I’m the next one to introduce myself. I’m Millie, the original member of the team (because my mum is the owner) :) I love the environment and my life goal is to change it for the better which is why last year after doing work experience in Cornwall with @surfersagainstsewage and also with Chester and District friends of the earth, I begged my mum to join me getting rid of plastic in our house. When we found it almost impossible we saw an opportunity and before we knew it; Just Footprints opened! I love working here as I enjoy relating to like minded people that all care for the environment and I get to see their passion every day. I love to surf, do yoga and run with my husky dog Flynn. Hope this was a good introduction... :)
My name is Alex. I work part-time and when I'm not working I enjoy contributing to local growing projects and promoting sustainability within my community. For me, the plastic pollution problem is one that discretely hides itself. Only when we turn our attention towards the issue, we begin to comprehend the true severity of our actions and the desperate need for change. Just Footprints is a prime example of how as a collective, we can commit to such change.
There are many reasons as to why I enjoy working here. In particular, the shop gives due attention to our problem. Just Footprints acts also as a hub for all things positive; it supports community, encourages networking and promotes local and global sustainbilty. Everyone is welcome here.
I’ve put off posting my bio as I hate having my photo taken so I thought I’d use this one as it’s got the gorgeous Elijah on it!
As Millie mentioned in her bio, it was her work experience last year with @chesterfoe & @surfersagainstsewage that became the turning point for us. When we were on holiday in Cornwall after shopping in a similar shop to Just Footprints, we decided that on our return to Chester we would try and have a week of shopping completely plastic free. This proved to be practically impossible.
We kept saying that Chester needed a shop where we could buy the basic foods without the unnecessary single use plastic. I felt so upset about what the future held for my children and grandchildren that I needed to do more. Somewhere along the line, I’m not sure when or how, the thoughts turned into ‘I’ll leave my job as a teaching assistant and open a shop’ and we haven’t looked back since. It’s been tough sometimes but we have some amazing customers and the conversations we have with people from all backgrounds and generations have restored my faith in humanity. There are so many people out there who want to make a difference and it’s great to be able to help them do that.
The beach and the ocean have always been where I go to blow the cobwebs away, take time to just breathe, and I want to help make sure that’s the case for future generations too.
I want to say a big thank you to everyone that’s helped get us to where we are today, and a special thank you to all of our customers for helping make a difference to our environment by making changes, however big or small they may be.
Hopefully see you in the shop soon 😊