Plastic and Packaging Free Shopping
If reducing your packaging waste is top priority when you hit the aisles, then this guide will help you unwrap what’s on offer at Better Food…
As our biggest store, St. Werburghs has the widest range of packaging-free choices, but you’ll find plenty of ways to minimise the wrapping in all our stores. Please note that this guide covers products that may only be available in one of our stores—please ring ahead to be sure your local store stocks what you need.
The St. Werburghs refill wall
For a packaging-free shopping experience, there’s no better place to start than at our St. Werburghs store’s refill wall: over 40 grains, cereals, pulses, fruit and more from Essential that can be weighed and taken away in your own container, a paper bag or in one of a range of reusable options available to buy in store.
Tea and coffee
Loose-leaf tea already saves on teabags, but our teas and herbal blends sourced from Organic Herb Trading Company come completely packaging free for you to weigh into your own container or free resealable bag. If coffee’s more your bag, make it a reusable one—Wogan Coffee loose roasted whole beans are available to buy in your own bag or container, ready to grind.
More Wine specialise in ethically sourced, on-tap wines. BYOB or purchase one of our reasonably priced swing-top glass bottles and fill’em up!
Fruit and veg
Whenever possible, we sell our fruit and vegetables loose—you can even find leaves without the bag. Put your precious produce in reusable cotton bags available to purchase in store, straight in your basket or in paper bags. We sometimes pack delicate fruit in cardboard punnets, or if they arrive pre-packed we welcome you to leave your plastic punnets with us for re-use. Bagged fruit is wrapped in plant-based cellophane, which will biodegrade over time in landfill.
Our free range eggs arrive loose—pick up a re-used box in-store and bring it back next time. This means you can take exactly the number you need as well, cutting down on food waste.
All our fresh bread, from Hobbs House and The Bristol Loaf, arrives loose for you to take away in your own bag, or waxed paper bags provided. On a Sunday, when there’s no delivery, we pop what’s left in store into light plastic bags to minimise food waste.
We’re proud that all our stores are Refill Bristol Stations, meaning you can bring in your own bottle and refill it with crisp, filtered water—still or sparkling—completely free of charge!
Our cafés are the perfect spot to fill up without the packaging! We encourage our customers to bring their own cups in return for a 20p discount, and we’re happy to fill reusable takeaway containers brought from home. We have a selection of deli foods to buy by weight too, in selected stores.
Refill your washing-up and laundry liquids and household cleaning containers with EcoLeaf and Bio-D products—you’ll save money too. We also sell loose toilet tissue rolls, meaning you can buy as many as you need as well as doing away with the plastic wrap.
Health and bodycare
Our health, bodycare and gift section is the place to go for surprising waste-reducing alternatives and gift ideas for the eco-conscious.
Bath products are one of the biggest culprits for household plastic waste, so we’ve made sure that there are plenty of alternatives in store. You’ll find refillable Faith in Nature shampoos, conditioners, bath and shower gels and hand soap, as well as soap bars that come completely free of wrapping. Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soaps—which clean everything from your face to your floor—are also now available to refill. Shampoo bars are another way to cut plastic out in the bathroom—we stock options from Friendly Soap and Living Naturally Soapnuts.
We stock everything from deodorant and eye shadow to toothpaste and dental floss in plastic-free packaging—Happy Holistics, Georganics, Bo-Ho Cosmetics and Ben & Anna are just a few brands championing plastic-free alternatives. Meanwhile, choose between plastic-free toothbrushes from F.E.T.E, or reduce your waste with replaceable toothbrush heads from Yaweco.
OrganiCups are reusable menstrual cups, and the best way to make your period waste (and hassle) free.
Get yourself festival ready without contributing to the growing problem of microplastics in the environment and choose EcoStardust glitter—biodegradable and plastic-free.
We stock a wide and ever-changing range of gifts, including books, homeware and homeware, that come with no packaging whatsoever. Or to set your friends on their own refill and reuse journeys, take a look at our range of elegant reusable sandwich boxes and flasks from Black + Blum, barista standard KeepCups or ingenious, locally made Beeswax Wraps.