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. Just finished a successful crowd funder for a permanent bigger space, with over 500 product lines and a community compost scheme. New store will be near Mare Street, Hackney, hopefully opening in October 2018.

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; Bohemia Place, Hackney (opening October 2018)

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 🙂

Wild Goose Bakery – dry baking goods, seeds, nuts, chocolate, local honey and bakery items. The website will soon be listing the items in stock.

654 High Road, Leytonstone, London, E11 3AA

Open; Mon-Fri 8-6, Sat-Sun 9-6

A great selection at Wild Goose with more to come

Ted’s Veg – pasta, rice, beans, lentils, other dry goods, eggs, fruit, vegetables and milk in glass returnable bottles.

7 West Park Walk, Stratford, E20 1DH

Open; Mon-Fri 11-8, Sat 9-6, Sun 9-7

The offerings among the fruit and veg


NEW Get Loose @ Hackney City Farm – 100% organic pastas, grains, pulses, cereals, milk and alternative Mylks (in refillable/returnable glass bottles), nuts, cheeses (in compostable wrapping), chocolates, dried fruits and lots more.

The shop is a social enterprise and growing its produce selection week on week.

Hackney City farm (just inside the gates on the right), 1a Goldsmiths Row, E2 8QA

Open; Wed 17:30 – 20:00, Thurs 16:30 – 19:30, Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat & Sun 10:00 – 16:30



Just some of the items at Get Loose’s lovely up-cycled shop.



The Source Bulk Foods UK – kitchen cupboard staples like rice, lentils, flours, also have cooking liquids, superfoods, nuts, dried fruit, muesli, granola, chocolate, savoury snacks and cleaning and personal care products.

24 Turnham Green Terrace, W41QP

Open 9:00 -19:00 Mon to Fri and 9:00 – 17:00 Sat to Sun.

London’s newest packaging free store, The Source Bulk Foods. Image from their FB page.


Unpackaged @Planet Organic – Self service refill concession inside a larger supermarket. Bulk items include; cereals, chocolate, dried fruit, grains, pasta, nuts, pulses, rice & seeds. Check out the full product list and prices for this store.

42 Westbourne Grove London, W2 5SH

Open Monday – Saturday  07.30 – 21.00 and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00

One of two new Unpackaged concessions. Image from Unpackaged FB page.

NEW Refill Larder – pop up store inside Gardenia Florists 122 High Street Teddington TW11. Until at least December 2018 but hopefully longer if used!

“We wanted to work with our community to help cut down the plastic that is used constantly”. Christina & Kate, Founders.

Dry goods; lentils, rice, pasta, dried fruit, seeds, nuts, cereals. Bathroom and cleaning products in bulk. Also carefully sourced plastic free lifestyle products, such as water bottles, bamboo toothbrushes, soap, lunch boxes, bees wrap.

Open; Tues – Sun 10:00 – 17:00 late night opening on Thursdays until 20:00.

A wall of choice at Refill Larder


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.

NEW BYO – lifestyle products, chocolate, cereals, detergent, grains, dried fruit, nuts, oil, vingar, seeds, pulses, pasta, sugar, spices and toiletries.

Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High St, Tooting, SW17 0SN

Open; Tues – Thurs 11:00-19:00, Fri & Sat 11:00-17:00, Sun 11:00-16:00

More details soon.


NEW Mission: Green

182 Hither Green Lane

Open Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10:00 – 19:30 Wed 13:00 – 18:00 Sun 11:00 -16:00

More details soon.



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

NEW Harmless Store – possibly the smallest shop of it’s kind in the UK. Selling vegan plastic free household basics including food, cleaning and personal care.

“The name harmless comes from ‘harming less’ in everything; animals, plastic, pollution, human rights (through our food consumption) palm oil, deforestation, climate change. Just everything.” Tami Jarvis Founder 

Blue House Yard, 5 River Park Rd, Wood Green, London N22 7TB (Studio 7 – The little yellow house)

Open; Tuesday – Friday 10:30 -19:30, Sat & Sun 11:00 -17:00, closed Mondays.

Making use of all the space!! Look forward to visiting in person.


Unpackaged @Planet Organic – self service refill concession inside a larger supermarket. Bulk items include; cereals, chocolate, dried fruit, pasta, grains, nuts, pulses, rice & seeds. Check out the full product list and prices for this store.

22 Torrington Place London, WC1E 7HJ

Open; Monday-Friday 07.30 – 21.00, Saturday 08.00 – 20.00 and Sunday 12.00 – 18.00

New Unpackaged concession at Torrington Place. Image from Unpackaged FB page.


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 & Android platforms

The overview of a city you see prior to purchase


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

The Zero Waste Map – shows locations all over the UK and you can add your favourite places yourself.

The Beeswax Wrap Company – are crowdsourcing a map of bulk UK shops and you can suggest any that are missing.

Facebook Groups – just a small selection!

This post has been linked to “A Green & Rosie Life” #GoingGreenLinky



4 thoughts on “Where to food shop with less packaging

  1. A hello from the #GoingGreenLinky!

    It’s great to see so many packaging-free places to shop! I also know the struggle of not being able to find zero waste shopping options, so lets hope places like this start to spread across the UK fast.

  2. I wish I lived in London, its brilliant to see so many zero waste shops opening up, I hope the trend spreads and Yorkshire sees some opening up soon! The online shops look fab too, I can’t wait to try them out soon, I have been looking to buy zero-waste option to make the children’s hot chocolates on an evening, I am just hoping I can make with cocoa powder and they like it!

  3. Yay – not only are there more zero waste shops opening but there are apps to help you find them. Even my local supermarket has a small selection of free flow products now. My only other local zero waste option (besides growing my own!) is an organic shop that has a good selection of free flow products. BUT – and these points really annoy me – the larger bags they supply for customers to use have a plastic strip on them and they also sell A LOT of products that are excessively over-wrapped in plastic. In my view if it is overly plastic wrapped it cannot truly be said to be organic. Grumble grumble.
    Thanks for adding this post to #GoingGreen. The next linky opens on Easter Monday so hope to see you there. Happy Easter!

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