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North East's first 'planet conscious' lifestyle store opens its doors to local shoppers

Written by Samantha Lade, Donr

Published on Monday, 18th June 2018

North East's first 'planet conscious' lifestyle store opens its doors to local shoppers

This past weekend, the North East's first store with a conscious has opened its doors to shoppers wanting to become more eco-friendly.

The store, named Open House, can be found on Durham Road in Low Fell, Gateshead.

It offers products which are recycled, renewable or from a sustainable source, helping shoppers make the transition to a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.

The shop is the brainwave of Richard Murr (pictured above), who has sourced ranges from across the UK, which include clothes which will be available for the first time outside of London.

Richard said: 'Everyone today is very aware of the fact we need to protect the environment and move away from products made of plastic.

'But, that doesn't mean people necessarily know how to find alternatives, which is why we are hoping to be able to offer them everything they need.'

Open House sells a range of products, from vintage clothes, to items made from unbleached cotton, and even cleaning products such as eco-friendly soap powder alternatives.

Cosmetic ranges available include shampoo bars – which save on excessive packaging and wrapping – and candles made of soya, which don't release any harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.

As well as being a 'planet conscious' store, the owner hopes that it will also become a meeting place for the local community.

Richard said: 'We're having a sitting area where people can have a drink and we're installing a TV where we'll play programmes and information relating to the environment.'

He has also switched to a 100% green energy company, and is offering local people the opportunity to pop in and charge up their phones knowing they are using renewable energy. 

The shop's basement has been renamed The Spare Room, which is available for groups to hire and will also see a number of events being staged there. 

Finishes Mr Murr: 'We've already organised a candle making workshop with our candle suppliers, and we're hoping that people will embrace the space and use it for whatever they need.'

Now, the hope is that the former bridal shop, next to Belle View Estates, will attract customers from across the region.

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