Our friends at Pebble magazine estimated a fifth of your shopping bill is actually spent on packaging alone. So we thought we’d round up 10 of our favourites from across the UK.
With climate change climbing the political agenda, an increasing number of zero waste shops and supermarkets have started popping up in the last couple of years across the county! These shops allow you to bring your own tubs, jars and bags and buy everything from fruit and veg, to spices and grains package free.
1. Ripple Living, Cardiff
I remember watching Sophie Rae, founder of Ripple’s crowdfunder campaign a year ago with baited breath, the support from local businesses and makers all donating prizes and rewards was incredible to see! A year on and what Sophie has built is amazing! Ripple is Cardiff’s first not-for-profit zero waste store and stocks everything from nut butters and refillable bulk foods to ethical dungarees from our friends at Lucy & Yak. You can visit Ripple at 102 Albany Rd, CF24 3RT or check out their website here.
2. Hetu, London
Hetu’s slogan is planet and purpose before profit. Everything they stock is vegan, cruelty and palm oil free and most importantly package free! You can find Hetu at 201 St John's Hill, SW11 1TH.
3. Un_rap, Falmouth
Un-rap is Falmouth’s first plastic free shop supplying organic, bulk-buy wholefoods as well as sustainable lifestyle products. Started by local resident Hannah after she walked 500 miles for surfers against sewers to raise awareness about plastic pollution and became inspire to help others do something about it.
You can find Un-Rap at Webber Hill, TR11 2BU.
4. The Clean Kilo, Birmingham
Clean Kilo is currently the biggest zero waste shop in the UK, with the exciting announcement that they are about to open their second shop in Birmingham in Bournville. At CK you can take your own containers, purchase some in store or use those customers have brought in as spare, and fill them up with anything from loose leaf tea to washing up liquid or any type of pasta you can imagine! You can find their city centre store at 1 Gibb St, B9 4BF or visit their online store here.
5. The Refillery, Edinburgh
Refillery are a plastic free grocery and ethical goods store. On their website you can see how many pieces of plastic have been saved by their customers so far!
You can find the Refillery at 39 Newington Rd, EH9 1QW.
6. Hisbe food, Brighton
Hisbe is a social enterprise store that has been helping Brighton shop plastic free since 2013! We love their manifesto to help locals become supermarket rebels, buck convention and make ‘good food normal, affordable accessible, soured locally, seasonally and ethically’. You can check out Hisbe at 20-21 York Pl, BN1 4GU and we fully recommend checking our their full manifesto and vision on their website.
7. Plentiful, Manchester
Plentiful’s mission is to make plastic free living a reality, not just for a few eco warriors - but for anyone and prevent over 1 million pieces of plastic per year from being bought unnecessarily. You can find Plentiful at 8 Silver St, BL0 9BJ and also shop from them online!
8. Ecotopia, Leeds
EcoTopia is taking the plastic out of grocery shopping with its new zero waste, weigh-and-pay shop in Leeds Central Arcade. Started by friends Samanth and Michelle after viral social media posts showed them the extent of the global plastic problem and inspired them to make it easier to shop plastic free. They stock all your zero waste essentials and conscious living items and even offer a CO2 neutral delivery service! You can check out Ecotopia’s store in Unit 8, Central Arcade, LS1 6DX.
9. Unwrapped, Sheffield
Unwrapped was started and is run by two friends Becky and Kirsty and is inspired by their mutual love of nature and all things eco! They specifically focus on accessibility and catering to a wide range of budgets. You can fill up on all your loose bulk goods as well as purchasing other items aimed at helping you live more sustainably! Visit Unwrapped at 152-154 Crookes, S10 1UH.
10. Nada, Leicester
A perfect spot full of plastic free staples! Nada sources their stock as much as possible from local sources to reduce long haul emissions and they also offer click and collect! Check out Nada at 5 St. Martin’s walk, LE1 5DG.
Have we missed out your local favourite?
Tweet us @knowtheorigin and let us know who else should be on this list, or drop us a DM on Instagram! For a comprehensive list of zero waste stores across the UK check out this article here from our friends at Pebble Magazine.