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.
These are common in America and Australia, far less so in the U.K. But we do have some.
I have put together a list of stores that sell loose products, listed alphabetically by the location / 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.
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.
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Find refill stores in Barmouth Bath Brighton Bridlington Brixam Bristol What Are Refill Stores? Bulk buy or refill stores are places you can buy food loose.You take as much as you ...Read More
Kingsmouth Devon Free local delivery – spend £7.50 and we will deliver free – within a 7-mile radius of Kingsbridge. Great for bulk buys. Good review here. Reapers @ReapersTiverton 18 Bampton Street, Tiverton, ...Read More
is for refill Stores in Edinburgh Emsworth 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 ...Read More
Pain Au Chocolat - home bake Pain Au Raisen - Home Bake Yorkshire Puds Fruits of the forest and other soft fruits Roast veg - peppers to potatoes Uncooked Vegetables ...Read More
Whole Foods Market are my idea of supermarket heaven. If there have to be supermarkets, then let them be like this. 124-134 Fenwick Road Glasgow G46 6XN 0141 621 2700 ...Read More
A surprise discovery on a day trip to Horsham! Town & Country Weigh is at 7 East Street, Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1HH. It has bulk food bins for rice (long grain, ...Read More
I try not to be bitter I really do but sometimes I think the yanks have it easy with their bulk buy shops. Sounds like you can buy just about ...Read More
Queensgate Market is a covered indoor market in the center of Huddersfield. It is home to over one hundred shops open six days a week. Bus Stop • Town Centre ...Read More
Liverpool Lincoln London 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 ...Read More
Village Green Co-op Prestwich Village Greens is a Community co-operative grocery in Prestwich with fresh, local, organic, affordable produce . For the plastic free amongst us it has some loose, self-service ...Read More
Vegetable oil is difficult to source plastic free. Buy in glass and the metal caps will have a little plasticized disc or plastic liner on inside and maybe a plastic seal ...Read More
Welcome to SESI We are Oxford's longest serving refill station of food products and household detergents. SESI has its own range of laundry and household detergents which create no packaging waste from ...Read More
15B Causewayhead Penzance Cornwall TR18 2SN One of the incredibly eccentric loose food outlets that can occasionally be found huddled under the idiosyncratic Weigh and Save umbrella. You can read ...Read More
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 ...Read More
The Market Local markets are a great place to find plastic free food and I love Todmorden Market. There is an indoor covered hall and outdoor stalls. You can get ...Read More
Long time ago when I was young we used to visit the Weigh & Save shop in the precinct down the road. In it were a number of big bins ...Read More
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 ...Read More
Seems like a trip to York is in order... and not just because the Minster is lovely. Ruth tells me of Alligatorwholefoods.com in York. They have bulk bins of Rice, museli base, ...Read More
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.
Whole Food Market – if we have to have supermarkets let them be like this. They have loose food aisle and you can take your own containers which they will tare for you. They don’t have many branches in the U.K. yet but if there is one near you your problems are solved. Reviews here.
Other Supermarkets & Chainstores
Sometimes supermarkets can surprise you – check out the plastic-free and reduced packaging products here.
While these shops provide bags and they are almost always plastic ones. You will need to take your own.
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Bulk Buy In Polythene
Ok some things you can’t find plastic free and can’t give up. So which plastic packaging has the least impact? The best advice here is avoid the fancy graphics and shiny films and go for the simple, easily recyclable polythene. Find suppliers here
Please add any shops you know of in the comments below and I will incorporate them into the post.
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