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Eco 2021: And they drive the greenest milk float…

Refillable jars and bottles are the way to go

11 January, 2021 — By Dan Carrier

Claire Marchais and Jerrilee Quintana

THE sight of rows and rows of over-packaged products on supermarket shelves, whose plastic wrappings would be used once and then thrown on to a rubbish dump, troubled friends Claire Marchais and Jerrilee Quintana.

So they decided to do something about it.

The pair bought an old electric milk float two years ago and set up Fair Well – a firm that delivers package-free food to the streets in Camden.

They go on weekly rounds across neighbour­hoods, where customers come to them with refillable jars and bottles.


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Their service supplies food, soap and cleaning products – and during the pandemic, they have provided a helpful service to those struggling to travel safely to shops.

Ms Marchais said that they hit upon a system that had a proven track record from the past – the daily milk delivery round was popular up until the 1980s. It has, however, been under longterm pressure due to supermarkets buying in bulk and undercutting prices.

Ms Marchais said: “This is a tried and tested system – we are doing something that the milkman used to do in the 1970s. It is a circular economy with no waste.”

The pair had met while working at an e-commerce company but Ms Marchais said: “We often spoke about dreams to make the world a better place.”

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