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Supermarket Feedback by Lyn Bull and the Zero Hero’s

Lyn Bull administrator for the Facebook group Zero Waste Hero’s recently posed the question

“Any suggestions for quick, easy, no cost or low-cost zero waste actions our supermarkets could take? Quick wins.”

A lively debate followed. She has collated the answers for your  edification.

Waste, litter, recycling and landfill issues are increasingly in the news. A growing number of people are seeking out independent shops in a bid to cut down their consumption of unwanted, unnecessary packaging and single use products. Our major supermarkets too can play their part in this move to take responsibility for the waste we all produce.

In March 2016 I asked our Zero Waste Week Heroes Facebook group for suggestions for ‘quick, easy, no cost or low cost zero waste actions our supermarkets could take’. Below are some of their suggestions – not an exhaustive list but more a starting point for a supermarket that is considering its place in the contemporary market place.

On entry and across the store

Display your commitment to reducing plastic and single use containers

Actually show/tell people how to reduce plastic waste through signs or labels

Stock plastic free packaged alternatives where possible

Availability of loose fresh fruit and veg 

  • Signs encouraging people to bring their own cotton bags for loose fruit and veg
  • Since lots of people seem to have supermarket branded shopping bags there could easily be a market for the supermarkets to sell reusable cotton veg and fruit bags
  • Spring onions in non-recyclable plastic film? They used to have a rubber band and a label only
  • As above for swede and cucumber!
  • Provide compostable paper bags instead of plastic or at least as an alternative. Mark bags ‘I am compostable’
  • Some weigh machines instruct you to put loose fruit and veg in a plastic bag – should be easy to change that to just ‘bag’ and provide paper bags as an alternative.
  • Provide loose fruit as an alternative to those in nets at the same price – I don’t need a net to help me count 3 lemons etc

At the Deli/Bakery/Meat/Fish counter

  • Encourage people to use deli counter, cheese counter, etc.
  • What about encouraging their delis, meat and fish counters to put the produce into customers own containers rather than bags? Ohhh…and not using a piece of plastic to weigh these items 
  • My local deli uses greaseproof paper bags for cheese which I can compost. I’d be very pleased if a supermarket deli counter could cut the cheese and not just hand over a bit already Clingfilm wrapped
  • Compostable waxed paper cartons could replace those wretched plastic clam shells

Tinned/canned/dry goods

  • Don’t wrap plastic around 4 tins of beans or toms etc. I can count and so can the person on the checkout
  • Sell items like pasta in paper bags instead of single use plastic

A bit more…

You an find lots more supermarket related posts here.

the P-f U.K. Directory

This post was written by the contributor. It has been posted in the  PfU.K. Directory.

And the P-f U.K. Directory is…?

…a directory of UK-based groups, organisations businesses and individuals who are responding to the problems presented by the misuse of plastic. That does not mean anti-plastic necessarily but certainly plastic-problem aware.

The DIRECTORY is to promote their fantastic work. Read more here…

Got a project?
It is very easy to get a project featured. Each contributor submits a short synopsis of their project, focussing on the plastic aware element and I post it. You can read the submission guidelines 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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Whole Food Market U.K. Chain

Rushing through the Cheltenham suburbs, had to buy wine so lurched into the huge carpark of an out of town shopping experience. By which I mean a cluster of huge supermarkets snarling at each other across an enormous expanse of tarmac dotted with a huddle of tiny trees at least one of which was sporting a plastic bag. Village Boy leapt out of the van and bounded off shouting, white hare like, about time. I was following rather more sedately when Whole Foods Market caught my eye. I had never seen one before and I admit I snorted at the messages plastered on the windows…. but I went to have a look anyway.

I have numerous issues with supermarkets which I won’t go into here. Suffice to say I use them when I have to but they deeply irritate, even anger me. The packaging, the waste, the plastic are just a few of the niggles.

And yet, I was about to have a supermarket epiphany. Yes Whole Foods Market are my idea of supermarket heaven. If there have to be supermarkets,  then let them be like this.

They have 

  • Unwrapped lettuce and unpackaged olives… beans featured shop Whole Food
  • Loose grains, rice beans and pulses
  • Loose tea & coffee beans.
  • Loose spices, herbs, dried fruits and nuts
  • A peanut butter making machine
  • oil on tap so you can refill your bottle

All of the above you can buy by weight in your own containers. This is  common in the U.S. and Australia. They have  bulk stores or  bulk foods aisle in a grocery store. In this case it doesn’t necessarily mean buying huge amounts but buying loose and unpackaged.

BYO Bags

While the carrier bags at the check-out are paper, the rest of the packaging, the produce bags and bottles they provide, are all plastic so you would have to take your own compostable pots and reusable bags. Easily done – find out how here.

Tare

The weight of the bag will make a difference at checkout in the price per weight.  The tare weight is the weight of the empty container. Whole Food Markets have weighing machines that allow you to do this yourself. It is very easy.

Lush

Whole Foods Market as it name suggests also has a organic eco criteria. This isn’t some giant Weigh & Save shop but a plush, lush shopping experience

Stores WLLM FOOD3

Since then I have taken the opportunity to visits as many Whole Food Markets as I can.

Find A Store

They have stores in London, Cheltenham and Glasgow

I have taken photo journals which I have posted up on Facebook. Follow the links for

Please check that stock is available before you visit – the photos are quite old now and NOT ALL STORES ARE THE SAME. For instance Glasgow does Ecover refills Cheltenham doesn’t.

About

This American company have recently opened some flagship stores in the UK It is funky, good looking and challenging. It boasts impressive eco credentials. I wanted to know more so I emailed ahead asking if it would be OK for me to take photos next time I visited. Not only did they say yes, but Renata Rees, Marketing Team Leader, offered to meet me. An offer I eagerly accepted. You can read about it here

More

Find more loose food shops here

 

 

 

 

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Lidles

Lidles  is a chain of budget supermarkets. It offers some plastic free surprises. (Click the links to see a review and other options). Take your own bags

porridge oats in a paper bag

salt in a cardboard box

pistachios (take your own bag and scoop out as much as you want)

White rice in a cardboard box

Bakery section selling loose rolls and continental pastries. These are good value and pretty good – particularly enjoyed the pain au raisin. Again take your own bags.

Tissues, box of,  without a plastic collar.

I haven’t tried these but they look promising;
bread mix flour with yeast already added just add oil and water, what sounds like plastic free corn flour and breadcrumbs in a box (no plastic crackle when squeezed).

Sadly most of the veg is plastic wrapped and all the meat and cheese.

More

I have not seen these myself but know a woman who has.

Here are some 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.

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

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Lush

lush are one of the more forward thinking British companies. They are ethical in all kinds of ways and  sell a lot of their beauty products unwrapped. Good if you are trying to live plastic free and not hurt the bunnies. Read more About ethical Lush here

They do plastic free

unwrapped soap
solid shampoo  read my review here
solid conditioner read my review here
unpacked henna

I don’t use them much as the shops smell way to strong. I can’t go in without sneezing. But there are plenty who do who. Here is a great series of reviews by Minimalist Exposure

And they support stuff like this:

One of four Pop Ups being staged to support the Lush 2017 Creative Showcase event in London next month, Naked House is part gallery exhibition and part immersive experience curated by the brand team at Lush to show just how easy it is to make the switch to Naked (as in living with less packaging).
Read more here.

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Find other plastic free personal care products here…

Making Other Personal Care Products 

Its quicker then  trying to choose between a hundred different shampoos and it’s really simple, fun to do, so much cheaper  and  I get to control what goes on my  body, where it comes from and what environmental impact it has.

Lots more info here on making your own personal care products

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Wilkos

Did you know you can buy loose screw and other fixings at Wilcos – as many or as few as you need and you can mix and match. You will need to take your own plastic free bag.

Loose screws

You can find a photo gallery of the #plasticfree products we have sourced, here

Plus these which we didn’t take photos of

Bicarbonate of Soda, large crystals – Cardboard
Borax Substitute – Cardboard
Citric acid

Find A Store – store locator here

More

Wilko Retail Ltd. is a British high-street chain which sells homewares and household goods. Founded in 1930 as Wilkinson Cash Stores by James Kemsey Wilkinson in Leicester, the company has remained largely in the hands of the founding family. Wikipedia

Supermarkets & Chainstores

Sometimes supermarkets can surprise you – check out the plastic-free and reduced packaging products here.

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Morrisons

A quick overview of some of the plastic free / reduced stuff you can get in Morrisons Supermarket, Huddersfield.

A pretty good selection of fruit and veg and a good butchers and fish counter where they sell unwrapped cuts. Take your own cornstarch compostable bags because they only have plastic.
Most unusually for any supermarket they have a great selection of spices – fresh ginger, garlic and chillies, that they sell unpackaged. Hooray, stir fry tonight.
They do loose bread rolls and some round bread rolls they call bagels. They are not proper bagels more like round bread rolls  but you can pretend. Again you will need your own bags paper – or better still reusable produce bags,
Most wonderful of all is the buns. They do unpacked buns for £1.00 each which are very good AND they serve them in cardboard boxes. Huzzah!
See the full range here

Including

  • Cat litter in paper bags and dry dog food (sewn with thread – possibly synthetic?)
  • Pick & Mix sweet stall with paper bags. But you can use your own.
  • Salt in cardboard box – I don’t buy this as it is too expensive, (I buy from Lidles), but I heard it came plastic bag free. That has since been disputed. Does anyone know?
  • ketchup in a glass jar (metal lid plastic lined)
  • Vinegar in a glass bottle (plastic lid)
  • pasta (small plastic window but least plastic packed ready made pasta on the market).

More

I have not seen these myself but know a woman who has.

Here are some 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.

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
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
Pizza bar – Larger stores – Has anyone tried to buy one of these unwrapped yet?
Rice, Various 4 – 10kg bags, biggest selection – Various packaging
Washing-up Eco Liquid,

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.

For the plastic free freak metal lids to glass jars are of course plastic lined .

Tin and cans including those for cosmetics are also plastic lined

For products that are packaged in plastic choose to buy simple plastics that can easily be recycled

Do remember not all stores stock all products. It might be wise to check ahead if you are making a special visit.

Don’t Like Supermarkets?

Other places to buy unpackaged food are listed here

 

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The Range – a chain of home & garden shops

Loose pet food, home wares and some loose sweets.

Being committed to local shopping, I prefer to buy that way whenever possible. I would encourage you to do the same. One of the joys of living plastic free is mooching round the local shops seeing what you can source.
Sometimes though there is no option but to use

Supermarkets & Chainstores

And yes you can get some plastic free and zero waste stuff there but YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE YOUR OWN PACKAGING. Check out the plastic-free shopping kit here.

The Range

This is new to me. It replaces Homebase on Leeds Rd, Huddersfield HD1 6ND.

It is one of 120 U.K. stores.

It sells  paints, crockery, bedding, art supplies and some garden stuff.

AND……..

Pet food & Bird Seed

It gets my plastic free vote for it’s loose bird seed and pet food. You can see pictures here.
There is more animal feed in paper bags.
I don’t have pets so cannot speak from experience how good this is but well done for offering plastic free.

Other Stuff

Includes enamel cups – very pretty!

Get There

Directions to the Huddersfield Store
Phone:01484 534707

Hours:

Wednesday 9am–8pm
Thursday 9am–8pm
Friday 9am–8pm
Saturday 9am–8pm
Sunday 10:30am–4:30pm
Monday 9am–8pm
Tuesday 9am–8pm

Other Stores

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.

For the plastic free freak metal lids to glass jars are of course plastic lined .

Tin and cans including those for cosmetics are also plastic lined

For products that are packaged in plastic choose to buy simple plastics that can easily be recycled

Do remember not all stores stock all products. It might be wise to check ahead if you are making a special visit.

Don’t Like Supermarkets?

Other places to buy unpackaged food are listed here

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Tescos

I have one near me so I tend to visit more often then I think is ideal. here are some of the products they do;

PLA compostable plastic bags

Paper bin liners

Apple vinegar

Coconut oil

All kinds of oil in glass bottles

Big tins of vegetable oil

Tescos  sell bulk pasta in polythene bags – not plastic free I know but better than film!

More

I have not seen these myself but know a woman who has.

Here are some 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.

Bath Salts, Radox – Cardboard

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

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

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.

For the plastic free freak metal lids to glass jars are of course plastic lined .

Tin and cans including those for cosmetics are also plastic lined

For products that are packaged in plastic choose to buy simple plastics that can easily be recycled

Links are to my posts on the subject.

Do remember not all stores stock all products. It might be wise to check ahead if you are making a special visit.

Don’t Like Supermarkets?

Other places to buy unpackaged food are listed here