Starting from humble beginnings, The Source Bulk Foods was born in Australia in 2012 with the belief that unpackaged food should be easier to access and a smaller carbon footprint could be achieved every time you shop. They arrived to the UK in 2018 with the vision that each one of their stores was both an opportunity and a responsibility. An opportunity to make a positive difference within the local community, and a responsibility to nurture the global community for future generations. They aim to help us rethink the way we shop, and therefore contributing to the sustainability of our environment and supporting organisations, charities and communities that are leading the push for a better, cleaner world.
Whole Foods Market Inc. is an American supermarket chain which exclusively sells products free from hydrogenated fats, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. They also stock a large range of loose fruit and vegetables as well as extensive refill sections with rice, nuts, lentils, pulses. You can also bring your own containers for areas such as the cheese and meat counter, coffee bar and baked goods.
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.
Thornton’s Budgens is a community driven supermarket, passionate about food, people and planet. It is the second mainstream supermarket to introduce ‘Plastic Free Zones’ within their store. They now offer over 1,700 products plastic free ranging from fresh fruit and vegetables to cleaning products and personal care. All using alternative materials such as Beechwood nets, pulp, paper, metal and glass to wrap foods such as bread, cheese and vegetables.
Tufnell Park - Kentish Town
Fair-Well is an initiative to help people reduce their plastic consumption in everyday life by bringing the products to you. ‘Charlie’ the converted milk float is the latest zero waste shop on wheels, currently operating in a catchment area between Tufnell Park, Dartmouth Park, Kentish Town, Hilldrop and Caledonian. Fair-Well stock a variety of cereals, grains, nuts and dried fruits as well as cleaning and personal care products. To request a visit from Charlie, head over to the the Fair-Well website.
Since 1980, Bumblebee Natural Foods has set out to sell natural food, remedies and household products that are healthier for you and healthier for the environment.
They started with one shop and now have three, all on Brecknock Road in North London, simply named The Veg Shop, The Bakery and The Nut Shop.
Together they make Bumblebee one of the largest independent health food shops in London with a comprehensive range of vegetarian and organic products. All of their stores have loose items for sale too, so you can bring along your own containers and stock up on those essentials.
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 four 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.
Earth Natural Foods is an independent vegetarian shop based in north London, offering a range of organic, vegan, gluten-free, zero waste and Fairtrade wholefoods, as well as ecological household goods. All of their fruit and veg is certified organic and they prepare a host of hot vegan and vegetarian dishes and salads, plus a ton of organic and gluten-free beer and wine.