Going green is something we should all be thinking about. Humans’ plastic waste is causing all kinds of harm to the planet’s ecology, and sometimes it seems hard to figure out how we can make it better.
In Devon, our local eco-warriors are fighting the good fight to help everyday shoppers to get their groceries in a way that’s kind to the environment: and during lockdown, they’re essential businesses ready to stay open and deliver. Here’s our guide to zero waste and refill shops across Devon:
Nourish in Braunton has been working on their web store, ready to launch imminently so that customers can see their range and order goods online. Meanwhile, you can still go to the shop in Exeter Road to buy refillable organic whole foods, nutritional supplements, natural body care, household cleaning refills, and more.
The store is open from 9.30am-3pm, Monday through Saturday. Deliveries available, call to place an order 01271 812006.
Exeter: Zero Exeter
Wholefoods and drinks, household items, personal care, greeting cards, home and decor items make up the impressive range you can buy at this great shop, committed to helping the environment.
While their Exeter store continues trading, owners Fay and Ernesto Mosquera are in the process of filling, painting and decorating a new branch in Exmouth, using reclaimed items for the store’s infrastructure and decoration. Fay says: “Our ethos is to work hard and create more affordable organic plastic free options for our communities, while spreading awareness and tips for our followers and beyond. A huge part of our ethos is to support charities within the UK and Colombia, my husband Ernesto’s native land.
“We feel incredibly lucky for our customers , their kindness and empathy for our planet.
“Lockdown has been incredibly tough, especially selling loose food, so please support all your local essential stores online and in store as they truly need it.”
Check out their range and hours here
Kingsbridge: Green & Wild
If you want a lockdown success story (rather few and far between), how about this one: Green & Wild opened during lockdown in the spring, in April, and are still going strong. Owners Alex Dobinson and Rachel Saunders wanted to offer a zero waste shop for their community. Says Rachel: “Green & Wild has a large range of plastic free food, drinks, cosmetics and cleaning products, with many fantastic products created by entrepreneurs in Devon. We believe that we can eliminate a huge amount of single use plastic through our weekly shop, and that every little swap that our customers make has an impact.”
They are open Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm and Saturday 9am – 4pm. There’s also a click and collect service on their website
Plymouth: Laundry @ 55
Chiefly it’s a drop and collect, wash dry and ironing shop, but this local convenience also stocks a range of household, cleaning, and health and beauty products that you can refill. Owner Celie Felix says: “All products are vegan and cruelty free, and sustainable, palm oil free and plastic free. I’ve done lots of research into the companies I buy from, to ensure that my products are as ethical as possible.
“I’m doing as chunky blankets, wreaths and crochet cards for Christmas.
“We are staying open during the lockdown, but we also offer collect and drop of the laundry and the products you need.
We are keeping our hours the same for the first week 8am-6pm Monday -Saturday. Any updates we put at the Instagram and Facebook.”
Only four people with face masks at a time in this Looe Street, Plymouth shop, but it’s staying open through lockdown, and they also do email orders and deliveries. There’s lots of reasons to support it. Jar can provide you with a wide range of groceries by weight, as well as vegetable boxes. They also do a lovely range of teas and locally roasted coffee beans: we should all be indulging our creature comforts at this challenging time. See their website here
Topsham and Exeter: Nourish Zero Waste
This stylish eco-store has branches in Exter’s Magdalen Road and in Topsham. Both food and non food products abound, dry and liquid. Bring your own containers, weigh them, and fill them with what you need. Right now, bag an alternative advent calendar with 24 different organic, fairtrade, plastic free teas to keep you smiling in the dark days of winter.
See opening hours and stock list for both branches here
The first of its kind in Torquay, Trace-Less sells organic and non-organic dried foods such as grains, pasta, pulses, herbs, spices, liquid dispensers for oils and vinegars, eco-friendly toiletries and household products. It’s all plastic packaging free.
See their website here
Ethical living is at the heart of this zero waste shop in the heart of the value-conscious community of Totnes where you can boost your eco credentials in good company.
“We feel very fortunate to be able to continue to stay open through lockdowns, and hope to provide a calm and supportive atmosphere within the shop and through our delivery service,” says Clare Sterritt, who runs this super Totnes shop together with owners Richard and Nicola Eckerslye. “We hope between coming into the shop to fill up your own containers, having your shopping delivered to your door or dropping off your containers for us to fill up for you, there is a way of getting your essential food shopping in that everyone can feel comfortable doing.”