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12 zero waste refill stores you’ll really want to shop in

Check out these sustainable grocery, gift and household stores - it's refill, but not as you know it - gorgeous products, pretty shops and time-saving delivery or click and collect. Win, win!

Forget brown rice, hemp skirts and soggy cornflakes – the next gen refill shop is all about high quality groceries, tempting toiletries and fab little eco gifts. Grab your chichi shopping bags and get over to these gems – here are our fave refill/zero waste stores across Kent.

Unboxed, Canterbury

A waste free shop in Canterbury that’s dedicated to helping create a cleaner, better earth. All products are eco friendly or biodegradable without the nasty plastic packaging. Bring your own containers to refill on your essentials (pasta, washing up liquid etc) or purchase one of their gorgeous containers in store.

Salt Of The Earth, Broadstairs

Who says being sustainable couldn’t look cute? Visit this sustainable coffee shop and lifestyle store in Broadstairs; selling refillable food, cleaning and bathroom products and plastic free homeware. All thoughtfully sourced to make your everyday life a little less wasteful and a little more sustainable.

The Eco Pantry, Sevenoaks

Eco friendly, plastic-free refill shop based in Seal Chart, just outside Sevenoaks is your one-stop-shop for plastic-free dried foods, household cleaners, eco-friendly products, locally made products & much more. Food & liquids are sold by weight, so you can try a little before committing to larger quantities.

Bare Bazaar, Ashford

Selling unpackaged food, including beans, pulses and legumes, herbs and spices, rice and pasta, and cereals for customers to purchase by weight, and take away in their own containers. Plus a range of household products is also available. Visit the new location is at Ashford’s Park Mall (TN24 8RY). There are pay and display car parks right next door (NCP Park Mall and ABC’s Edinburgh Road (where it is free to park after 3pm)!

The Refillable Van, Various Locations

Hello super convenient mobile and online refill business! The Refillable Van is popping up at farmers markets and villages across East Kent. They offer zero waste products, refills, household cleaning products, beauty products and essential groceries all without plastic packaging. Just book a home shopping slot and they’ll come to you! Zero waste shopping has never been easier. Buy a bottle to refill or bring your own bottles and jars to refill.

The Zero Waste Company, Tunbridge Wells

This store had the local community behind it from the beginning and not only has a shop, but a Zero Waste Kitchen that works with local Tunny Wells partners to combat any potential food waste by taking fresh produce that would otherwise be thrown away, and making it into delicious, healthy and nutritious food. This is sold in the brilliant vegetarian café. They also offer bespoke celebration cakes made to order – perfect for a special occasion!

Unpackaged at Macknade, Faversham

Our favourite Kent food hall, recently installed a dispenser system, allowing you to fill your own containers with loose dried goods, ranging from rice to pulses, muesli to confectionary. The Unpackaged dispensers are situated next to the Macknade bakery and are super easy to use. Just weigh your container before weighing it again with the product inside. Simples.

Zilch – Zero Waste, Tonbridge

Zilch is both an online store and a zero waste shop in Tonbridge on Barden Road. They offer sustainable and reusable products – from food items to toiletries – without any plastic or unnecessary packaging, where possible these are locally made and/or organic.

Naked Products, Rochester

This store opened its doors in October 2020, and offers a range of make up and homecare products, including their own soap and bath bombs, alongside refill food and cleaning products. An art gallery, gift boxes and their own clothing brand, Retrosential, can also be found in the shop.

Zero Waste on Wheels, Maidstone

Launched just before lockdown mum-of-two, Alicia, operates from her customised van which holds several 20 litre containers of house-hold cleaning products such as laundry detergents, hand soaps and shampoos – all items sold are biodegradable, vegan, cruelty free, and made in the UK. Alongside that she sells food items to stock up the larder and a full list can be seen on her Facbook page. Customers in the Maidstone area can book a home visit and refill their own bottles from the van or find her at Farmer’s Markets.

Heath Stores, Horsmonden

We love this award-winning village store, with a deli and bakery counter, lots of local produce and plastic-free goods section. This store really is at the heart of the community and big on supporting local – and support sustainability as much as possible. From their locally sourced, packaging-free fruit and veg to their Refill station (for pasta, rice, beans, pulses, cooking oils, flour, sugar etc) and milk dispenser this is a local gem making an effort to be kinder to the environment.

The Little Green Pantry, Lamberhurst

Speaking of hidden gems, this cute little shop recently opened – where they source local ‘green’ produce, have a refillable milk station and second-hand items along with providing community workshops plus there’s an up-cycled cabinet called ‘The Little Free Library’ full of free children’s books for swapping too. Customers buy and collect their glass milk bottles from the Little Green Pantry, and once they have been used customers clean the bottles and return them. Used bottles are collected twice a week by Hinxden Dairy and sterilised and reused.

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3 comments on “12 zero waste refill stores you’ll really want to shop in”

  • Russell Poynter November 28, 2021

    Living in Medway, I have had to travel quite a way to find a decent refill place. Naked Products has meant I have something close by and the people there are super friendly too!

  • Jason Frew November 10, 2021

    Sad to see no mention of Salt of the Earth in Broadstairs.

    • aliagnew November 11, 2021

      Hi Jason – don’t be sad! We are very open to suggestions and I’m delighted to learn about this Broadstairs store. We’ll add it in right now – such a great suggestion. Thanks for taking the time to Comment x


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