Ex-Manchester United, Toronto FC defender goes (extremely) green

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Former Manchester United Academy product and Toronto FC veteran Richard Eckersley has made a major career change.

Eckersley, 28, has gone from professional footballer to owner of a zero waste shop called Earth.Food.Love.

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These shops aim to do just what the name implies, make sure nothing from the day-to-day goes into a trash bin; They find a use for everything.

From the BBC:

In March, just over a year after the curtain fell on his football career, Eckersley moved down to Totnes with his wife and eight-week-old daughter Willow to open their zero waste shop.

Customers bring their own jars, bags, bottles and boxes and buy raw materials without packaging.

The article says Eckersley and his wife handle all details at the store, including mopping up messes. That’s a far cry from the high-flying life of a League Cup winner at Old Trafford.

Also, Eckersley has also gone vegan and looks a lot different from his playing days, growing his hair out.

Eckersley with his wife and child (Credit: thezerowasteshop.co.uk)