We always recommend shopping local and of course lots of shops sell stuff loose. Vegetables and meat are easily obtained loose and packaging free, even from supermarkets.
But anyone who lives in the U.K. knows how hard it is to buy staple loose, food like flour or cocoa.
Flour of course you can get in a paper bag and so plastic free, but cocoa. Do you know how long it took me to track down some plastic free cocoa? But I did and I got it loose.
To save you the stress of cocoa free nights, I am putting, together a list of stores that sell loose products of the type normally packaged like rice, spices, sugar and so on.
- These shops provide bags – 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
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
- 020 7284 1314
- 30-33 Brecknock Road, N7 0BT
- 9am-6:30pm Mon-Sat; closed Sun
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
http://www.thebigtable.net/ 45 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LH
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
Whole Foods Market
Vicky has this to say about Bon Appetite in Watford “that had loose nuts and dried fruit. Can’t find the original post now but anyway finally remembered to see what it is called – Bon Appetit – on The Parade in Watford. Sells world foods in bulk ( mostly in plastic but large quantities ) , loose fruit and veg, large paper bags of flour, loose nuts, dried fruit and some fresh food counters where you may be able to take own containers ( haven’t tried).”
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 might find more London Stores featured in the comments here
You can find out more about how to shopping plastic free, here
And lots more unpackaged food outlets here.
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