My top 7 online zero waste stores!

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Since embarking on my own zero-waste journey, I’ve come across lots of plastic free and zero waste online shops in the search for more ethical products. Here’s a round-up of my personal favourites – they’re all a bit different in ethos and products so keep reading to find the ones that align best with your own values and lifestyle!

 

Anything But Plastic

https://www.anythingbutplastic.co.uk

Anything But Plastic was the first shop I came across at the beginning of my zero waste journey and made me realise plastic-free alternatives were actually a thing and that maybe living a more sustainable life was possible! From cleaning balms to beauty products, Jenny does her own sustainability breakdown that focuses not only on plastic but gives a rating to each ingredient/material that makes up the product. Thanks to her checklist and religious research, customers can make fully informed choices about what they buy. She covers: What does it replace? Why is it better? Is it worth it? Material ratings.

 

Zero Waste Path Shop

https://www.zerowastepathshop.com

ZWP Shop is run by Bianca and Giulio, two sustainability graduates committed to living a more conscious life. They have quite the history of zero waste living, and Bianca has even done a Ted talk on the topic. What I love about their site is their company trash jar – they’re very transparent about what (little) trash their business makes, how they acquired the equipment/materials they need, and their supply chain. All of their products are 100% handmade, natural, vegan, plastic-free and palm-oil-free, and the Zero Waste Path blog has lots of handy tips for people wanting to live a more sustainable life.

 

The Kind Store

https://www.thekindstoreonline.co.uk

If only The Kind Store’s ethos was the norm! Kind to animals, kind to you, and kind to the planet, this business really has everything covered. They only work with 100% vegan companies who don’t test on animals, all of the products they list are made from 100% natural ingredients in small batches by independent businesses (almost all from the UK) and they source zero waste where possible (in recyclable packaging where not). Their website has an abundance of articles and zero waste FAQs, but what really appeals to me is the thoughtful gift collections not typical on many other sites and the fact that they donate 10% of profits to Tower Hill Stables Animal Sanctuary.

 

 

Acala

https://acalaonline.com

Acala offers a large range of organic, vegan beauty and wellness brands online, as well as DIY beauty products for those wanting to get creative! They aim to become entirely zero waste and believe that we shouldn’t just be trying to reduce the amount of natural resources that we consume, but also adjust our mindset to think more about the needs of the planet as well as our own. They have tested their own carbon footprint and are working to offset their business emissions by investing in a plastic neutral scheme (though they don’t use plastic themselves) and teaming up with Carbon Footprint to support their program fighting deforestation of the Amazonian rainforest and increasing biodiversity. They even donate 5% of profits to Friends of the Earth and attend various events and markets in London for anyone in the area!

 

Wearth London

https://www.wearthlondon.com

Wearth partner with UK brands offering premium eco-friendly and ethical products, with approximately 80% of the products on the site being made in the UK. All of their products are 100% vegan and cruelty-free, ranging from jewellery to furniture and homewares. The clincher however is the option to shop by values: plastic-free, made in the UK, vegan, handcrafted, natural ingredients, recyclable packaging, recycled materials, social contribution, and sustainable materials. Their Eco Inspo section also has tonnes of great articles covering lifestyle, tips and guest blogs.

 

 

 

Plastic Freedom

https://www.plasticfreedom.co.uk

Plastic Freedom is a must when it comes to plastic free essentials such as toothbrushes and reusable bottles. Beth started her ‘plastic resistance’ when she realised that the vast majority of consumers don’t actually buy plastic because it is plastic, but because in many cases it is simply the only option available. She is very active on social media and her blog where she provides endless plastic-free inspiration, and is always offering advice through her Instagram for people that are just getting started. I’d definitely recommend you follow her if you’re only just dipping your toes into the world of living plastic-free.

 

The Zero Waste Maker

https://www.the-zero-waste-maker.com

Oktavia is a Nottingham-based costume maker making recycled everyday products from scrap fabrics that would otherwise have been sent to landfill. Her beautiful handcrafted products are more often than not unique as a result, and she tries to tell the story of each fabric too where possible. She makes dish sponges, facial cleansing pads, bowl covers, produce bags etc. from the material she recovers. She also takes any scrap pieces that cannot be reused to recycling centres so that they don’t end up stuck with general waste where they cannot biodegrade.

 

 

 

Do you have any favourites that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments below!

The ultimate guide to plastic free and zero waste shops in the UK

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We’re part of a growing network of shops offering plastic free food options. If you’re looking for somewhere you can pop into to fill up your jars near you, here’s all of the physical retail locations that we know of offering plastic-free food options. If we’ve missed somewhere, let us know on shop@plasticfreepantry.co.uk

England

London

Hetu, St John’s Hill

Unpackaged, various locations

Unpackaged have a concession inside some Planet Organic stores and other locations

Shop Without Packaging SWOP market, Lee Green

The Naked Larder, Herne Hill

Collection service

Harmless, Wood Green

The Source, Chiswick

Coming soon

Bring Your Own, Tooting

 

North East

The Paddock, Rowlands Gill

The Paddock offer an organic fruit and veg box scheme, focus on zero waste, with unpackaged fruit and veg and recycled pulp egg boxes. They take all packaging back from customers to reuse and also offer delivery on organic milk in glass bottles with a bottle deposit scheme and have a range of refillable eco friendly household cleaning products which are all plant based

 

North West

A Small Good Thing, Bolton

A small, community greengrocer in Smithills, Bolton. Local, seasonal produce; zero waste.

Cut the Wrap, Ulverston

Cut the wrap is a new twist on an old idea- buy by weight, using your own container. Refill not landfill!

Goodness and Grain, Cockermouth

Currently operating as a market stall in and around Cockermouth

The Severn Way, Thornbury

Waste Not Want Not, Birkenhead

Currently open Saturdays only at Birkenhead Market

Wheelie Green Market, Southport & Ormskirk

Wheelie Green Larder is a zero-waste shop on wheels. It is a place to buy or have delivered your everyday essentials without the unnecessary packaging.

Coming soon:

Flourish Foods, Manchester

Zero waste food store in Manchester City Centre! Bring your own containers and Fill, Eat, Rinse, Repeat

Fulfilled, Ramsbottom

Ramsbottom plastic free food & household shop opening soon.

Utopia, Warrington

 

Yorkshire & The Humber

Our Zero Waste Shop, Sheffield

Sheffield Students’ Union’s new outlet dedicated to plastic free wholefoods and environmentally friendly household goods. Open to all.

Unwrapped, Sheffield

Unwrapped is a zero waste grocery shop based in Crookes, Sheffield.
Newly opened in May, we sell a wide range of wholefoods, liquid refills and eco products.

Jarfull, Harrogate

Pop-up shop and home delivery service with online ordering in Harrogate

Alligator, York

The Little Vegan Market, Middlesbrough

The Weigh It Was, Stockton-on-Tees

Coming soon:

Ecotopia, Leeds

Ecotopia are currently crowdfunding to open up a zero waste store in central Leeds. Visit their crowdfunding page to support them

The Jar Tree, Leeds

We’re working hard to bring a zero packaging, plastic free, more mindful way of shopping to Leeds in 2018.

Zero Yorkshire, Huddersfield

Zero Yorkshire is currently running pop-up shops and crowdfunding for a permanent space in Huddersfield.

Saker Wholefoods, Todmorden

 

East Midlands

Plastic Free Pantry (yes, us!) Nottingham

You can pick up any order from our central Nottingham location and soon we’ll have regular open hours

A Simpler Life, Rutland

Mobile and online shop covering Rutland

Nada, Leicester

A zero waste store in Leicester. Offering plastic free/bulk shopping alternatives on daily items!

Dash Vegan, Nottingham

Specialises in gluten-free vegan items with a weigh your own section

Coming soon:

Refill Revolution, Market Harborough

Bringing the Refill Revolution to Market Harborough! Promoting simple changes to reduce waste.

Scoop, Leicester

Coming soon! Leicester’s new package-free shop. Zero-waste groceries and lifestyle products for the conscious shopper.

 

West Midlands

Pack Your Own, Kings Heath

Bicycle delivery service with online pre-orders of plastic free food and household goods

Nature’s Intention, Bromsgrove

We will be opening this summer in Bromsgrove area, stocking everything from Bran Flakes to Bamboo Toothbrushes. They appear to be now open but have’t updated their Facebook description yet

The Clean Kilo, Birmingham

Zero Waste Supermarket based in Digbeth, Birmingham

Indigo Wholefoods, Moseley

Unpackaged fruit & Veg and detergent refills

The Waste Not Shop, Ledbury

Pop-up shop operating in Ledbury, Herefordshire

Coventry Market, Coventry

Coming soon:

Pack It In, Worcester

Opening soon in central Worcester: A Zero Waste shop selling a wide range of food items, toiletries, detergent range and lifestyle items.

 

East of England

Arjuna Wholefoods, Cambridge

Workers’ co-operative with refills of herbs & spices, unpackaged bread, and loose organic vegetables

Backyard Food, Peterborough

The Green Parrot, Swaffham

Cupboard Love, Woodbridge

 

South East

SESI, Oxford

Social Enterprise. 12yrs campaign reducing plastic pollution and food waste. Find them at East Oxford Farmers Market every Saturday

Faringdon Unwrapped, Faringdon

Scoop Zero Waste, Oxfordshire

Pop-up zero waste events in the Oxfordshire area

Charlotte’s Cupboard, Sussex

The UK’s first zero waste shop on wheels, Charlotte’s Cupboard offer a delivery service from their electric van and also have regular stop off locations you can find them to refill your jars.

Bamboo Turtle, Letchworth Garden City

The Refill Pantry, St Albans

Lesser Litter, Taunton

Wild Thyme, Southsea

Rice Up, Southampton

Eco-Freaks Emporium, Gosport

Fetch’em from the Cupboard, Leatherhead

My Refill Market, Milton Keynes

A zero waste stall where you can shop without packaging and bring your own containers at local markets

Nowhere, Chertsey

Keep, Godalming

A zero-waste personal care and household products market stall that does pop-ups up at various local markets and events.

 

South West

Earth.Food.Love, Totnes

Earth.Food.Love is an organic, wholefoods, zero-waste shop based in Totnes, South Devon.

Good Fayre, Salisbury

Goodfayre, an ethical shop in Salisbury, created by Dana Burton as part of her mission to help, not harm our planet, people or animals.

Loose, Stroud

Loose bringing you unpackaged foods and other household and personal care items in a largely plastic free environment. Bring your own packaging.

Preserve, Bristol

We are a zero waste shop where there is no plastic packaging. You can bring your own containers and buy as little or as much as you like.

Zero Green, Bristol

Packaging free shop in Bristol

Southville Deli, Bristol

Scoopaway Health Foods, Bristol

Better Food Co, Bristol

Waste Not Want Not, Bridport

Dorset’s first zero waste shop selling organic, unpackaged, plant based wholefoods

Harvest, Bath

Offers a range of loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit and detergent refills

Scoop & Spice, North Somerset

Refills of wholefoods, spices, and detergents

Cariad Wholefoods, Dorset

Unpackaged wholefoods, loose veg, plastic free toiletries sold by a committed zero waster

Spill the Beans, Wimbourne

Un_rap, Falmouth

The Refill Store, Truro

Gillian’s Larder, Helston

Nature’s Nutrition, Bideford

Nourish of Topsham, Exeter

The Real Food Store and Cafe, Exeter

Almond & Co, Bournemouth

Coming soon:

The Severn Weigh, Thornbury

 

Isle of Wight

Easiweigh, Newport

 

Scotland

Lil, East Lothian & East Edinburgh

Lil is a pop-up store covering East Lothian & East Edinburgh. Check their website to find out when and where you can next find them

New Leaf Co-op, Edinburgh

Scoop your own tasty wholefoods in Edinburgh, at our friendly worker-run cooperative

Locavore, Glasgow

Social enterprise aiming to connect people with local food. Offers loose foods at their store.

Green Place, Glasgow

Zero Waste Market, Glasgow

Zero Waste Market is currently operating as a market stall in Glasgow with plans to launch an online shop and physical shop in the near future.

Foodstory, Aberdeen

Cafe with a food dispenser section where you can get food refills

The Green Grocer, Inveurie

Offers refills on herbs, spices and oils

Wildcat, Fort William

Opening soon

Sea No Waste, Angus

Society Zero, Glasgow.

Due to launch in August 2018, initially as a stall.

 

Wales

Happy Planet Green Store, Narberth

Plastic free refill store in Narberth, Pembrokeshire

Natural Weigh, Crickhowell

Natural Weigh is a zero Waste shop, offering organic, additive free dried foods free from plastic packaging, as nature intended.

The Little Pantry, Tenby

Cherished Earth Wholefoods, Chepstow

Pwys, Swansea

Sustainibbles Ltd, Bridgend

Coming soon:

Ripple, Cardiff

Not-for-profit refill store coming soon to Cardiff.