Unpackaged kicked off in 2006 as an early advocate for the zero waste movement, growing into the innovator it is today. Not only do they work with five Planet Organic supermarkets in London and a host of independent health food and farm shops, they also fit refill systems for retail and offer consultancy services to those hoping to implement their own zero waste solutions. The Unpackaged founder, Catherine Conway speaks widely on the issue for a host of media outlets and campaigns for policy change.
Patoka was inspired by the Soap Dispensary in Vancouver, Canada. The founder, Chloë, visited in 2017, and desperately wished there was a similar shop in her hometown of London. It’s taken some time to get here, but 2019 sees the launch of Patoka in Wembley, as North West London’s first zero waste shop. Their mission, to provide affordable, sustainable products to the local area, and do away with the myriad layers of plastic that have been a feature of shopping since the supermarket started to reign.