As an increasing number of consumers swerve plastic, zero-waste shops are cropping up across the South West. Here are a few to add to your hit list
Earth. Food. Love, Totnes
Totnes has always been ahead of the eco curve – Nicola and Richard launched the UK’s first organic zero-waste shop in the south Devon town in 2017.
Nourish of Topsham, near Exeter
Head to Fore Street’s latest opening to stock up on Crankhouse coffee beans, Trewithen Dairy milk and more.
Smaller Footprints, Bristol
Clifton’s peanut butter purists rejoiced when Smaller Footprints brought a nut butter machine to Regent Street in November 2018. Also visit for a large selection of non-food finds including beeswax wraps, deodorant bars and metal straws.
Indie shoppers hitting Gloucester Street can now pick up plastic-free provisions – all organic, ethically sourced or Fairtrade – at Loose which opened in April 2018.
Waste Not Want Not, Bridport
Pick up bamboo cutlery, eco-friendly make up and kelp face masks alongside larder staples at Bridport’s zero-waste store.
Incredible Bulk, Cornwall
Husband and wife duo, Jack and Gemma, are bringing zero-waste shopping to the people of Cornwall via their mobile venue, The Bulkmobile. Pitching up everywhere from St Agnes to Lostwithiel, Incredible Bulk lists its regular haunts on its website.
Lesser Litter, Taunton
Taunton’s sustainably-savvy shoppers have been stockpiling the reusables since Lesser Litter set up shop in August 2018.
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Keeping it local is the easiest way to cut your plastic use, says Michael Dart of Darts Farm, one of the biggest independent farm shops in the South West
Mukti Mitchell, Devon-based carpenter, sailor, author and director of Mitchell & Dickinson (insulation solutions for period properties), tried going plastic-free for a month. He tells us what happened