A group of students have set up a zero-waste store offering sustainable beauty solutions to the population of Manchester.
Located on The University of Manchester’s campus on Oxford Road, Want Not Waste is the city’s first student-run, plastic-free shop – selling a variety of ethical products that can be refilled, reused and recycled.
The aim of the project is to make ‘sustainable’ lifestyles more affordable and accessible for Mancunian students – as well as encouraging them to become environmentally conscious in their beauty routines.
A wide variety of eco toiletries are up for sale – including shampoo and conditioner bars from Manchester start-up Grüum, natural deodorants and handmade feminine hygiene products.
Want Not Waste even sell handmade soap made by a psychology student.
“We have a focus on local products and small businesses/student enterprises, which means our shelves are always changing as students come and go,” a spokesperson for the store stated.
“We’re not for profit, and this allows us to provide more accessible prices and support smaller businesses who may have higher up-front costs.”
Alongside sustainable beauty products, Want Not Waste also offers cosmetics recycling (to avoid these pesky products going into landfill) as well as dried goods, cleaning products, and a new line of upcycled clothing and jewellery from Junk to Funk.
“As part of Terracycle we accept any brand of makeup packaging that cannot go into kerbside recycling,” said the team.
“This includes flexible tubes, mascara wands, lipstick and concealer sticks, compacts, and face wipe packaging.”
Like everyone else, the Want Not Waste team have been forced to adapt during lockdown – hosting a variety of online workshops, upcycling events and even a blog to reach as many people as possible.
“For the most part, we’re just happy that the shop is surviving and thriving still in the pandemic, not just for the volunteers, but for the customers and our online community,” said the team.
“We’re planning some online events for the new year, including a potential collaboration with The Closet.”
Want Not Waste is based next to the University of Manchester’s Students Union on Oxford Road, M13 9PR.
Manchester dentist loved by celebs is knocking £1000 off popular Invisalign treatment
A luxury dentist in Manchester is offering Invisalign treatment with a massive saving this month.
Ruh Dental, which counts the likes of Molly-Mae Hague and Helen Flanagan as patients, will be offering packages with more than £1000-worth of savings.
The special offer is part of the boutique dental practice’s Invisalign Open Week, with discounts on the hugely popular clear brace system which straightens teeth discreetly.
Most cases are able to be completed within six months, with noticeable differences in just three months.
Invisalign can close gaps, and fix overbites and misaligned teeth with less clinic visits than traditional ‘train track’ braces.
Anyone who books in for a consultation and takes up treatment during Invisalign Open Week will save over £1000, thanks to a free consultation (worth £75), free 3D digital scan and simulation of your teeth (worth £300), £400 off aligners, free Vivera Retainers worth £500, and free teeth whitening worth £175.
The open week will run between 29 March and 5 April, with the offer valid for five days after the consultation.
Ruh Dental is based in the heart of Spinningfields and is trusted by the likes of Jill Scott, Helen Flanagan and Olivia Attwood.
The private practice has no waiting lists, with patients seen ASAP, and focuses on restorative and cosmetic procedures.
Its dental team is led by the award-winning Dr Billal Arshad, an expert in his field who trains colleagues nationally and internationally and is famed for his attention to detail and artistic flair.
Another Ruh Dental deal currently running is a Mother’s Day offer, where you can claim a free afternoon tea at The Ivy and a free hygiene appointment when you refer your mum for an appointment with Dr Arshad.
Trafford Centre’s new interactive ‘Wonderwall’ experience helps you style your home
The Trafford Centre has come up with a novel way to design your home with their exciting new ‘Wonderwall’ experience.
On until Sunday, 26 February, the fully interactive Wonderwall is a fun new touchscreen approach to styling your home and selecting fine new furnishings, featuring furniture and homeware items from various Trafford Centre retailers.
Doing up your gaff can be a fun but often stressful and challenging task, with the sheer amount of choice sometimes feeling overwhelming and the notion of making appointments with a stylist or a full day of shopping around is simply too much faff when you’re trying to get on with everyday life.
That’s where the Wonderwall comes in: not only do you get to create your own mood board on the fly with countless top-quality items from the likes of John Lewis, H&M, Selfridges, Next and more, but you also get on-the-go styling advice as you build out the look for each of your rooms.
Moreover, you never have to risk that dreaded scenario of your order turning up and being nothing like you expected or it was advertised online, as the best part is you can literally go and look, feel and test every piece you pick from the shops within the Trafford Centre.
Better still, if you sign-up to become a Pulse member — TC’s dedicated loyalty which provides you early and exclusive news, perks and events from all of their retailers — you can win yourself a limited-time only gift card to put towards styling your home.
All you have to do is sign-up by joining the WiFi when you’re there. Happy days.
Last but not least, with less than a week left of half-term, not only is the Trafford Centre the perfect place to take the kids but the Wonderwall can also help keep them occupied as well as get them involved in the redesign.