Where to food shop with less packaging

Following on from my last post “how to food shop with less packaging”, here are a range of options;

Where can you shop in London packaging free?

A few of the capitals offerings to wet your appetite.



Bulk Market – was a pop up social enterprise in Hackney stocking 300 bulk products. Now crowd funding for a permanent bigger space, with over 500 product lines and a community compost scheme. Please help them if you can for great discounts in return.

This idea came from my own needs. I wanted to support the right businesses and be able to shop without creating any waste” – CEO & Founder Ingrid Caldironi

Location TBA

Bulk Market’s temporary pop up store in Hackney (closed in December for the move).

E5 Bakehouse  – sells loose; seasonal vegetables, organic seeds, grains, nuts, olive oil, salt, sugar, coffee, butter in paper, and the most amazing sourdough bread.

We use all of the ingredients available in the dispensers for our café, cakes, pastries & breads.  Rather than storing all of these out of sight, it made sense for us to utilise the space available in the shop area for storage and by doing so, to give customers a chance to buy them for themselves”. Founder Ben Mackinnon  

Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London Fields, E8 3PH

Open; 9am to 5pm 7 days a week

E5 Bakehouse’s great use of space. The LGD local 🙂


The Store Cupboard @ Crystal Palace Food Market – Loose organic whole foods, spices, herbs and teas – sold by weight, at affordable prices.

“Now a co-op owned by the Market. Selling organic and loose because we believe that individual wellbeing, and the health of our planet, go hand in hand.” – Anna Store Cupboard crew

Bottom of Haynes Lane/Top of Bedwardine Road, Upper Norwood, SE19 3AP

Open; Saturday 10-3 (Market Day). Hopefully more days soon.

Cute market space, looking forward to seeing it for myself next time I am “down south”.


Hetu – pop up vegan zero waste store near Clapham Junction offering whole foods, meat alternatives, and sustainable reusable items without unnecessary packaging.

Founder Laura says “our aim is to be a one stop shop for people who care about their health, the planet and all those that inhabit it”.

201 St Johns Hill, London SW11 1TH

Open; Tuesday – Thursday 11:00 – 19:00, Friday – Sunday 11:00 – 17:00, Closed Mondays.

Inside Hetu, image from the Hetu Facebook page but I can’t wait to see it for myself!

Naked Larder –  food buying group in South London, but you don’t have to live in the area to use the service. A range of dry goods and eco friendly cleaning products. The members then collect their orders using their own reusable containers. This is not a shop but a collection point, you have to have ordered in advance.

‘I started Naked Larder because I feel our current shopping practices are not sustainable and are drowning our planet in plastic waste. Naked Larder was born to offer dry goods and eco-cleaning products to people plastic free and cost effectively, as I have found it is these items that can still be hardest to source plastic free.’ – Phili Denning Founder.

Herne Hill, near the station.

Orders have to be made by a monthly deadline, then collection is on a prescribed week day evening and weekend daytime. See website for details.

Just a few of the products at Naked Larder’s collection point.



Unpackaged @Planet Organic – self service refill concession inside a larger supermarket. Bulk items include; cereals, chocolate, dried fruit, Ecover, grains, nuts, pulses, rice & seeds.

“Having operated as an independent store, Unpackaged is now focused on partnerships with larger retailers as we fulfill our mission of bringing zero waste to mainstream audience” Catherine Conway, Founder.

111/117 Muswell Hill Road, Muswell Hill N10 3HS

Open; Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – 9.00pm, Sunday: 09.00am – 9.00pm

A huge range of items at Unpackaged @ Planet Organic


Reyouzable – Delivers a wide range of dried goods in reusable glass containers, or provide your own.

“I decided to start Reyouzable because I didn’t live near a package-free shop, and I thought lots of other people wouldn’t either” – founder Gavin Prentice

See website for delivery postcodes, or collect from a local Food Assembly.

You can even have your zero waste shopping delivered!

Zero Waste Club – online shopping service for toiletries, pulses, beans, pasta, coffee, sugar. Items are delivered by Royal Mail in paper / cardboard parcels. Also a directory of where to buy common bulk foods around London.

Pawan & Rishi started the Zero Waste Club because “We couldn’t sit and watch the world burn”.

As well as online Zero Waste club sell items at vegan markets

But I don’t live in London!

Zero Waste App25 cities including London (free with in app purchase of 99p)

Lists shops that are fully packaging free, or have some loose items. Also ethical restaurants, menders, second hand clothing shops and many more. Users can add their own favourite places easily.

“We’re aiming to be the ‘Lonely Planet’ for Zero Waste Friendly Locations” – Inge Echterholter app creator.

iTunes only at the moment, but Android to follow.

The overview of a city you see prior to purchase


ZeeMap – this crowd sources map lists shops all over the UK with some, or all, packaging free items.

The Zero Waster blog – lists shops with some packaging free options by county and city.

Facebook Groups – just a small selection!



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