Small changes, big decisions: The new breed of sustainable grocers

Running a zero-waste food business is hard work, but for these entrepreneurs it’s worth it

‘That small change you make may be insignificant, but if there is enough of a movement at a community level it can have a huge impact.’ Photograph: iStock

‘That small change you make may be insignificant, but if there is enough of a movement at a community level it can have a huge impact.’ Photograph: iStock

When Peadar Rice hears all the talk about sustainability today, almost as if it’s the new big thing, he might be forgiven a wry smile. Sustainability has been ever-present in his life for more than a decade, “but not in a pie-in-the-sky hippy way,” he insists.

Since 2010 he has been doing what he can to make small changes to make a difference to our world. He has just opened the second of two Small Changes shops in Dublin, with one in Inchicore joining his Drumcondra outlet; and while expanding a business in the middle of a pandemic might seem brave bordering on foolish, Rice reckons the time is right to make his Small Changes bigger.

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