Loose Foods?

Anyone who lives in the U.K.  knows how hard it is to buy staple food like rice, pasta or cocoa loose and unpackaged. Do you know how long it took me to track down some plastic free cocoa? But I did.

To save you the stress of cocoa free nights,  I am putting, together a list of stores that sell loose products (of the type that normally come packaged), that allow you to use your own (plastic free), packaging to take it home in.
Just to reiterate… these shops do provide bags – plastic ones. You will need to take your own plastic-free /reusable bags & packaging. Find out where to get them, here.

Help Me

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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Earth Natural Foods,
200 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2AE
Open 8.30am – 7pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays. Great review on Refuge For Daffodils

And another from Laurie Pym
I went to Earth Natural Foods on Tuesday. Bought some loose herbs and will be headed back there to get coffee & more soon! Still no taring, and it was quite difficult to use my own containers as I hadn’t read the A Refuge for Daffodils review in advance. Foolish me brought heavier containers. However, I used the available kraft paper bags, which I labelled with the seed and /kg price (as they request). Once bought, I put all bags in a Kilner jar to keep them fresh. When I got home I gently opened the bags, which I will reuse when we need more herbs. smile emoticon It is a lovely, LOVELY shop, which I will continue to patronise!

Bumblebee Natural Foods

To see what loose foods they do read this great review by Kake of Croydon

Food For All

A blog worth keeping an eye on this month is Junk Free January as they try to live without packaging for a month. I am sure lots of useful info will be sourced. Already another loose fill shop has been found. The following is taken from the blog….

“The hero of the day was Food for All, on Cazenove Road next to Stoke Newington railway station. The last shop on my search, I was pretty glum by the time I got here, but cheered up right away. This small independent shop has a friendly atmosphere, good ethics, good prices, and a huge range of loose goods – all the herbs, spices and teas you can think of and more, meusli, different kinds of rice, lentils, etc. ”

The Big Table 45 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LH

Mother Earth
282 St Pauls Rd / 5 Albion Parade / 101 Newington Green Rd
London, United Kingdom

Planet Organic Muswell Hill

111/117 Muswell Hill Road, Muswell Hill
N10 3HS

Whole Foods Market  


Whole Food Market – if we have to have supermarkets let them be like this….



I just wanted to share with anyone else living in London (especially others in S / W London) that there are two sweet stalls/shops in Tooting Market- Get Juiced! (That sell vegan drinks, food and bulk products – they are also likely to go zero waste soon!) And Nuff Cosmetics that sells bulk cocoa butter , shea butter, natural unpackaged soaps etcetc. Really refreshing to find these two in this area!

Croydon – great write up by Kake who gives this shop a very good press


You can find more loose food outlets here

These shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own plastic-free /reusable bags.

You can find a list of all plastic free products over at the A to Z

8 thoughts on “London & Environs Loose Foods

  1. I run a small outlet in Crystal Palace, The Store Cupboard, selling a wide range of unpackaged organic wholefoods, herbs & spices plus olive oil, vinegar and eco cleaning product refills. Our aim is to encourage customers to shop more sustainably by reducing food waste and plastic packaging and to make it easier for them to do so.We encourage customers to bring their own containers and we supply recycled paper bags and some small cornstarch bags from Vegware for spices. Customers can buy exactly the amount they want and we give a small discount for every container they bring with them. We will shortly be introducing reusable cloth bags.
    We are part of the wonderful Crystal Palace Food Market that runs every Saturday and we now open on a Friday as well.
    I’ve just found your site which looks really interesting. I’ll be telling customers about you and it would be great if you could include us in your plastic free shopping guide.
    We don’t currently have a website, just a facebook page and twitter account.

  2. HI, I have some loose food shops to add to your London List:
    – Brixton Whole Foods Great for loose herbs and spices (they also sell organic fruit and veg loose)

    – Veg Hut on Hoe Street in Walthamstow – you can get loose organic rice, lentils, pasta, flours, oats etc as well as Ecover refils and a toilet cleaner refil as well as loose organic fruit and veg
    – SEcond Nature on Wood Street in Walthamstow – you can get refils of Ecover products, refils of Faith In Nature shampoo and conditioner and unpackaged soap as well as loose organic fruit and veg

  3. Millhouse Shop (E5 Bakehouse) – Arch 395, Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
    Right next to London Fields station

    The E5 Bakehouse Team have set up a shop next-door with a number of loose items;
    Butter in paper
    Caster Sugar
    Chick peas
    Jumbo oats
    Pear Barley
    Poppy seeds
    Pumpkin seeds
    Sunflower seeds
    Unblanched almonds
    Whole Hazelnuts

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