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What are refill stores?
Bulk buy or refill stores are places you can buy food loose.You take as much as you want/need from a larger container and you can usually use your own packaging.
Of course lots of shops, even supermarkets sell some loose foods. Vegetables and meat can be easily found.
However unlike America or Australia for example we don’t have many “bulk” stores or aisles (their name for loose food), where you can buy other kinds of food loose. I mean the stuff that that normally comes pre-plastic-packaged like rice, lentils & pasta.
Which is of course greatly disappointing to the U.K. based plastic free shopper and leads many to despair…. but wait….while they are rare, we do have a few!
I have put together a list of stores that sell loose products listed alphabetically by place name.
While these shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own plastic-free /reusable bags, tubs and bottles.
The weight of the container may make a difference at checkout. Some shops subtract the tare weight but other don’t. The tare weight is the weight of the empty container.
The new leaf co-op that offers a wide variety of stuff package free. Bulk stuff includes washing up liquid ontap, laundry liquid on tap, hair care, loads of spices, flour, müsli, beans & pulss, grains, rice, dred fruit, nuts, seeds, vinega, oil, soy sauce and much more. It’s an incredible place!
They also have a very nice website where you can read all about them and their products. Here is a snippet
“The New Leaf Co-op is collectively owned and managed by the people who work here, and we have chosen to put our principles right at the heart of our business.Our aim is 1simple: To offer affordable, healthy vegetarian wholefoods, with a focus on organic, locally sourced and fairtrade products, with as little packaging as possible. We carry more than 150 different lines of food and household products for customers to scoop and refill themselves, and our range is ever growing!”
To be truly plastic free, you may have to set up a still in the back garden! Unless you can get to one of these liquid delis.
32 Victoria Street
0131 225 4090
Check out Scottish blogger Westywrites for Scottish based plastic freeness
in Hampshire – Pantry Weigh. Thanks to Emma for this info “There’s a small shop called Pantry Weigh in Emsworth in Hampshire https://www.yell.com/biz/pantry-weigh-emsworth-763392/
Find A Milk Delivery Service With Glass Bottles
Other Refill Stores
Please add any shops you know of in the comments below and I will incorporate them into the post.
Links to reviews particularly welcome.
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