alternative now

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our vision

We are creating an affordable, inclusive and environmentally-focused hub, home to Derby’s brand new independent zero waste shop, Alt Now Refills.

We hope to build a community with our patrons, collaborators, local businesses and groups. With your input and support we want to expand into delivering community-led projects through our inhouse studio and workshop room, Alt Now Studios, launching next year.

Our vision is to make a space for creation, conversation, and participation, in future ideas, and ‘Alternative Nows'.

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Gravity dispenser with lentils

alt now refills

coming 2021

We are creating a unique, zero waste shopping experience in Derby.

Using refill stations we will stock a variety of wholefoods, teas and coffees, herbs and spices, household cleaning liquids and essential lifestyle products. All our products will be plant-based, cruelty-free and ethically sourced.

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alt now studios

coming 2022

Alt Now Studios will be an artist-led, community-driven, creative space and open access workshop.

The studio will be equipped with sustainable facilities, offering the use of a range of equipment and materials. We hope to host an annual programme of workshops, residencies, exhibitions and events, exploring the environment and our impact on it.

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about us

We’re Charlie and Tom, a couple living locally in Derbyshire and the founders of Alternative Now.

Over the past several years we have both engaged with issues spanning environmental, social justice, mental wellbeing and animal rights, through our commitment to activism and art.

Alternative Now is our response to what we have learnt through these experiences.

Tom portrait

Let’s build an alternative to what’s available now.

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