The growth of zero waste shops has taken off over the last few years, with more of them opening in the county. The first big zero waste shop in the Midlands was the Clean Kilo in Digbeth, which has since expanding into another shop within the city.
The whole point of a zero waste shop is to cut down on packaging primarily, but also food waste. Shoppers take their own tubs or bags along and buy just what they need. Initially the shops only sold dried goods like pasta, nuts, seeds and pulses, but as demand for this type of shopping has increased you can now buy washing up liquid, washing powder, fruit, veg and toiletries in most shops. Often there is a wider choice for vegans and vegetarians.
Zero waste shops or retailers that offer refills of cleaning products/milk/dried goods are as follows:
|Pack It In – Zero Waste Living (opens in a new window)||Unit 7,8,9 The Gallery, The Shambles, Worcester WR1 2DD||01905 612797|
|Natures Intention (opens in a new window)||2 High Street, Bromsgrove B61 8HQ||07494 991191|
|Eat. Love.Yoga (opens in a new window)||1a Comberton Hill, Kidderminster DY10 1UA||07774 876386|
|Pumphouse Environment Centre (opens in a new window)||Waterworks Road, Worcester WR1 3EZ|
|Top Barn Farm (opens in a new window)||Worcester Road, Holt Heath WR6 6NH||01905 621954|
|Greenlink (opens in a new window)||11 Graham Road, Malvern WR14 2HR||01684 576266|
|Churchfields Farm (opens in a new window)||Salwarpe, Droitwich WR9 0AF||01905 451289|
There are also a growing number of businesses that offer all sorts of items that are an alternative to plastic; these are included in our Reducing Plastic page