Loose, dried pulses are not easy to find.


As befits a hippy supermarket Whole Food Markets do a good range.
Here’s a list of shops that sell loose foods. They may sell beans and most of the Scoop and save shops  do red lentils.

The Greenest Beans

This might be worth looking into;

Feb 17 tweets The British beans I finally picked up from the post office are packaged in paper! Thx

They come from  “Hodmedod is a small but growing independent business, founded in 2012 to source and supply beans and other products from British farms.”

Dried beans and peas from British farms. From 500g to a tonne or more.

PULSE & QUINOA FLOURS Gluten-free fine yellow pea, green pea, fava bean & quinoa flours.

BRITISH QUINOA Grown on the plains of Essex.Deliciously nutty and light.

And from what I have seen on Twitter, some stuff comes in paper bags!

Do check and please let me know.


Buying Plastic Wrapped

But if none of these work for you try to buy products that are wrapped in polythene rather than film  as this is an easily recycled plastic unlike film which is not. More details here.

Internet store Goodness can supply you with a whole load of  beans and other dried stuff in polythene bags. Please note, many  of the companies featured on their website DO sell stuff in film BUT the 3kg bulk buy bags in the Goodness range, (their own range), always come in polythene bags.

At least that has been my experience but you should double check..

Their onward packaging is all recyclable or biodegradable.

Goodness Range ( that I have bought – there are lots more 

  • Kidney Beans
  • Black Eye
  • Lentils Yellow
  • Lentils Green

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