Plastic Free Shopping: 102 Of The UK's Best Zero Waste Stores
Zero waste shopping isn't just for bulk-buying, lentil loving hippies. Aside from the growing problem with single use plastic and packaging, did you know a fifth of your shopping bill goes on packaging?
The UK has seen an explosion in the number of independent zero waste shops. Is there one near you? Scroll down to have a look.
Mon 10 Aug 2020
Zero waste shops have become a real force for showing how conscious consumerism can change the way we buy and eat our food.
Why are zero waste shops good for the environment?
As well as cutting down on pointless plastics and single use packaging, zero waste shopping can help combat food waste as you only buy what you need and help you eat healthier ingredients.
We're talking organic veggies, nut butter ground in store, Fairtrade tea and coffee and most of the below stores also sell plastic free cleaning products, homewares (hello bamboo toothbrushes and steel lunchboxes).
They also tend to be independently owned and often stock local suppliers, so you're putting more money back into your local economy and they're becoming community centres for like minded people.
We know, they're not everywhere, and not everyone can access them yet - but there are lots more opening or here are 11 plastic free online shops you'll love.
Scroll down to find your local zero waste shop and if you want to add a shop to the list, let us know in the comments below!
Plastic free shopping: 102 of the UK's best zero waste stores
Viva Organic, Cardiff
On Albany Road, you will find Cardiff’s first not-for-profit zero waste shop, Ripple with refillable bulk staples, along with sustainable homewares and natural beauty products, like plastic-free shampoo and deodorant. The store has a community feel to it and offers treats like pure nut butter from their in-store machine and other packaging-free goods like gluten-free pasta and household detergents.
Happy Planet Green Store, Pembrokeshire
Pembrokeshire has joined the zero waste shopping revolution with the recent opening of Happy Planet Green Store in Narbeth. This cute shop stocks dried goods you can scoop and weigh out, bring your own containers or use the recycled paper bags available. There are also organic and natural toiletries, cleaning supply refills and eco-friendly garden tools.
The Little Pantry, Tenby
Plastic free loving Pembrokeshire people can pop into The Little Pantry in Tenby which opened last May. Dried goods, ethically sourced, local and seasonal veg and all the household cleaning refills you could need are all in stock. Just roll up with your reusable containers.
Natural Weigh, Powys, Wales
Powys has its own zero waste shop in the form of Natural Weigh. It stocks organic and local dry goods that you can weigh out into your own containers as well as cleaning products and plastic free straws, as well as soapnuts and reusable containers. Find it in Crickhowell in Powys, Wales, in the beautifully old and staunchly independently spirited Corn Exchange.
New Leaf Co-op, Edinburgh
New Leaf Co-op has been suggested by lots of pebble readers. For those that don't know it, this hidden away gem in Argyle Place, Edinburgh sells loose dry goods that you weigh out into your own containers and plenty of gluten free, vegan and dairy free options, including some amazing plant mylks. The store acts as real community hub, with the staff getting involved in other waste less, recycling and upcycling programmes.
Scotland's Locavore has a lot of lovers out there. Locavore is all about building a more resilient, sustainable food system - which includes a zero waste shop, veg box scheme, farm and a lot more. The social enterprise shop (which funnels profits into the other sections of its sustainable food system) sells not just organic dry goods but eco-friendly household cleaners, local honey, cheese and milk and a daily changing selection of locally made bread.
Sea No Waste, Angus
Sea No Waste has opened in Angus, Scotland with over 150 bins of plastic free foodstuffs (including homemade nut butter) plus everything else you need from water bottles to reusable paper towels.
The Eco Larder, Edinburgh
In the Haymarket area of Edinburgh, The Eco Larder is the city’s first zero-waste store and is likely to fulfil all of your plastic-free desires. As a not-for-profit enterprise supported by volunteers, the store contains everything from vegetables, to bread and toiletries. The shop has a fridge full of vegan goodies and recently added a milk machine to fill up your bottles. Alongside the shop itself, The Eco Larder runs regular zero-waste workshops, beach clean-up missions and monthly subscriptions of their products (delivered by bike). You can also access a small range of their essential products online.
The Refillery, Edinburgh
Having opened in January 2019, The Refilllery in Newington, Edinburgh is a plastic free store stocking a huge range of groceries and ethical goods. With many of their products being sourced locally, such as honey from third generation producers and loose-leaf tea from Eteaket both based in Edinburgh, this shop is a perfect spot for more sustainable consumption. As well as a range of organic fresh fruit, veg, eggs and bread, you can also indulge your zero-waste sweet tooth by picking up some chocolate buttons and chocolate covered peanuts.
Weigh To Go, Edinburgh
Weigh To Go, on Leith Walk, Edinburgh sells a wide range of refillable toiletries, spices and groceries. The store has milk sold in glass bottles that can be returned and refilled, a variety of dried fruits and nuts, and also have non-packaged nutritional yeast. Many of their products, such as their fermented goods, butter and are sourced from local suppliers in Edinburgh.
The Re:Store, Moray
Head to the harbour end of Queen Street, Lossiemouth to find this zero waste shop perched on the edge of the sea it’s re:storing. The Re:Store, Moray is a zero waste refillery that stocks loose dried food, fresh local produce, and a wide range of plastic free bathroom and kitchen essentials, all made in the UK.
London & surrounds
Unpackaged at Planet Organic, London
The UK's largest fully certified organic supermarket, Planet Organic are getting in on the zero waste act. Four of its stores now offer the Unpackaged zero waste way of buying legumes, grains, dry goods and so on with your own containers. Find them in Muswell Hill, Westbourne Grove, Islington and Torrington Place.
South London is no longer left out of the zero waste revolution. Hetu opened in 2017 with a mission to champion a zero waste lifestyle and conscious consumerism. It sells food that is as close to its original form as possible, mostly unprocessed and unrefined plant based ingredients. Other products have some form of social responsibility and the store reckons it can help you get to zero waste in two weeks.
Get Loose, London
Part of Hackney City Farm and a social enterprise, Get Loose opened this summer and sells organic pasta, fruit, nuts pulses, grains, mylks in glass bottles, cheese in compostable wrapping and lots more.
The Refill Larder, Teddington
Just outside London you'll find The Refill Larder in Teddington. There are your usual dry goods but also a really lovely selection of plastic free bathroom items, with brands like Soap Daze and plenty of household plastic free swaps. Say hello to brown paper sandwich bags, copper pan scrubbers and vegan friendly food wraps. (They also sell online).
The coolest part of London, Tooting, just got cooler with the opening of BYO, a zero waste store within Tooting Market. Pop by for info on how to have a low impact lifestyle, chat all things zero waste and of course pick up your plastic free ingredients, toiletries and more.
The Source, London
The Source Bulk Foods have two stores in London, one in Battersea and one in Chiswick. They are owned by Patrick and Makayla, Australians who have made London home. The stores have over 500 different products ranging from staple pantry items, like nuts, grains, pastas as well as honey, oils, household cleaning products and a large range of amazing snacks. Also check out their website with zero waste tips, recipes, product benefits and blogs.
Fill Food, South Bucks
Unlike others, Fill Food is a zero waste delivery service in South Bucks and Berkshire selling plastic-free, mainly plant-based food produce and household essentials. All you need to do is book a delivery slot and have your containers ready! The Fill van often also pops up at local markets around the area.
Mission Green, London
Having opened in October 2018, the plastic free store Mission Green in South-East London has an assortment of refillable foodstuffs in gravity dispensers and glass jars for you to choose from. You can also pick up organic, packaging free fresh fruit and vegetables here, as well as household and personal hygiene products like natural deodorants.
The physical side of Re:Store is located at the Hackney Downs studios. Here you will be able to find a wide range of lovely local Hackney & East London produce, like tofu & vegan cheeses, Kombucha, vegan pesto, curry paste and pasta made from ancient grains. These zero waste pioneers run a range of workshops & evening events too. You can enjoy candle making to vegan dumpling making to vegan cheese & wine nights! Plus, they now stock plastic free bathroom and lifestyle essentials online!
Cups and Jars, London
Cups and Jars is a cafe and bulk food shop in Forest Gate, East London selling a tantalising range of products from the essentials like nuts and five different kinds of rice to more unusual items like handmade pesto and vegan and natural wines. There is an incredibly colourful array of organic fresh fruit and vegetables and if you get hungry just at the sight of it all, the cafe serves up some beautiful looking food.
SWOP Market, London
Shop Without Packaging (SWOP) in Lee Green, South-East London brings you an entirely plastic free, vegetarian or vegan way to shop. In addition to stocking household and personal hygiene refills, SWOP has loose coffee, tea, fruit and veg which, where possible, have been sourced locally. As well as being a grocery store, they also sell pastries and coffee (in reusable cups) if you fancy swinging by on-the-go.
Bulk Market, London
In a hipster railway arch on Bohemia Place, East London Bulk Market offers an ever-increasing range that mostly comes from within 50 miles of the plastic free shop. As a social enterprise, Bulk Market aims to be sustainable at every step and are part of the Terracycle UK scheme in which you can drop off hard-to-recycle plastics. Along with stocking whole grains, nuts, dried fruits as well as oils and vinegar, this store has recently added to its dairy-free range, now offering nut milk and dairy-free cheese. Look out for the goodies that are coming soon, such as kombucha and pet food.
Mother Works, London
As part of the vegan organic cafe in Hackney Wick, East London Mother Works has a refill station where you can stock up on their high-quality products, such as the granola that is made in-store. The cafe is a cool hangout spot and strives to be zero-waste, rewarding you with a discount if you bring your own container or cup.
Naked Larder, London
Herne Hill's own take on the zero waste shop is Naked Larder, which runs more like a click and collect service. Put your plastic free shopping order in online and then take your own containers to go and pick up your order.
North London has its own plastic-free, vegan shop in the form of Harmless. While this might be the smallest zero waste shop we’ve come across, it’s the only one you can have a beer at while you’re collecting and weighing out your zero waste shopping. There’s the obvious plant-based dry goods but also household cleaning supplies and life’s little pleasures like vegan Parmesan.
Midlands & East of England
Everyday plastic free staples are what's on offer at NADA in Leicester which opened this summer. Pop down for beeswax wraps, plastic free loo roll plus all the food stuffs you'd expect.
Nature's Intention, Bromsgrove
Find vegan-friendly, zero waste Nature's Intentions in Bromsgrove in the Midlands. There's a huge selection of food (like raw chocolate, vinegars, herbs, pulses) and non-food items including sustainable nappies, oils, soaps and so on. Don't worry if you forget your jars and bags, the store keep a supply of secondhand glass jars for emergencies.
Bamboo Turtle, Hertfordshire
Bamboo Turtle is the first zero waste shop in Herts but if the rate of openings carry on we can't see it being the last. While Bamboo Turtle only stocks dry goods for now, it also does a good line in plastic free toiletries like toilet rolls, shampoos, conditioners, make up removing face pads, bamboo straws and soaps.
Daily Bread, Northampton
Daily Bread is on Bedford Road in Northhampton and has a few refill stations where you can stock up on sustainable cleaning products. Whilst the rest of the products in the store are not zero-waste, they are all ethically sourced and there are some plastic-free alternatives to everyday items, such as bamboo straws and reusable coffee cups.
Refill Revolution, Market Harborough
Pop up shop Refill Revolution has brought the zero waste shopping experience to Market Harborough's indoor market with detergent and cleaning refills, dry goods and many other household essentials.
The Refill Pantry, St Albans, Hertfordshire
St Albans now has a zero waste shop, in the shape of The Refill Pantry. Dried food, natural toiletries and skincare - nearly everything is organic, ethically-sourced and natural. Pop by and just pay for what you weigh.
Dash Vegan, Nottingham
Dash Vegan is a vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free supermarket stocking all of your eco-friendly essentials. Take your own containers and stock up on tea, coffee, nuts, herbs and even a locally made veggie burger mix. They also provide a vegan food delivery service, cutting down on packaging and ensuring everything is ethical and wholesome.
Check out our eco-friendly city guide to Nottingham for ethical stores, ecohotels, vegan cafes and more.
Oxfordshire hasn't been forgotten with Scoop - a mobile zero waste pop up shop that appears at several markets throughout the county. It sells unpackaged dry goods including pasta, organic rice, flour, sugar and dried fruits as well as refillable SESI Refill detergents.
The Market Garden, Eynsham, Oxfordshire
Traditional greengrocers, The Market Garden, who grow much of their fruit and veg themselves, have expanded to include zero waste shopping on dried goods plus herbs and spices, household products and toiletries. Take the excuse to pop to the Eynsham Cellar opposite for refills of wine and cider.
SESI pop up shop, East Oxford Farmers' Market
Find the popular zero waste SESI pop up shop at various farmers' markets in East Oxfordshire at weekends. A social enterprise that pays students the Living Wage to help out, it stocks 100 whole food and household detergents and supplies many other shops in the region.
The Clean Kilo, Birmingham
Birmingham’s first zero waste shop opened in June and has already made a huge impact on plastic free people. The Clean Kilo is based in The Custard Factory in Digbeth and zero waste shoppers can look forward to plastic-free food, drink, toiletries and cleaning products. Take your own containers or pick up recycled ones in the store.
The Wholesome Weigh, Hitchin
As well as being completely plastic free The Wholesome Weigh stock plenty of ethically sourced produce and really focus on supporting growers co-ops. They even do local deliveries using cargo bikes for those who cant routinely make it to the shop! This is not only the place to go for all your essential refills of food, cleaning and bathroom products in Hitchin. The Wholesome Weigh also stock fairtrade, organic, local and artisan products.
North of England
Waste Not, Burley in Wharfedale, West Yorkshire
Waste Not is a minimal waste shop at the The Grange, Burley in Wharfedale. Helping you to reduce plastic consumption, the minimal waste shop is for dry goods, refills of cleaning products and homewares and hopes to get the local Yorkshire area moving to plastic free shopping.
PLENTIFUL, Ramsbottom, Bury
Greater Manchester's first zero waste shop has opened recently to much coverage including an unveiling by Mayor Andy Burnham. With 100 food stuffs (80% of them organic), and everything from plastic free loo roll to plastic free skincare to order, PLENTIFUL should be a new favourite in no time.
A Small Good Thing, Bolton
Two friends set up the zero waste store, A Small Good Thing, on Church Road, Bolton as a community greengrocers. As well as having crates of seasonal and fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from, this store is notably offering pre-packed meal (compostable) boxes with everything you need for a plastic-free, healthy meal all in one.
Another Weigh, Penrith
Having opened in January this year, Another Weigh on Angel Lane in Penrith is open Tuesday-Saturday. The cosy store offers an extensive selection of plastic-free products like loose leaf tea, dried fruit and a range of spices. If you fancy, you can use their mill to make your own nut butter without all the additional funny stuff. There is also the offer of oat and nut milk freshly made in store. The not for profit store also has its own charity to help local communities.
Restore, Hoylake, Merseyside
Restore offers a large zero waste shopping opportunity in Hoylake, Wirral with the foundational dried goods like pulses, beans and spices, in addition to an inspiring snack section which is filled with tasty treats like wasabi peas, crisps in compostable packets and vegan pick & mix.
Jar Tree, Leeds
Jar Tree in Leeds Kirkgate Market has loose plant-based produce, in addition to offering household and personal items without all the plastic, such as reusable homemade cotton face wipes. This store doesn’t stop there, they also have dog and cat food for all your furry friends and you’ll be rewarded for cutting down on your plastic through their loyalty card scheme.
Right in the middle of Leeds in the Central Arcade is Ecotopia, a zero waste shop giving you access to a diverse and exciting range of products with no single-use plastic in sight. They’ve got all the necessities like cereals, herbs and household cleaning items, including citric acid and bicarbonate of soda as natural cleaning chemicals. It’s also one of the few stores we’ve seen serving up Canadian maple syrup on tap and if that’s not enough to get you excited, then maybe their plastic-free tins of glitter and vegan cinnamon rolls will...
Open House, Gateshead
Open House in Low Fell, Gateshead is the perfect spot to stock up on your plastic-free homewares and toiletries. Amongst the lines of retro and sustainably produced clothing, this store has some unique products, such as compostable bamboo fibre plasters and cruelty-free skincare from Herbfarmacy. There is also a refill station that opened up in January where you can collect households detergents like soap and fabric softener.
The Good Life, Stockport
In Heatons, Stockport, The Good Life has all the essentials and more for a plastic-free store. It stocks goods such as tea, sweets, dried foods, as well as household, beauty and baby products such as biodegradable nappies and toothbrushes. In addition, you can refill containers with cooking oils and At the same time as picking up your fresh groceries, why not stock up on some wine from their dispensers or treat yourself to one of their craft beers from the shelves.
People of Sheffield shouldn't feel left out when it comes to zero waste shops. Unwrapped opened recently in Crookes area of the Green City and offers a range of vegan and vegetarian products, all plastic free. Pick up solid shampoo bars, vegan treats and make up and plastic free period items.
Waste Not Want Not, Merseyside
Located in Birkenhead Market, Waste Not Want Not is the first zero waste store in Merseyside. The owner employ homeless people to help get them back into work and is working on the largest eco brick structure to be made in the UK in Birkenhead Park.
Harrogate has its own packaging free and zero waste shop, called Jarfull. You can find food items (like bamboo toothbrushes and water bottles) at this lovely store and purchase glass jars and cotton bags to carry your goods home in.
Cut The Wrap, Ulverston, Cumbria
Cut The Wrap recently opened in Ulverston thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign. Looking to get pickling and preserving this winter? Pop into Cut The Wrap who have everything from vinegars and spices to glass jars on hand.
Single Step, Lancaster
A grandaddy of the zero waste movement, Single Step has been selling plastic free everything since 1976. From locally made candles to a pinch of pepper, pop in to buy as little or as much as you need, all without single use plastic.
The Paddock, Northumberland
This family run farm and veg box scheme is also a zero waste shop and has been selling plastic free toiletries, cleaning products and essentials for the last six years. Any food packaging is recycled, fruit and veg is loose and the team are super friendly to boot.
M20 Refills, Manchester
M20 Refillsis Manchester's own zero waste home delivery service. Think of them as the zero waste milkman! They use glass bottles to deliver cleaning supplies, washing liquid, natural skincare and household extras like coconut dish scourers. You can also pick items up from delivery points all over Manchester.
Refill has opened as a zero waste concession within Windmill Wholefoods Co-operative and this new store offers all your zero waste kit essentials, from cups and straws to plastic free bottles as well as loose, organic wholefoods. Watch out for pop up stores, events and even a home delivery service coming in 2019.
For anyone in the Merseyside area, it could not be easier to shop plastic free from Unfill! This is an amazing, eco-friendly, zero waste grocery delivery service. They will actually come and collect your ‘unfilled’ packaging from you, stock it up from their Liverpool office and deliver it back to your doorstep. They counteract their emissions using a Gold Standard carbon offset service and the Shell Go App. Pretty cool eh?
TurtleBee, East Lancashire
TurtleBee, makes reducing plastic waste simple, fun and accessible. There are currently two TurtleBee shops, one in Great Harwood and one Padiham, and there are definitely more in the plastic free pipeline. Their prices are competitive, and both are situated close to supermarkets, making it easy to get what you’re after from your ordinary shop packaging free.
South East England & East Anglia
Eco Pantry, Kent
Find the Eco-Pantry at various farmers' markets around Kent (Tonbridge, West Malling, Aylesford) each weekend selling dried food and household cleaning and skincare products from brands like Georganics, Keep Cups and more.
Bare Bazaar, Ashford, Kent
Kent isn't lagging behind when it come to zero waste shopping. Bare Bazaar is currently a pop up within Made in Ashford, Park Mall. At present you'll need to pop by on Fridays or Saturdays for your plastic free dry goods, household cleaners, shampoos and other essentials but it hopes to be a full time store soon so give it your support if you can.
Kent's Unboxed does exactly what it says on the (plastic-free) tin. 'Get what you need without all the horrible plastic.' Exactly. Pop into the cute shop in Canterbury, refill everything you need from pasta to olive oil and everyone's happy.
Bury Whole Foods, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Suffolk’s first door to door delivery service for zero waste refills and organic wholefoods is here. Bury Wholefoods is a hassle free company, that hand delivers zero waste and ethically sourced food and homewares, often from brands that are local to Suffolk. If you live within a ten mile radius of Bury St Edmunds, why not put in an order?
Emmaus Suffolk, Felixstowe
Emmaus Suffolk is a local charity supporting homeless and long term unemployed individuals and have a store on Great Eastern Square, Felixstowe where you can back their work whilst cutting down your plastic footprint by stocking up on refillable sustainable household detergents by Sesi. On the last Saturday of each month, this store hosts an Eco Market with local traders offering upcycled or sustainably produced goods, including refillable dry foods as well as other fun things like jewellery made from recycled silver!
Emmaus Suffolk, Ipswich
In Ipswich Emmaus Suffolk have two stores at The Dales and at Sailmakers Shopping Centre, in addition to a mobile van shop that pops up in local village markets. Along with second-hand household items and clothing, these stores have Sesi refill stations where you can get plastic-free, vegan and biodegradable household products like laundry detergent, window cleaner and hand wash.
The Green Parrot, Swaffham, Suffolk
The Green Parrot on Market Place, Swaffham, Suffolk has a refill counter with organic and GM-free loose grains, nuts, seeds and even some dried fruit. They also have plastic free loose tea, coffee and household detergents and run a glass jar recycling scheme. If you’re feeling particularly zen, why not take a yoga class or get a massage at the Green Parrot at the same time as doing your shopping?
Health Foods For You, Sudbury
Doubling up as a health food and zero waste shop, Health Foods For You in Sudbury, Suffolk serves up a host of organic foodstuffs, personal hygiene and household detergents in refill dispensers. At the same time, they do have typical products that might be found in a health food store, like organic supplements, cannabis oil and refrigerated food, including Vegan halloumi which aren't packaging-free.
Daily Bread Co-operative, Cambridge
Committed to providing ethically-sourced foods to the local community Daily Bread Cambridge is a vegetarian wholefood shop in Kings Hedges, the outskirts of Cambridge with strict policies against GMOs and animal testing. In the large store, you will be able to find all your grocery essentials like pulses, grains, dried fruit and condiments. You can also bring along your containers to refill on detergents and shampoo.
Foot Loose And Plastic Free, Cheltenham
Close to Cheltenham’s centre at the Global Footsteps cafe on Portland Street you can find a multitude of unpackaged products at Foot Loose And Plastic Free Thursday-Saturday. With all profits going to charity, this zero waste shop has the staples like grains, beans, seeds and dried fruit in addition to refillable household products. Their return and refill scheme for jars of honey from local beekeepers is also a unique selling point. This store keeps spirits high for shoppers with locally made vegan cupcakes and fresh coffee.
An Ethical Life, Colchester
With two stores, one in the city centre on Eld Lane, Colchester and the other in Great Bentley, An Ethical Life sells refillable oils, loose foods and household products that are all cruelty and plastic free. As well as having a number of handmade and locally sourced personal care items, this shop manages to the extent the zero waste lifestyle to four-legged friends with their handmade vegan dog treats.
Ernie’s Zero waste shop, Norwich
Ernie’s Zero waste shop is a cute little plastic free spot on Magdalen Street, Norwich. All of their produce is fully vegan and cruelty free as well as zero waste. As well as all the staples for your food cupboards, bathroom and kitchen, Ernie’s offer a delivery service and a gift card.
The Store, Bedford
Introducing the first zero waste shop in Bedford: The Store is proud to celebrate its home town. They do this by partnering with companies who stock local produce and promoting local brands. This beautiful shop stocks a huge variety of edible and practical refills and proponents of the ‘5 Rs’ philosophy: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot.
Resource is a charming, unpackaged, low waste bulk food store. They have an in house and fully plant based cafe too. So, you can bring your jars and containers, fill up on your essentials and then sit down to some delicious vegan sweets and snacks.
Pedrick’s Zero Waste Shop, Caterham
Pedrick's works closely with local suppliers to make sure that, wherever possible, they stock produce from within a 30 mile radius of their store. This beautiful shop even has their own ‘Pedrick’s app’! You can use it to scan the QR code of a product to see its supplier and more detailed information on it. As well as stocking all the zero waste essentials you could need, this store runs workshops, they have a terracycle recycling point and great resources on their site about adjusting to the low waste lifestyle.
South West England
Earth.Food.Love sells everything from dried goods to shampoos, you can grind your own peanut butter, pick up vegan chocolates and chat to Richard about all things permaculture. It's a real community hub for the latest wave of city-escapers to Devon.
Discover more about Earth.Food.Love in our ethical guide to Totnes.
Loose, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Stroud now has its own plastic free shop, Loose has a range of grains, pulses, seeds & nuts, dried fruit (either organic, Fairtrade or ethically sourced). The zero waste shop will even pack and weigh out your shopping list for you, using cloth bags, recycled containers and glass jars.
Fodder Basics, Hereford
On Church Street, Fodder Basics is Herefordshire’s first plastic free stall selling non-organic wholefood sweet and savoury products, such as cereals, pulses, nuts and seeds in gravity dispensers. In addition to these store cupboard essentials and the artisan bread that is stocked Tuesday-Saturday, there is a range of eco-friendly household detergents and toiletries you can stock up on too. Uniquely this stall has crisps in packets that can be composted at home.
Waste Not Want Not, Bridport, Dorset
Waste Not Want Not is Dorset's first zero waste shop. Go for plastic free shopping and buy organic, unpackaged, plant based whole foods as well as detergent and personal care refills and an expanding range of zero waste home and lifestyle products. Don't have your own plastic containers? Pick up paper bags and organic cotton bags as well as glass jars.
The Green Weigh, Bridport, Dorset
Last year four mums crowdfunded The Green Weigh, a mobile zero waste shop that now serves eight locations across Dorset. Every day they're in different locations selling ethically sourced, vegan-friendly, plastic free food and essentials so everyone can buy groceries without using plastic.
Having recently opened a second zero waste shop Nourish now has two stores: one on Fore Street, Topsham and the second store on Magdalen Road that was recently cited as one of the “10 most cool shopping districts around the world” by the Guardian. With fresh milk from a Cornish dairy on tap, alongside oils, vinegar and nut milks this place is a one-stop-shop for your liquid refills. Alongside the extensive range of plastic-free foodstuffs, household detergents and natural beauty products, you can also pick up a pair of sustainable wooden sunglasses if you're feeling summery.
Zero Green, Bristol
Bristolians are spoilt for choice when it comes to zero waste shopping. Zero Green in Bristol champions buying in bulk, buying plastic free ingredients and buying local. Pop in and weigh out dry ingredients, washing up liquid, shampoos and lots of other items. Many of their suppliers are local to Bristol and you can also pick up plastic free deodorants, water bottles, KeepCups, bamboo cutlery and stainless steel straws.
Incredible Bulk, Cornwall
Zero waste stores don't have to be in fixed locations. Cornwall's Incredible Bulk is a mobile zero waste shop that sells bulk dried foods, refillable home cleaning products and a mixture of lifestyle products that promote living life with less waste. It travels on a monthly schedule to serve the smaller, more rural communities of Cornwall.
Lesser Litter, Taunton
Taunton's first zero waste shop, Lesser Litter, opened back in June to much local love. It offers dry goods, including nuts, pulses and spices, as well as coffee beans, loose leaf tea and cereals.
Cariad Wholefoods, Dorset
Find Cariad Wholefoods in Blandford Forum in Dorset, it's an independent health store with a large zero waste section. 90 dry goods, herbs, spices and herbal teas are available to buy loose, along with zero waste toiletries, reusable coffee cups, straws, organic produce bags and more.
Nourish of Topsham, Devon
The zero waste shopping revolution has reached Exeter and Devon. Zero waste shop Nourish of Topshsam opened in March 2018 and provides plastic free goods, weigh your own dry ingredients and there's a real focus on local ingredients - the store even has local milk on tap, you can make plant milks in store and there's plastic free cups, straws and even our plastic free oral care from Georganics.
Packaging Not Included, Marlborough, Wiltshire
This cute little refill and zero waste shop in Marlborough is helping Wiltshire's communities to go plastic free. In addition to the dried goods, teas and coffee, fruit, veg and bread it also organises workshops where you can learn to make your own green, plastic free cleaning products
Refill Store, Truro, Cornwall
Refill Store opened in May 2018 in Truro’s Lemon Street Market and hasn't looked back. Head to Truro's Refill Store for food, toiletries and household and cleaning supplies and pick up a reusable cup, natural deodorant and other essentials for your zero waste out and about kit.
Gillian's Larder, Helston, Cornwall
Gillian's Larder in is a packaging and plastic free groceries store. Herbs and spices, dry goods and more can be found here along with fantastic recipe sheets for things like Cornish saffron buns and Moroccan tagine.
Preserve Foods, Bristol
Zero waste shops might be a bit like buses in Bristol, the city now has several zero waste shopping options. Preserve is the latest packaging-free store to open in the city. It sells everything from natural suncream to store supplies, all plastic-free. Take along your own containers or pick up plastic free boxes and jars in the pretty shop.
Check out our eco-friendly city guide to Bristol for ethical stores, ecohotels, vegan cafes and more.
South of England
Wild Thyme Wholefoods, Portsmouth
Portsmouth's Wild Thyme Wholefoods is a worker-owned co-op with a large zero waste section, organic fruit and veg selection and a wide range of liquid cleaning and toiletries as refills. Plus all the packaging is plant based.
For less plastic and waste, Refilled (formerly ‘Refillery’) at Drapers Yard Market is a cute plastic free shop stocking dried foods and cleaning products, such as shampoo and conditioner without the packaging. Distinctively this store has a range of flavours of vegan energy balls from Nosh for a tasty boost with zero guilt about their plastic footprint!
Sunrise Organics, Bournemouth
The independent, entirely vegan health store Sunrise Organics in the heath of Bournemouth has recently become part of the zero waste movement with their addition of refill stations where you can stock up on domestic cleaning fluids, toiletries like shower gel and hand sanitiser. Twin Larder, Ash, Hampshire
Twin Larder aren't just a zero waste shop, as great as that is. They're also passionate about helping their local community move to a zero waste lifestyle, by creating a Facebook community, they run refill pop ups at local events, organise litter picks and they're helping a local primary school to setup a local Terracycle drop-off point.
Harriets of Hove, Hove
Offering a unique, plastic free shopping experience in the centre of Hove, Harriets of Hove has plenty of foodstuffs, including seasonal veg and oils, as well as stocking kitchen bulk products to support more sustainable consumption practices.
Farnham in Surrey now has it's very own zero waste shop. Keep is tucked away up above the plant based cafe, Okomoko. Pop in for all your vegan, zero waste and cruelty free supplies. The shop is open weekday mornings and Sunday and all day on Saturday. Just remember to keep your old containers.
The Okomoko vegan cafe has recently added on a whole zero waste section with an increasing range of goods from nuts, seeds and pastas to chocolate buttons, loose tea and coffee. It’s also worth taking along containers to stock up on toiletries and other household liquid refills.
Earthkind now has a permanent place in Horsham Market on Thursdays, where the zero waste team supply plastic free food and toiletries. It's working up to a local delivery service.
The Naked Pantry, New Milton, Hampshire
Not to be left out of the zero waste shopping revolution, The Naked Pantry is now open in the New Forest. Pop by for fresh food, plastic free dried goods, ethical, natural skincare and lots more. It's all about being 'tasteful not wasteful' - we couldn't agree more.
Waste Not, Brighton
Waste Not is Brighton’s zero waste shopping experience. Find it in Brighton's Open Market, this cute store sells everything from bamboo cutlery and organic cotton make up pads to steel lunchboxes and dried goods and spices. We're loving the plastic free highlighter pencils.
Zero Waste Larder, Worthing
The Zero Waste Larder store in Worthing has a plethora of unprocessed, zero waste everyday foodstuffs. Their daily delivery of vegan bread is sourced from the local Grain Wave Bakery and they’ve also got a bunch of natural, plastic-free toiletries like soap and shampoo bars.
Rice Up Wholefoods, Southampton
Located in the heart of Southampton, Rice Up Wholefoods is an independent wholefoods grocery store that specialises in vegan, zero waste and gluten-free products. They focus on affordable ethical staples but also boast very well stocked refill section! Bring your jars and containers to stock up on dried food stuffs, fresh fruit and veg as well as cleaning and bathroom products.
The Green House At Stane Street, Pulborough
The Green House At Stane Street describe themselves as a ‘back to basics store’. They live up their word, stocking a lovely array of packaging free fruit and veg, as well as other zero waste staples. They are not so basic in that they also sell fresh bread, sweets and chocolates.
The Source Bulk Foods Store, Brighton
The latest edition of The Source Bulk Foods Store opened in Brighton at the end of 2019. This waste-fighting franchise now have 3 stores, including their shops in Chiswick and Hackney. These packaging free health food shops cater to both foodies and eco conscious consumers. They boast 450 quality zero waste ingredients and their nutritious range caters to all dietary requirements. They even have kombucha on tap!
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