Zero-Waste Shops

Updated: Mar 11

How do they help to reduce plastic pollution?

Zero-waste shops are eco-friendly places; their aim is to help you to be as kind to the planet as possible. They do this by cutting down on packaging waste.

Zero-waste shops buy in lots of things we need every day, such as food, in large amounts. These items normally come in packaging which can be either recycled, composted or collected once empty, to be refilled again.

Some of these items are then put into big containers around the shop.

They are not wrapped up one by one or in groups with plastic or cardboard packaging, like in supermarkets. You bring along your empty containers or bags instead and fill them up with as much or as little as you like. There’s no need for that extra plastic or cardboard packaging because your reusable container replaces it.

Every time you use your container you are reducing the amount of plastic needed. This means less waste going into the bin, recycling and the ocean. Fantastic work!

Shopping in this way also helps less food going to waste. You buy only what you need rather than too much, which can happen when you get something already packaged up. There is less chance of it going bad and into the bin.

You can also get large amounts of something you know you use a lot of, which can save on the amount of times you visit the shop. This might mean you use a car less to travel, helping you to reduce your carbon footprint.

Many zero-waste shops have either donated jars, containers, paper bags or they sell them too, just in case you forget to bring your own.

Lots of Zero-Waste shops sell organic goods and like to be connected to their community, not only by selling local food & drinks but supporting local people & events.

Look here Miller’s Refillers in New Mills, Derbyshire, UK, is selling James finds the NAG Patch, in their brilliant shop.

Thank you for your support!

We know that not everyone lives near to a Zero-waste shop, but there are online zero-waste & plastic-free shops too , like our friends at, who are on hand to help you reduce your plastic footprint. Hooray!

Some supermarkets have taken inspiration from zero waste shops and are now testing out refilling stations in selected stores (UK). A few supermarkets are now offering plastic-free, loose fruit and vegetables. Many supermarket around the UK have pledged to cut plastic packing to zero by 2025. They have a long way to go and a huge amount of work to do. However, we hope they keep to their targets.

For us, we can’t wait for our next visit to our local zero waste shop.


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