My favourite local brands & what they’re doing to help plastic-free spirits
Buy gluten-free bread by the half-loaf
Jane and the team always provide a warm welcome at Cobbs. You can buy loose eggs, bread, olives, soap and crystal tumblestones. You can also grab a refill of fabric conditioner, laundry liquid, washing up liquid and multi-surface cleaner.
Shampoo, hand soap and cleaning refills
This brilliant shop is probably best described as a vegetarian supermarket. Own-brand herbs, spices, nuts, seeds, teas and other staples are packaged in compostable cellophane or paper, and you can pick up loose organic veg and refills.
Huge range of zero waste food and drink
Read my review of Lesser Litter.
Just about everything you wish you could find plastic-free lives in this shop, from oils, vinegars and syrups on-tap, to DIY peanut butter and nut milks in returnable glass bottles. You’ll find a great range of sweet and salty snacks, too.
Affordable range of delicious coffee beans
John and Jason’s vintage-style deli / health food store stocks a fair few zero waste goodies. They have the best range of zero waste coffee beans (including decaf) that I’ve seen, from Porlock-based company Miles.
Wholefoods and café with lots of cleaning refills
Read my review of The Green Shop.
The Green Shop has a fantastic range of refillable cleaning products, shampoos and conditioners. You can also buy loose herbs and spices, soaps, beeswax candles in various sizes, and beeswax wraps.
Zero waste shop that opens on Sundays
Read my review of The Naked Pantry.
Find Zoe’s thoughtful shop in Butleigh, near Glastonbury. Zoe is knowledgeable and passionate. She sells a range of unmissable loose-leaf teas, gorgeous makeup, and useful household staples.
Fab range of funky reusables & cupboard staples
Read my review of Waste Not Want Not.
Bridport’s zero waste shop is one of my favourites. Lovely Lydia stocks store cupboard staples (from coffee beans to Bombay mix), personal care and household cleaning products, refillable containers + funky reusables.