Since the bad news about Twinings tea bag (compostable packaging but tea bag part plastic), I have been drinking loose tea or rather cake tea which we bought in Malaysia, wrapped only in tissue paper. But one tea can never be enough! And Malaysia is rather too far to go for some tea – think of the air miles! So we are putting together a list of loose tea merchants.

You will need to take your own bags

New Boys


The Teapot has  coffee beans and leaf tea from all round the world. Really lovely stall in the food hall. Also makes coffee to drink. See what else the market has to offer, here.


We’re a micro coffee roastery based in Nottingham. We roast all of our coffee in very small batches to order. Our environmental and ethical values guide us in how we run our business. We have a zero waste to landfill policy informs our purchasing decisions and use only 100% recycled and recyclable paper packaging and labels for our coffee. At events when serving hot coffee, we use both ceramic reusable cups and fully compostable takeaway cups.


Coffee Evolution
Coffee beans from the superlative Coffeevolution  our independent coffee shop. The boys there import their own fair trade beans and roast them themselves. I give them my own bag they give me fresh beans

Lancaster tea merchants I promised I would tell you the name of the Lancaster tea merchants where I got loose tea last summer. Also loose coffee. The shop has been there years – I used it back in the early 70s. Lyn Bull x

Nitty Gritty Wholefoods  do loose spices and tea.

Loose tea can also be found on Todmorden Market.

WHole Food Market have branches in London, Cheltenham and Glasgow  Tea & Coffee beans and are happy for you to use your own bag.

CHeck out the stores on the refill food list as they may stock one or the other

Refill Food shops A to Z

Find out if a shop near you sells bulk food loose. This is stuff that that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt. And yes these shops do exist in the U.K. There’s just not many of them.

Heres a list of towns with shops selling loose food.

Bags & Packaging

Shopping plastic free means taking your  OWN PACKAGING. Check out the plastic-free shopping kit here.

Help Me

I will be researching  other plastic- free, loose teas available in the UK . If you know of any please do leave a comment.


How to make plastic-free tea – it’s all in the tea balls

Need a splash of milk – you need to get yourself a milk man who delivers milk in glass bottles (details here)  and possibly a milk jug!

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7 thoughts on “Tea & Coffee Merchants

  1. Have rewritten this comment :
    Whittards in Norwich sell loose tea including loose decaffeinated tea. If you buy a metal tea caddy from them (£5) they will fill it for you (obviously you pay for the tea) and each time you have it refilled they take 50p off the price. 10 visits and you have paid for the tea caddy. The staff are also really nice and were very interested to hear about my attempts to live plastic-free.

  2. WholeFoods on Kensington High Street (London) do loose leaf tea (as well as a range of other teas) and allow you to fill a paper bag with as much, or as little, as you would like.

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