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.