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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
But I don’t live in London!
Zero Waste App – 25 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.
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!
- Zero Waste Heroes – set up by the founder of Zero Waste Week, Rachelle Strauss.
- Journey to Zero Waste UK – very active group with lots of help, advice and support from all over the UK.
- Zero Waste Greater London – a more London focused group.
- Going Zero waste – American based but still some useful tips and information.