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
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. Read my review of Lesser Litter.
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.
Travelling zero waste shop that also delivers
Find Zoe and her travelling Zero Waste shop at Wells Market on Saturdays and Street Market on Thursdays. Zoe is knowledgeable and passionate. She sells a range of unmissable, delicious loose-leaf teas, plus useful bathroom and kitchen staples.
Fab range of funky reusables +cupboard staples
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. Read my review of Waste Not Want Not.