Supermarkets might be slow on the uptake when it comes to ditching plastic, but there are plenty of places in London embracing a zero-waste approach to more environmentally friendly food shopping. Here’s where to go in the capital that means your pasta doesn’t come with a side of eco-guilt.
Bring Your Own, Nunhead
Bring Your Own’s sleek, airy store makes bulk buying an easy (and stylish) affair, but its dedicated support of UK farmers and products make it really stand out. Plus, it has a grind-you-own peanut butter station. Smooth.
147 Evelina Rd, SE15 3HB, bringyourownuk.com
Naked Larder, Herne Hill
Naked Larder encourages you to place a monthly order which you can then pick up at a pre-arranged time with a reusable container. Nuts, grains and pulses are its mainstay, as well as whole coffee beans and loose leaf tea.
Order online at nakedlarder.co.uk
Bulk Market, Hackney
With everything from freshly baked bread to eco-friendly grooming products, Bulk Market is one of the most established zero-waste supermarkets in London. Plus, most of its products come from within 50 miles of the shop.
Arch 6 Bohemia Place, E8 1DU, bulkmarket.uk
The Source Bulk Foods, Battersea
Stocking over 450 products, The Source is one of London’s most comprehensive zero-waste supermarkets. From raw chocolate covered almonds to extra virgin olive oil, it’s a more foodie than frugal destination.
99 St John’s Road, SW11 1QY, thesourcebulkfoods.co.uk
Hetu, Clapham Junction
A vegan zero-waste supermarket, Hetu stocks no animal products, palm oil or single use plastics. Its ethos is adamantly against over-consumption, and aims to help people live a less consumerist lifestyle.
201 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1TH, hetu.co.uk