Leicester zero waste store to expand product collection

By Emily Barker

Nappies and more skincare products could soon be added to the shelves of Leicester’s first zero waste shop little more than a year since it opened in the city.

Nada Zerowaste in St Martin’s Square opened in July last year, specialising in responsibly packaged everyday products.

It currently offers products ranging from beeswax wraps to plastic-free chewing gum, and food products such as rices and pastas, all ethically sourced and plastic-free.

Lauren Welch, 36, owns the store in St Martin’s Square.

Lauren Welch, 36, the store owner of Nada Zerowaste surrounded by many of her products

She said: “We currently offer lots of different products, but we are looking at offering even more to our customers in the future.

“For the future, I am looking at getting in more skincare products and make-up; we already have a range of body butters and soaps.

“I’m also looking at bringing nappies in-store as I’d like to use them myself, especially now I’m pregnant with my second child.”

Lauren was looking at opening a store in Leicester as the city did not have one, and the next ones closest to Leicester were Nottingham and Birmingham.

They now get daily, weekly and monthly regulars thanks to a Crowdfunding page that helped to open the store.

Lauren said: “I’m only human, I’m a mum and I’m not perfect but I’m trying.

“I’m always conscious about how much plastic I am using, and we’ve got so good at home now that our black bin barely ever goes out; it’s mostly just the orange recycling bags.

A board outside the store expressing how serious the plastic issue is

“The aim of this store is to reduce the plastic waste on food products and shopping, so you can come in and bring your own containers or glass jars and help yourself in store.

“The jar is weighed upon arrival and then the weight of the jar is deducted at the end once you have finished selecting what you would like.”

Nada also offer a click and collect service through which you can order your products online and collect them in-store where they come packaged.

For more information, check out the website here.

Video: Thousands of Leicester fans gather for the one-year ‘Walk for Vichai’ anniversary

By Perry Johnson

Thousands of Leicester City football fans came together in remembrance on Saturday (19 OCT) for a unified walk marking the one year anniversary of the tragic helicopter crash that claimed the lives of then Leicester City FC chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, and four others.

The march started at 1.15pm at the Magazine Gateway on the De Montfort University campus before culminating at the site of the crash at the King Power Stadium just before the scheduled match with Burnley FC – the same team faced after last year’s memorial.

An air of shock spread rapidly throughout the city on 27 October last year as the helicopter, carrying Mr Srivaddhanaprabha and four others, spiralled out of control as it left the stadium following Leicester City’s match against West Ham United.

The memorial garden for those who died will officially open to the public with a ceremony this Sunday (27 OCT) for fans and the public to come and lay flowers in remembrance.

Kasabian to play one-off show in popular Leicester park

By Emily Barker

Local-to-Leicester rock band Kasabian have announced one UK show in Leicester next June.

The concert, called Solstice II, will be held in Victoria Park and will be the band’s only UK show for 2020, having not played the park in the last six years.

Kasabian are an English rock band formed in Leicester in 1997 and are well known for songs “Fire”, “Club Foot” and “Underdog”.

Support acts for the show on June 20 have been confirmed as upcoming singer-songwriter Sam Fender, Easy Life and Inhaler.

Tickets for the gig go on sale this Friday (OCT25) at 9am from various different ticketing platforms such as official ticket partner Live Nation, Ticketmaster and See Tickets, with face value prices estimated to range from £55 for general admission to £108.90 for the Solstice II VIP Experience, rumoured to be giving you access to the front circle and VIP bar area.

Where To Vegan? New Market Square’s where

By Jacob Moseley

Leicester’s New Market Square is being rejuvenated by an all new 100 per cent vegan food event, open once a month, showcasing some of the best vegan dishes in the UK.

Founded by Hiren Chohan, 27, the company joined forces with Leicester Market in the hope of bringing a more positive view on veganism and a chance for the public to try all kinds of vegan food from all over the UK.

With leading companies such as Just Eat stating veganism will be the “biggest food trend of the coming year” after recent research, Where To Vegan shouldn’t be too worried about the consumer demand. However Hiren stated there is not as much supply in Leicester as there could be.


Hiran Chohan – Founder of Where To Vegan

Nevertheless, Hiren agreed with the research, stating “when you see large chains such as Pizza Express, Pret A Manger, Papa Johns, etc introducing vegan menus, it is obvious to see the growth of vegan food.”

Veganism is obviously expanding due to its health benefits, with people experimenting with natural foods like never before, and the long-term effects can be life changing.

Hiran agreed with the health benefits, adding: ” Veganism is linked to a lower risk of Heart Disease, lower Blood Sugar Levels and improves Kidney Function, protects against certain Cancers and can reduce pain from Arthritis.”

As Leicester is Hiran’s home city he was keen not just to engage the public with this new variety of food, but to bring the community together in a social way.

“It is incredible to be a part of such a great community event,” he said, whilst looking forward, Hiran wants to expand his business further to Nottingham and Coventry.

Some of the amazing food at the event include vegan burgers and kebabs to brownies, cakes and pies with the next event being on Saturday, November 9. You can find a full list of traders at the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/411281386187096/.

Where `To Vegan

Controversial VAR decision sees Leicester City scrape win against Burnley

By Callum Faulds

Leicester got a much needed win over Burnley, which means they remain third in the Premier League and continue to chase Manchester City in second.

Goals from Jamie Vardy and Youri Tielemans helped Leicester to defeat Burnley by two goals to one. The win did not come without controversy however, with Burnley having a goal disallowed late on by VAR (Video Assistant Referee).

The result comes on an emotional day for Leicester as they mark the anniversary of former owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s death.

Leicester controlled the game by way of possession but both teams were able to create a number of goal-scoring chances.

It was Burnley who struck first. In the 26th minute, a pin-point accurate cross from the right wing by McNeil saw the ball land perfectly onto the head of Wood who powered it through the hands of Schmeichel and into the net.

After Burnley went ahead, Leicester piled on the pressure, forcing Pope to stay on his feet in the Burnley goal.

Leicester’s first goal came 20 minutes after Burnley’s through a wonderful display from Barnes on the left wing who skipped past Lowton to deliver an excellent cross for Vardy to score the second header of the game.

After a good display of football, the sides went into halftime level at 1-1.

It took 20 minutes after the second kick-off for another good chance. This one fell the way of Leicester and Perez who launched it high over the cross bar after receiving a terrific cut-back from Pereira.

The next chance would be the goal. In the 74th minute a cross came in from second-half substitute Gray and Burnley weren’t able to make a clearance, leaving the ball to fall to the feet of Tielemans who smashed it onto the underside of the crossbar and past Pope.

After going down, Burnley began to control the game a bit more, forcing themselves further up the pitch.

Eventually their chance came. Thoroughly determined, Lowton charged forward, nicking the ball off Tielemans and then floating it towards Wood. Wood targetted goal but only found the chest of Schmeichel, with the ball deflecting off Schmeichel and back onto Wood bouncing towards goal.

Trying to make sure the ball went in, Wood chased the ball and opposing defender Evans who was desperately trying to clear it before it went in but he was unsuccessful. In real time it seemed as though nothing out of the ordinary had happened but a VAR check saw a small touch from Woods’ boot onto Evans’ ankles.

The goal was ruled out due to a debatable foul from Wood after a VAR check, leaving the game to finish 2-1 to Leicester.