What are loose foods?
Loose foods are products that are sold unpackaged and you buy them by weight.
Of course lots of shops sell loose foods. Vegetables and meat are easily obtained packaging free, even from supermarkets.
To get them plastic freeyou do have to take and ask that they will use your own plastic free packaging. It can be done.
However unlike America or Australia we don’t have many bulk stores or aisles where you can buy other kinds of food loose. I mean the stuff that that normally comes pre-plastic-packaged like rice, pasta and cocoa.
Which is of course greatly disappointing to the U.K. based plastic free shopper and leads many to despair….
While they are rare, we do have a few! So to save you the stress of cocoa free nights, I have put together a list of stores that sell loose products listed alphabetically by place name.
If you know of others please add them, with as many details as possible, in the comments box below and I will incorperperate them.
Lets go loose food shopping…
While these shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own plastic-free /reusable bags.
A to Z
While these shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own.
Find A Milk Delivery Service With Glass Bottles
Scoop & Save, Weigh & Save ….and lots more related names
The nearest the U.K. has to bulk food buying. As far as I can tell, these shops run as individual unit. They go under a variety of names – Weigh & Save, Scoop & Save, etc. They are extremely idiosyncratic and vary greatly in presentation and range. Some go the whole hog with corporate green and yellow displays with a range of stuff to choose from, others a are little more than a few dusty bins at the back of the shop. You can read more here including a list of shops that have closed.
Sometimes supermarkets can surprise you – check out the plastic-free and reduced packaging products here…
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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You can find a list of all other plastic free products over at the A to Z