Because if you can shop local and shop small you should.
As always I just want to preface this post by saying I am aware of the privilege I have to be able to shop this way and I know not everyone is.
I had heard about The Refill Larder in Teddington through my cousin who is another plastic free warrior and the family and I had been using it on and off for a few things for a few months (chocolate buttons mainly and laundry liquid). They offer all manner of dry goods, cleaning bits & bobs as well as reusable water bottles and eco-friendly tin foil and rubber gloves.
When London locked down they closed for a little while before reopening a click & collect and local delivery service. With panic buying wiping the supermarket shelves and extra plastic being bought in to help protect people (which I obviously understand) I found myself ordering more and more from The Refill Larder to help keep my plastic down. It’s amazing how much of my weekly shop I can get from the refill larder plus when the supermarkets were out of flour, yeast and pasta I could get it all with ease, in the perfect amounts that I needed for the Mr and I and at an amazing price. We will definitely be keeping up our orders even after lockdown.
They are open to new customers so if you live in the Twickenham, Teddington, Kingston area (or further a field if you have a car and are happy to click & collect) then why not make an order and cut down your plastic.
If The Refill Larder is out of your way then there are a few more round London that I’ve heard of plus a whole load I’m sure I’ve not but a quick google can enlighten you.
BULK MARKET – based in Hackney (They are currently closed but will be reopening on the 2nd June)
Hetu – In Battersea offering a click & collect service all vegan products.
The Source Bulk Foods – Stores in Battersea & Chiswick as well as Brighton.
Naked Larder – Based in Herne Hill offering online orders.