways. 
Jade Kristy Khourie, Low Impact Living

Green Route ZA is the A to Z of eco-conscious living



Use the GRZA discount code at the Hemporium SA online store checkout and get 10% off. GRZA discount applies only to Hemporium SA own-brand clothing, accessories and cosmetics online.

Note: GRZA discount applies only to Hemporium SA’s own-brand clothing, cosmetics and accessories, it does not apply to nutritional products like CBD, or to fabric or building materials.

Published by Melanie Farrell

Founder of Green Route ZA - the path to eco-conscious living. I live in Cape Town, South Africa.

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