Bring Your Own Containers
Zero-waste shops sell their own reusable containers, but you’ll save money and have more choice if you bring your own. We recommend always bringing a selection of drawstring bags, a few cotton tote bags for larger items, airtight glass or plastic containers, and a bundle of beeswax wraps made into pouches for dried goods, and ready to wrap up bakery items.
When you arrive, weigh your containers when they are empty. This will make it easier and more accurate when weighing the food you are buying. If you’re buying liquids, try and keep a note of how much liquid fits into one container to make the purchase easier.
Being zero-waste is also about reducing your overall carbon footprint; both in terms of the food you are buying but also the distance you are travelling to stock up. Buying local also helps to support independents in your area and keeps your local economy thriving.
Support your local greengrocer and buy seasonal, British fruit and vegetables. If you eat meat, shop with your local butcher, and find your local zero-waste shop using our handy map!
Stock Up & Buy In Bulk
This will save you both time and money! The perks of bringing your own container is that it can be as little or big as you like, and you can fill it to the rafters! Buying dried goods and foods in bulk generally reduces the overall costs and means you only need to stock up occasionally. The same goes for toiletries and cleaning products, you can stock up on much more shampoo than the bottles available from big supermarkets.
Buying in bulk is also a planet-friendly option for products that need to come in their own packaging. It’s not ideal to need packaging, but if it can’t be avoided then buying in bulk will help cut the overall plastic-waste.
Psst… we also have a handy Milk Refill Station Map!