If you’re trying to cut down on your plastic waste, Zero Waste shops are the place to head!
There are loads popping up all around the UK at the moment, and Cornwall is no exception. If you’re not familiar with the concept, a Zero Waste shop (also known as a ‘refill shop’) is where you can buy many household and food items in bulk, or without single-use plastic packaging.
The amount of plastic packaging used in our standard food shops from supermarkets can be ridiculous when you put it all together, and a lot of it is totally unnecessary! We all know how awful plastic is for our environment (including the coastal areas and marine life we love so much in Cornwall), so cutting it down where we can with our weekly shops can be a great step towards cutting down our waste.
Below are five zero waste/refill stores you can find here in Cornwall:
The Refill Store – Truro
Lemon Street Market
Based inside the quirky Lemon Street Market, The Refill Store in Truro is open Monday – Saturday, 9:30am til 5:30pm, and stocks a large range of kitchen cupboard items in bulk. You can bring your own containers to weigh and then fill up with what you need (pay by weight), or use the biodegradable bags on hand. They also sell natural household cleaning products, along with plastic free alternatives to things like toothbrushes and cutlery.
un_rap – Falmouth
Webber Hill (just off the Moor)
Advocating ‘waste free shopping at its best’, un_rap have a huge supply of organic, bulk-buy wholefoods and sustainable lifestyle products. Bring your own containers and away you go! They have an extensive list of what items they sell on their website so definitely give that a look before going there.
The Good Lyfe – Newquay
This shop sells ethical and plastic-free lifestyle products, including homeware, bath and body products, toys, books and travel items. As well as this, they pantry food items, snacks and more in bulk too, PLUS you can actually order from their online shop too to have it delivered to your home.
ReFILL Shop – Bude
Belle Vue Lane
North Cornwall’s first refill shop was opened just this month! Everything from package free personal care and cleaning products, to a delicious array of kitchen cupboard staples is available in store at this new social enterprise shop.
Fill Good – St Austell
This family run business has just opened up at the Par Market Food Hall and a wide selection of foods including pasta, rice, cereals, snacks, dried fruits and nuts, plus cleaning and toiletry products – all without single-use plastic packaging and at affordable prices!
Incredible Bulk – Mobile!
All around mid to south Cornwall
Cornwall’s only zero waste shop on wheels is here to help you reduce your everyday consumption of single-use plastic packaging! Visiting a range of locations across Cornwall from Sennen, Helston, and St. Ives, to Penzance, Perranporth, St. Agnes and more, husband and wife team, Jack and Gemma, can bring a range of bulk, packaging free food pretty much to your door!