Zero Waste in London (+ beyond)
Bulk Market - hackney
Founded by Ingrid Caldironi, Bulk Market was born after Ingrid decided she wanted to go zero waste, but quickly realised that a lot of companies don’t exactly make it easy to do so. They’re a social enterprise on a mission to not only make it easy for their customers to make the right choices when it comes to waste but to also support suppliers who are helping to make a difference to people lives. They sell pretty much everything, from grains and pastas to seeds and spices, fresh bread, fruit, and veg to coffee and tea, juice, and wine and beer. They’ve also just launched a beauty bar as well as pet food.
where do I find them? Arch 6 Bohemia Place, E8 1DU, Hackney
Hetu - wandsworth
Hetu have on simple philosophy; to have the health, and well-being of the planet and all it’s inhabitants at the core of everything they do. Since ‘Hetu’ means purpose in Hindi - this seems pretty fitting! They’re a vegan zero waste store (London’s 1st) with a focus on whole foods that are unprocessed and unrefined without unnecessary packaging and all with an environmental, social, or economic benefit. It’s a pretty cute little store too!
where do I find them? 201 St. Johns Hill, London SW11 1TH
BYO - tooting market
A gorgeous little store in Tooting Market, BYO is simple and to the point. Bring your jars/bottles/bags, weigh them, fill them, pay for them. On their shelves you’ll find grains, nuts/seeds, pasta, and pulses. Oils, vinegars, chocolate, and spices as well as toiletries including shampoos, soaps, and household detergent.
where do I find them? 21-23 Tooting High St, Tooting, SW17 0SN
Re:Store - hackney downs
Joining the stella (and growing) line up of zero waste stores is Re:Store. They want to be able to help people access a more conscious way of shopping. You can refill your containers with store cupboard staples, spices, household cleaning products, toiletries, as well as a range of beautiful lifestyle products (think lunchboxes, candles, and beeswax wrap to name a few).
where do I find them? Hackney Downs Studios, 17 Amhurst Terrace, E8 2BT
refill store - truro
Bringing zero waste shopping to the beautiful little town or Truro in Cornwall is Refill Store. It was opened by two Cornish mums who realised how difficult it was to stock up on store cupboard staples and avoid all the unnecessary packaging that comes with it. You can find all your food essentials as well plastic alternative products like reusable bamboo cutlery, beeswax, and storage containers.
where do I find them? Lemon Street Market, Truro TR1 2QD
waste not - brighton open market
Waste Not is Brighton’s original zero waste store, and they sell the biggest range of dried loose produce in the town. Preference for their products is given to fairtrade and non-GMO and the list of what’s available is pretty extensive - including lifestyle products as well as all your foodie needs!
where do I find them? Unit 9, Brighton Open Market, Marshalls Row, BN1 4JU
los market - Jægersborggade / vesterbro
Hopping across the North Sea to the beautiful Copenhagen and to the pretty famous street Jægersborggade. There’s lots to love about this little gem that sits north of the main city (they’ve just opened another store in Vesterbro too!) , and LOS Market is definitely one of them! It is Copenhagen’s 1st zero waste supermarket selling all the regulars of grains and pulses, pastas and spices, household detergents, oils and vinegar, as well as fresh produce - many of which is a little uglier than what’ll you find in the main supermarkets.
where do I find them? Nørrebro: Jægersborggade 20, 2200 + Vesterbro:, Saxogade 77, 1662
day by day - various locations
Launched in 2013, Day by Day is the 1st French bulk grocery store which now has over 45 stores across the country, 4 of which are located in Paris. To limit the distance needed for their produce to travel they only stock French goods, and with a strong commitment to fight food waste they encourage their customers to only buy what they need.
where do I find them? various locations in Paris (check here)
Negozio Leggero - 3rd
Opened in 2009 (originally in Italy but you can now find them in France and Switzerland too), Negozio Leggero holds the accolade of being the first network of stores specialising in bulk buying, and today, they stock more than 1500 products. Not just that, all they’re products are selected by Ecologos Research institue (who analyse the supply chain on a daily basis)!
where do I find them? 37 Rue Notre Dame de Nazareth, 75003 Paris, France
Delicious Food - Westerstraat
Delicious Food in Amsterdam doesn’t just sell all your produce needs in bulk, they also sell freshly baked breads and cakes, an extensive range of fresh groceries as well as fresh juice, herbs, and dairy products - and it’s all 100% organic!
where do I find them? Westerstraat 24, 1015MJ
der sache wegen - Helmholtzkiez
Plastic free, palm oil free, fair, animal suffering free, regional, organic. Just some of the words Der Sache Wegen use to identify themselves - what’s not to like? Not only do they have an extensive range of products, their store looks pretty lovely too!
where do I find them? Lychener Str. 47, 10437