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