And let me say right now I don’t like supermarkets. They are killing off the local shops and take money out of the community. But for many people they are the only option. So how to make your experience as ethical as possible?

In this post you can read about
Plasticfree finds by shop
Which Chain Should I Choose?
Eating Plastic Free From Supermarkets

But before you enter those hellish portals please do consider shopping at your local shops. Reasons why here.

Plastic Free Finds

Sometimes supermarkets can surprise you – check out the plastic-free and reduced packaging products here.
N.B. YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN PACKAGING. Check out the plastic-free shopping kit here.

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T.K. Max

A write up here from Liz Hodge.

If you have a review of a supermarket leave the link in the comments below.

All The Others

All supermarkets list of  packaging less products from Louises Bayfield and her  “POSTIVE PRODUCTS LIST (UK) a list of High Street and Supermar-ket products that have no packaging or in some way help reduce packaging.

Do remember not all stores stock all products. It might be wise to check ahead if you are making a special visit. The original PDF will be updated as  Louise shops around so do check back there for updates. 

Once again thank you  Louise for such a fantastic resource!


If you have a review of a supermarket please send us a link and we will add it. Leave the link in the comments below.

N.B. YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN PACKAGING. Check out the plastic-free shopping kit here.

Which Chain Should I Choose?

Here are some suggestions to make chainstore shopping more ethical:

The Co-op in the UK is owned by it’s members. That’s you. So do use that whenever possible. Sadly they are bad for packaging. Write and tell them.
Waitrose is owned by staff in the John Lewis Partnership and has some kind of deal with the workers whereby they share some of the profits. They do some excellent plastic free buns and bread and is one of the few places you can still get butter in paper.
Buy British – you might want to choose a mostly British owned company to shop with.
Morrison plc are listed on the London stock exchange. Whilst the majority of investors are British or British companies or pension funds, these investments can be held by anyone around the world.

Whole food Market a case study in how supermarkets could massively reduce packaging waste if that chose to. An innovative company that challenge the norm. Read it here. Sadly just been bought by Amazon which may put you off.

Eating Plastic Free From Supermarkets

It is possible to eat zerowaste and buy only from supermarkets.
Case Study

Case Study

Is it possible to eat plastic free buying only from supermarkets?

Eating Plastic Free Food 

Plastic free food is food that is unwrapped  but for me it also includes

From Supermarkets!

Now many people think you cannot be plastic free and shop from supermarkets. I agree it is not easy

And let me say right now I don’t like supermarkets. They are killing off the local shops and take money out of the community. But for many people they are the only option. Because they have killed off local shops. Vicious circle. But this is about plastic-free food NOT supermarket politics so I am going to prove that you can eat plasticless and shop at supermarkets.

How to do it…

If prepared to eat seasonally, traditionally (think meat and two veg with spuds), and cook from scratch, supermarkets if they are big enough to have meat and fish counters can supply you with a fair variety of food. If you are depending on Tesco Express you are going to go hungry.

Bring Your Own Bags

You will also need to take your own packaging. Check out the plastic-free shopping kit here.

Ingredients for a week

I got an a big sack of unpackaged fruit & veg from Tesco,

It included leeks, potatoes, onions, carrots, broccoli, courgettes, peppers. apples, a melon, mushrooms and bananas.

Apart from the peppers (Holland), and Melon (Spain), and bananas (forgot to look), it was all grown in the U.K.

I got loose ginger and garlic from Tesco. The chiles I bought a while ago from the Asian shop but I have seen them loose in Morrisons.

Eggs & oats in a cardboard box.

Back to Tesco’s for lard in paper. Sainsbury’s and the Co-op do butter in paper.

Meat and fish can be bought unpackaged from the counters but I ask that they use our own compostable biobags.

The brown rice I bought loose from Wholefood market sometime ago. White rice can be bought in a box from Lidles.

We also get some cheddar cheese from Tesco. It was cut off the (plastic – wrapped) block but wrapped in our own packaging. The plastic is not in our bin. You can read up on how we feel about this, here.

You can get bread rolls loose from Tesco but I don’t like them much, the co-ops are much better. Lidles and Waitrose do loose loaves of bread. Almost everywhere does croissants. I also used my bread machine and plastic wrapped dried yeast.

More information on all of the above can be found here…

Non Supermarket Beverages

Drinks were

Tea you can buy loose PG Tips from supermarkets but I had loads in anyway.
Coffee which you can’t get plastic free at the supermarket. I get mine from Coffeevolution
Milk was from the milkman. Read on…

Fizzy drinks were carbonated water made with the sodastream mixed with homemade ginger and lemon syrup.Read on…

Meals For the Week

Porridge with bananas

Toast and butter
Croissants and fruit
Omelette and other forms of egg



  • Butties from the shop
  • Butties made at home
  • Veg soup – anything that is looking a bit sad and needs eating up thickened with potatoes. I would prefer to use lentils but I cannot get them .


Day One Stir Fry left over steak from Sunday, lots of veg in a spicy tomato sauce served with rice.

Day Two Roast chicken and veg with home made gravy from chicken juices and flour. Wine (plastic lined screw top), was added.

Day Three a rich and meaty stew made with stewing steak served with boiled potatoes. Meat and veg were from Tesco’s.

Day Four Bangers and mash made with Tesco’s chippolata sausages – the only ones they had loose.

Day Five Mushrooms and peppers were added to the left over day three stew to make a rich goulash that was served with rice.

Day Six Bacon ribs from Stockport Market – yes I know its not a supermarket but I felt so sorry for them. Stockport Market used to be huge spreading across the square and down the side streets. Now there are hardly any stalls outside. The indoor market was open for business but there were not many shoppers. I bought some meat, veg and loose sweets. Such a shame.

Day Seven pork from Tesco’s used in a stir fry made with coconut powder that is not plastic free. It comes in a plastic sachet. BUT I made my own noodles. First time ever. So easy!

You can see photos over on Facebook
More info

The Plastic Free Cookbook

A discussion of supermarkets here

Which Shop

Use your local shops Reasons why here.

Buy British and cut those air miles. Some ideas HERE

Food Here is a list of food types category with purchase details

Loose Food
Find out if a shop near you sells bulk food loose. This is stuff that that normally comes plastic packaged. A list of towns with shops selling loose food.

Delivered in glass bottles but double check before you order



Trying to go plastic-free – try the plastic is rubbish support group. Follow the Facebook link.

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