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L is for …

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 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.

Liverpool

Many thanks to Vicky for this….”I have been trying to reduce my plastic use, and struggling to find places local to where I live, on the Wirral. I have managed to find a weigh & save shop in Wallasey, it goes by the name Cake Creations, 216 Liscard Rd, Wallasey CH44 5TN
It would be great if you could list this on your site as I really struggled to find it. The lady is lovely and weighs my own jars first, notes the weight then lets me fill them and weighs again. They have a range of cereals, lentils, nuts, dried fruit, sugars, spices, there really is quite a lot. “
This is a “weigh & save shop” – you can read more about them here.

Lincoln

Gaia Wholefoods in Lincoln
Central Market
Lincoln, Lincolnshire

07891 370197
Nicola, the proprietor sells whole food that she bags up but is willing to weigh out into your own containers if you give her enough notice.
Thanks to Not Quite A Vegan for that

London

London & Environs Loose Foods

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You can find out  how to shop plastic free, here 
Other loose food outlets here.
More plastic free products over at the A to Z

Help Me

Please add any shops you know of in the comments below and I will incorporate them into the post.
Links to reviews and blogs particularly welcome. Don’t have a blog? Love guest posts…

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G is for Refill Stores In Glasgow

Find refill stores in
Glasgow

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 larger container and you can usually use your own packaging.

Packaging

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.

Tare

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.

Glasgow

Many thanks to Lord Cut Grass for this

Locavore in Glasgow is another one for your list. Grows and sells its own locally grown vegetables and can buy grains, rice, pasta, etc in your own container. 66 Nithsdale Road, Glasgow, G41 2AN http://glasgowlocavore.org/

Harvest Co-op is another place in Glasgow where you can bring your own containers to buy in bulk. 1143 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, G41 3YH http://www.harvestco-op.com/

Whole foods

And there is always the Glasgow branch of Wholefoods.
124-134 Fenwick Rd, Giffnock, Glasgow G46 6XN, UK
Do I sound excited? By a supermarket? Well yes I am. And the reason? This supermarket sells food loose and unpacked. I don’t just mean meat or vegetables (though that too) but nuts, spices and other dried commodities. The kind of stuff that usually comes swathed in plastic! They do a good range of rice, dried beans and pulses and more unusual stuff like blue popcorn, dried cherries and unroasted peanuts.

Read more here
See our Facebook Album here

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Find other loose food stores here

Find A Milk Delivery Service With Glass Bottles Here 

Supermarkets

Sometimes supermarkets can surprise you – check out the plastic-free and reduced packaging products 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.
Dont have a blog? Love guest posts…

You can find a list of all other plastic free products over at the A to Z
You can find other loose food outlets here …

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Supermarkets – All stores product list

Have to shop in supermarkets? If so you might despair of living a plastic free life. After all supermarkets are super keen on packaging.

Hooray then for Louise 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.”

Shopping Tips

If you want to buy loose, you will need to take your own reusable packaging – produce bags, tupperware even compostable disposables. You can find them here.
The plastic free freak should remember that
metal lids to glass jars are of course plastic lined .
Tin and cans including those for cosmetics are also plastic lined
Paper and foil wraps will be plastic lined.

Choose Well
If you really can’t do without it and you have a choice a plastic wrapped products, choose to buy the one in simple plastics that can easily be recycled

Many of these stores I have never been in. Others of course I often use. I have linked my reviews here
Lidles
Morrisons
Wilcos
Tescos 
Whole Food Market – if we have to have supermarkets let them be like this….

How To Do It
Eating for a week, plastic-free, only from supermarkets  – a case study.
Supermarkets feedback planning the supermarket of the future

Other places to buy unpackaged food are listed here.

The List

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!

Widely Available At Most Supermarkets

Bread Mixes – Paper
Ecover Laundry Powder – Cardboard, no scoop
Fruit and Vegetables – Bulk, take your own bags
Instore Butcher, Deli, Fish Counters and Bakery- Bulk, take bags and containers
Flour, Sugar, Eggs and Oats – Almost always available in paper or card
Frozen Produce in Cardboard – Linda McCartney, Fish (MSC), Potato Waffles Shake box to check there’s no plastic inside
Pasta and Rice in 3KG-10kg bags – Choose plastic (not film), reuse or recycle at Sainsbury’s. See some notes about which plastic is best, here.
Soap Bars – Paper or cardboard
Twinings Tea bags in biodegradable plastic (but the teabags contain plastic)

Aldi

Ale and Cider, excellent value selection of British brewed drinks in glass
Cake and bread mix – Paper
Oats – Paper
Rapeseed Oil, British, cold-pressed – Glass, foil and metal cap

ASDA

Cake Mix, Wright’s – Paper

Coconut Oil – Glass and metal

Cornflour, Brown and Polson – Cardboard, I believe this may be bagless inside

Coffee, instant, extra large sizes – Various packaging

Double Edge Razor Blades 10’s – Cardboard and small plastic cover

Ecover Washing Powder – Cardboard, no scoop

Fruit and Vegetables – Currently the largest selection of loose produce

Fish Fingers, Birds Eye 30 MSC – Big pack to save on packaging – Cardboard

Gram Flour – Paper

Laundry Stain Removal Soap Bar – Cardboard

Oats – Several Brands – Cardboard

Pasta, Fusilli 3kg – Plastic, recycle at Sainsbury’s

Pizza bar – Larger stores – Has anyone tried to buy one of these unwrapped yet?

Rice, Various 4 – 10kg bags, biggest selection – Various packaging

Spices, fresh garlic, ginger and chili – Bulk

Washing-up Eco Liquid, ASDA Own Brand 1litre – Plastic but larger than most, great value

World Foods – Always a few unexpected surprises in this department, please let me know what you find.

Boots

BecoThings Potty and Step stool, reusable – Biodegradable and cardboard packaging

Boltanics Toiletry Range – Organic, midrange – Some items in glass with plastic tops

Bath Salts – Cardboard

Burt’s Bees – Some products in Glass with metal lids and tins

Double Edge Razor Blades 10’s– Cardboard and small plastic cover

Essential Oils – Glass – Various tops

Lip Tins – Metal

Mooncup – Cardboard

Nivea Creme – Tin

Naty by Nature Nappies – Biodegradable

Origins Toiletry Range, plant based and free from lots of nasties – A few glass items – Pricey

Reusable nappies and supplies

Wooden Handled Brushes with FSC mark, Boltanics and Ecotool range for Make-up and hair – Packaging unknown

Co-op

Bread and Cake mixes – Paper – Really good selection in some larger stores

Costco / Cash and Carry

Save on waste buy buying big packs – Business Customers only

Homesence

Castile Soap, Larger bottles – Packaging varies but mostly plastic

Shampoo/conditioner/shower gel/ Bath – Very large bottles, sometimes organic and glass packaging

Soap Bars, sometimes organic- Beautifully wrapped in paper/card – Good gifts

Candles – Often votives in glass or metal tins with no packaging or cardboard box

Glassware – Recycled water glasses and sometimes goblets, No packaging other than a small sticker to base.

Many home items are unpackaged other than a price sticker. Some items are surplus. A good place to look for

Zero Waste Kitchenalia – Glass Jars, Stainless Steel Water Bottles, Insulated Travel Mugs, Tea strainers/Infusers,

Reusable Silicone Bakeware, Wooden Brushes, Scrubbers, Coffee presses, Wooden Boards, Wooden Bowls etc…

Some will be in cardboard or unpackaged with sticker.

Iceland

Has anyone ever ventured in?

Ikea

Crisp breads – Paper

Kilner style Jars – Good value – Paper and sticker

Loose sweets pick & mix stall with paper bags

Lidles See full review here

Butter – Paper

Bread, loaves and rolls – Bulk from Bakery – Very good selection

Breadcrumbs – Cardboard – Can anyone confirm there is no bag inside?

Bread Mixes, various larger bags – Paper

Cake Mixes, various – Paper – Seasonal item not always in stock

Cornflour – Cardboard – Can anyone confirm that there is no bag inside?

Doughnuts – Bulk from Bakery

Feta – Glass Jar

Fish Fingers and battered fish, MSC – Cardboard

Fruit and Vegetables – Reasonable selection of loose produce

Nuts, salted cashews, pistachios – Bulk bins – Take very light weight bags as no tare

Oats – Paper – Excellent value

Pastries, Croissants, Pain Au Choc and various Danishes – Bulk from Bakery

Pizza Slices – Bulk from Bakery

Rice, white – Cardboard

Salt – Cardboard

Washing powder, non-bio – Cardboard – No plastic scoop

Lush

Bath bombs and fizzers – Bulk

Hair dye blocks, Henna/Indigo – Several shades – Bulk

Toothie Tabs – Cardboard

Soap – Bulk

Shampoo and Conditioner bars – Bulk

Most other products are in recyclable pots – return to store for free product

M&S

Herbs and spices – Glass with metal lids

Knickers

Morrisons – see more here

Cake Mix, Wright’s – Paper

Fish Fingers, Birds Eye 30 MSC – Big pack to save on packaging – Cardboard

Oats – Quaker, Scots Porridge and Own brand – Cardboard

Spices, fresh ginger, chili and garlic – Bulk

Neal’s Yard

Various organic toiletries in returnable glass. Can be pricey.

L’Occitane

Organic beauty and toiletries, some in glass. Aspirational prices.

Ocado

Cake Mix, Wright’s – Paper

You cleaner refills – A concentrated eco cleaner in small plastic bottles

Poundland

Selection of glass kilner style jars – great for those on a budget

String

Robert Dyas

Borax Substitute, Dri-pac – Cardboard

Sainsbury’s

Butter, farmhouse, located near deli – Paper

Baking Powder, sachets – Paper and cardboard

Bicarbonate of Soda, sachets – Can anyone confirm packaging?

Berries, Frozen Basics – Plastic bag only – Return to store

Cake Mix, Wright’s – Paper

Cat Litter, Bio catolet – Litter and packaging have green credentials

Dishwasher Powder – Cardboard with small metal pourer – Works well in smaller quantities

Ecover Washing Powder – Large boxes – Cardboard

Fish Fingers, Birds Eye 30 MSC – Big pack to save on packaging – Cardboard

Lasagne Sheets, Basics – Windowless Cardboard

Naty Nature Care Nappies – Biodegradable

Oats, Quaker and Flahavan’s – Cardboard / Paper

Pizza Bar – Larger Stores – Has anyone brought one unwrapped yet?

Double Edge Razor Blades 10’s– Cardboard and small plastic cover

Soap Bars, various including organic – Cardboard

Spaghetti 3kg – Plastic – Can be brought back to store for recycling

Toilet Paper, 100% recycled, 6 space saving rolls – Plastic wrap can be recycled in store

Vinegar, Sarson’s distilled White 568ml – Glass bottle, plastic cap

Washing Powder, Own Brand – Cardboard – no plastic scoop

Plastic bag recycling bins in store entrance – Sainsbury’s products with this type of packaging are clearly marked.

Any brands can be deposited but check they are plastic and not film. As a rule film cleanly tears and is louder

when crunched, plastic is softer and stretches when pulled.

Staples

Toilet Tissue, Maxima – 100% recycled – Large cardboard box, no inner tubes

Toilet Rolls, 8 pack – 100% recycled – Plastic wrap, recycle at Sainsbury’s

Envelopes, various sizes, business size bulk packs – 100% recycled – Cardboard box

Tea and Coffee – Huge catering size packs, various packaging, shake box to check there’s no plastic inside

Tesco – See more Tescos products here

Bath Salts, Radox – Cardboard

Coffee Beans, Lavazza 1kg – Usual non-recyclable packaging, largest available

Double Edge Razor Blades 10’s– Cardboard and small plastic cover

Ecover Washing Powder – Cardboard, no scoop

Fish Fingers, Birds Eye 30 MSC – Big pack to save on packaging – Cardboard

Cat litter, Sanicat Eco – I believe this is in a paper bag

Olive Oil, Il Casolare – Flip top glass bottle, reusable?

Tea Bags Miles West Country Tea – Paper bag, can anyone confirm that this is not laminated?

 

Wilcos

Bicarbonate of Soda, large crystals – Cardboard

Borax Substitute – Cardboard

See more Wilcos Products here

Waitrose

Bakery, rolls, cakes, fancy cakes and childrens decorated biscuits – Bulk

Butter, British – Paper

Borax Substitute, Dri-pac – Cardboard – Larger stores only

Bread Mix, good selection – Paper

Cat Litter, Waitrose wood pellets – Recycled wood and paper packaging

Coconut Oil, Groovy Food, Organic – Glass Metal

Coffee – Free with my Waitrose card – Take own cup

Dishwasher Powder – Cardboard

Fish Fingers, Birds Eye 30 MSC – Big pack to save on packaging – Cardboard

Juice Bar – Could ask for a refill ? – Not available in all stores

Neal’s Yard Products – Glass can be returned to Neal’s Yard shops for refund

Naty Nature Care Nappies – Biodegradable

Oats – Flahavan’s, Mornflake, Quaker – Paper and cardboard

Soap Bars – Including organic – Paper and Cardboard

Toilet Rolls, 9 pack, 100% recycled – Plastic wrap (recycle at Sainsbury’s)

Vinegar, Sarson’s distilled White 568ml – Glass Bottle

YOU cleaner refills – A concentrated eco cleaner refill in plastic

 

 

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Refill/Bulk/Zerowaste Stores

Bulk buy or refill stores are places you can buy all kinds of food like rice, suet, even soup mix – loose and unpackaged.
You take as much as you want/need from a larger container, weigh and pay.
You can usually use your own packaging.
The advantages for the #plasticfree shopper hardly need stating!
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.

Packaging

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.

Tare

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.

A to Z

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 U.K. Wide

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.

Remember
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

Here 

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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

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.
Dont have a blog? Love guest posts…

More

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

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Horsham Weigh & Save

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, short grain, arborio, basmati), dried pulses (e.g. black eyed beans, chickpeas, butter beans, red lentils), flours (including rye flour and potato flour), milk powder, and a wide variety of muesli ingredients.

Thanks to Kake for the above write up.  Please, if anyone knows of any more, do add them to the list!

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Loose Food Fill  lists all the shops  that sell  loose, food of the kind that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt.

REMEMBER

Take your own plastic free bags and refillable pots.

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Amazon On line

One of the real joys of buying #plasticfree is sourcing the stuff in local shops. The excitement when you see milk in glass bottle in the newsagents is beyond words.

However sometime you have to buy on line. Most of the products featured have an online option to buy. Though we try to link with business we know we cannot always do this. Then we try to find a similar product on Amazon.

Amazon is a very dirty word at the moment and I thought long and hard before suggesting them.  Heres why I went ahead….. No we are not entirely happy with Amazons recent history. However, we have always found their service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

If you buy a product via this link we do get an affiliation fee for this. This is not why we do it.

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Posts with links to suppliers

Usually not Amazon…..

Condoms & Lubricants
Cigarettes
Toothbrushes – bamboo
Tampons with applicator – plastic-free
Body Butter
Earphones plastic reduced and greener plastic
Razor
BYO Toiletries
Exfoliation
Sun block for a year
Jars & Pots
Antisceptic, tooth whitener and mouthwash …
Cream in Bangkok
How to …clean your teeth plastic free
Creams and Lotions
Talcum Powder
How to…menstruate plastic free
Tissues
Hankerchiefs
Nail Brush
Toner – skin
Toothbrush Ceba
Hair Gel and hairspray
Soap
Plastic IN toothpaste
bicarb for beauty
Sun block
Toilet Roll
Health care
tooth brushes Recycled plastic
Hair Brushes and Combs
Fake-bake plastic-free
deodorant crystals
Conditioners
lip balm
Shampoo
Ear buds

Amazon Catalogue

Please do read the notes in the sidebar on the right.

I have shown the products  in a catalogue format as I find this easier than browsing the widget. However clicking a link will take you to the shop widget  where you will also find the most recent additions

 

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Health & Beauty

1 x Radius Floss, handspun Silk Floss Waxed with Candelilla Wax 30 meters 3 X SMALL SILVER METAL FILLING FUNNELS Factorykiss 10 Transparent Clear Empty Lip Balm Tubes Containers
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Factorykiss 10 Transparent Clear Empty Lip …
£2.82
Natracare Organic All Cotton Tampons With Applicator - Regular 16
Natracare Organic All Cotton Tampons With A…
£2.59
see review on our website http://plasticisrubbish.com/2014/06/26/tampons-with-applicator/
Organic & Fairtrade Shea Butter (Unrefined) - 500g Organic Coconut Oil Cuisine - Mild & Odourless (Biona) 470ml Lucy Bee Extra Virgin Raw Organic Coconut Oil 500ml
Organic & Fairtrade Shea Butter (Unrefi…
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£4.79
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£9.95
(5 Bars) 100% ORGANIC Hand Poured Beeswax - 30g each - Premium Quality, Cosmetic Grade, Triple Filtered Bees Wax Carnauba Wax - T3 Grade 1KG 250ml Castor Oil - 100% Pure Cold Pressed
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£2.71
Carnauba Wax – T3 Grade 1KG
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250ml Castor Oil – 100% Pure Cold Pressed
£2.89
1 pc Banana & Honey dry skin Soap 100% Natural Handmade 120g100% Natural Handmade aprox.120g OOH LA LA Lip Balm 100% Pure Organic Cocoa Butter 120ml jar
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£4.60
OOH LA LA Lip Balm
£3.00
100% Pure Organic Cocoa Butter 120ml jar
£3.32
Elixir Pure Citric Acid |Food Grade | 250g,500g,1kg,2kg,5kg,10kg,25kg 6 x Radius Floss, Handspun Organic Silk Floss Waxed with Candelilla Leaf Wax. Radius Floss, handspun Silk Floss waxed with Beeswax x 1 plus Cranberry Floss x 1
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Mooncup Menstrual Cup Size A 1pieces
£19.99
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Natracare Regular Pads
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Buying On Line

My own plastic-less products have been bought from all over the world. Got a great tin cup in Moscow. Would totally recommend getting one. Purchase details are not much use if you live in Scunthorpe. So I try to include examples of what you could get in Scunthorpe. As I have never been to Scunthorpe this leaves me recommending an online product that will be delivered by post.

While the products look very similar to the ones we use, we may not have actually bought or used these particular items. And we may not have used this particular supplier. Nor can we guarantee they will come free of plastic packaging. It is merely to show what is available.

So while I might feature other suppliers that look interesting, I also try to recommend a company I know. Which tends to be Amazon. For the following reasons: I have always found Amazons service to be good and their packaging usually compostable.

So I have put together an Amazon catalogue featuring lots of plastic free products.

But Amazon?!?

Amazon is something of a dirty word but most of the products featured are not  sold by Amazon but by businesses operating through Amazon. To boycott them is rather like boycotting a local shop because their landlord doesn’t pay tax. I offset cutting plastic trash and supporting small businesses operating under the Amazon umbrella, against the parent company’s ,(Amazon’s), tax evading and low-pay antics. So I will still buy from Amazon while objecting to the business structure that allows this kind of exploitation. Which is, sadly, true of a lot of businesses I use. That said I don’t know how sustainable the smaller online businesses are either which is why I believe so fervently in shopping locally. Get to know your traders!

Affiliation Fees

I get an affiliation fee for promoting  products through. It is so small as to be laughable. I think I have made 40p so far. It certainly does not mean I will be promoting some products at the expense of others or for financial gain. The products promoted are the ones I use or like the look of. Also being an  affiliate allows me to feature product pictures and details copyright free supplied by the company.  Which leads me to

Inspiration

Another reason for promoting products I might not have used is inspiration. It is good to see that it is out there. Use it like a catalogue. I use Pinterest in the same way – you can see my boards here.

Other places to buy

We prefer to go to the seller direct wether on the ground or on line. If you check our own reviews of the products we you will usually find other purchase details. Some of them are in Moscow.

Please note there is a list of UK plastic-less bloggers on the Where To Buy page. Maybe there is someone in Scunthorpe writing about plastic-less products you can buy there. If not, and you live in Scunthorpe, perhaps you could start blogging about it the plastic-less facilities. Bursts into a chorus of “come and join us” Blogging for a plastic free world

And please, if you don’t blog, post your own recommendations in the comments boxes for plastic-less products and places you have sourced.

Together we can make changes.

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Oxford refill shop

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 factory to consumer.  They are also effective cleaners, environmental and cheap.  We also offer refills of some well known products from Bio-D, Ecover and Faith in Nature.

The SESI food depot offers a growing range of fairtrade, organic and local foods.

We exist to help you minimise packaging waste and access the best products at a reasonable price.  We reduce packaging by encouraging customers to bring their bags, bottles and tubs for refill at our depot or at our farmers market stall.

All 250 refills and food/household products we hold as depot stock are available to order through this website.  You can download a catalogue of 5000 more! For tips on how to get the best out of this website go to ‘More About Ordering’.Please note we don’t take payment when you place an order – pay us on delivery or collection.  We accept cash, cheque or you can now pay by card.

Don’t forget to

  • Bags & Packaging – how to get your loose foods homes.
  • Cookbook – plastic free recipes
  • loose food   a list of shops selling loose, food that normally comes plastic packaged ie rice, pasta and salt.
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Huddersfield Queensgate Market

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
Address: Princess Street, Huddersfield HD1 2SU, United Kingdom
Phone:+44 1484 223361

It was Market Hall of the year in 2013 and like all markets is a great place to buy stuff loose and unpacked.
Biscuits
Cheese
Sweets
Fruit
Meat & Fish
Bakery
Huge knickers
Cotton hankerchiefs

However it is also an architectural landmark.

From Kirklees Council website

Opened on April 6th 1970 the Queensgate Market Hall was built with a bespoke roof system of 21 asymmetric curved shells. The design allows for maximum light into the market and is considered to be the best example still standing of a retail market from the 1960s and 1970s.

In 2005 Culture Minister David Lammy listed the building as Grade II, stating, “It is an imaginative structure that combines innovative technology of its time to produce a dramatic space full of natural light with the striking focal point of the roof.”
The exterior of the building incorporates natural stone with exposed concrete and several art relief panels all individually sculpted by the artist Fritz Steller.

The Hall has been haled by local architecture expert Adrian Evans as “A spectacular combination of architecture, engineering and art.”
For further information and images visit Huddersfield Gem

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London & Environs Loose Foods

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.
Dont have a blog? Love guest posts…

Shops

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

http://www.thebigtable.net/ 45 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LH

Mother Earth
https://www.facebook.com/MotherEarthLondon
282 St Pauls Rd / 5 Albion Parade / 101 Newington Green Rd
London, United Kingdom

Planet Organic Muswell Hill
http://www.planetorganic.com/unpackaged-at-planet-organic/

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

Whole Foods Market  

 

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

 

Tooting

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

More

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