Looking for ways to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle? As the zero waste movement gains traction, we’re seeing more and more plastic-free shops pop up across the country.
The premise is simple: bring your own reusable container along and fill it with goods, cutting out all the unnecessary plastics involved in the shopping chain. We’ve rounded up some of the best zero waste shops in London, from Tooting to Hackney..
The Source Bulk Foods
There are two branches of The Source Bulk Foods across the city, one in Battersea and another in Chiswick. Owned by Australians Patrick and Makayla, the shops sell – as the name suggests – bulk foods, everything from pastas to household cleaning products. Their website is also a great source for zero waste tips and tricks. thesourcebulkfoods.co.uk
A new zero waste store opened recently in Hackney Downs Studios, a community of independent artists and small businesses in East London. There’s no single-use plastic rule on site, and you can buy everything from coffee to herbs and spices to cleaning products. Food is sourced locally, from suppliers like Mission and Ombra pasta, with a number of sustainable lifestyle products also for sale such as Elephant Box food containers and Chilly’s water bottles. restorerefill.co.uk
Another Hackney spot, Bulk Market is all about making things simple. All you need to do is bring your own reusable container, fill it with the goods you want, weigh and pay. Buy everything from grains to dog food to essential oils, alongside lots of organic fresh produce. bulkmarket.uk
At South London shop Hetu, they sell vegan, organic, zero waste products, with sustainable or reusable packaging. Gravity bulk bins are made from glass, herbs and spices are found in wooden topped jars with vintage spoons, and a plastic-free machine grinds fresh nut butter. hetu.co.uk
Based inside Tooting Market, BYO encourages customers to fill up their own containers with foods like pasta, seeds, spices and cereals. You’ll also find a good selection of plastic-free accessories here, like KeepCups and tote bags. byo.london
Herne Hill spot Naked Larder takes a slightly different approach, offering a click and collect service where you shop online, then take your containers into the store and fill them up with your order. nakedlarder.co.uk
If you need an extra incentive to go greener, teeny tiny Harmless shop in North London offers beers to visitors while shopping. They sell vegan food, plant-based dry goods and household cleaning supplies – all plastic-free, of course. harmlessstore.co.uk