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12 Zero-Waste Shops In Glasgow To Know In 2022

Ditch plastic with this handy guide to 12 zero-waste and refill shops in Glasgow.

There’s a huge amount of rivalry between Scotland’s east and west coasts. As someone from the west coast who now lives on the east coast, I feel like I’m allowed to sit on the fence. I’d say that both Glasgow and Edinburgh are equally amazing in different ways. I love spending time in both cities. Ask me to choose a favourite, and honestly, it’s like asking me to choose a favourite child. It’s just not going to happen!

I’ve recently put together a guide to zero-waste shops in Edinburgh. So as to not show favouritism to the east coast, let’s turn our attention to the west coast, and shine a spotlight on Glasgow’s wide selection of refill and zero-waste shops.

The Zero-Waste Shops In Glasgow To Know

Flat lay of packaging free groceries with blue text box that reads the best zero-waste shops in Glasgow to know.

Zero-waste shops across the country are having a hard time. Glasgow has recently lost at least two zero waste shops – both Society Zero on Queen Margaret Drive and Ecomart in Patrick, so it’s never been more important to support local zero-waste shops where we can.

Here are my top zero-waste shops in Glasgow to know so you can find your local shop – whether you are a Glasgow local or visiting the city and need to stock up on supplies during your stay.

Locavore Glasgow

As a social enterprise, Locavore exists to help build a more sustainable local food system which is better for the local economy, the environment and the community. As well as recently opening up a zero-waste shop in Edinburgh in 2022, Locavore is well established in Glasgow, with three stores in Govanhill, Garnethill and Partick.

Selling a range of zero-waste refill goods, such as loose organic grains, pulses, flours, herbs and spices, just don’t forget to bring your jars and bags! The stores also sell loose fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables. What’s more, they also offer organic and local cheese, dairy and vegan-friendly dairy alternatives.

The Govanhill store also has a café, where you can eat delicious food at the only fully organic place to eat out within Glasgow. The café makes seasonal organic dishes following what is available from its market garden, as well as using up excess produce from the shop to prevent waste.

Find Locavore in Govanhill at 349 Victoria Rd, Glasgow G42 7SA.

The Garnethill store is at 134 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6ST.

Find the Partick store at 449 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow, G11 6EJ.

Zero Waste Market Glasgow

Zero Waste Market's selection of refill spices in its Glasgow shop.

Zero Waste Market in Dennistoun is a great addition to Glasgow’s refill shop scene. Offering Glasgow residents everything they need to lead a low waste and sustainable lifestyle – from homewares to groceries – Zero Waste Market is a must-visit if you are in the Dennistoun area.

Bring along your containers to fill up on fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses, oils, different kinds of vinegar, spices, cleaning products, baking ingredients and more. Vegetable boxes are also available for collection.

For convenience, spend £35 or more on your online grocery shop and those in certain Glasgow postcodes can get their order delivered by bicycle for only £2.99.

Find the Zero Waste Market shop at 17 Hillfoot Street, Glasgow G31 2LD.

The Good Choice

Mount Florida based The Good Choice sell organic, local, ethical and plastic-free groceries. This includes pet products, snacks and sweets, personal care, home cleaning, coffee and tea, as well as baking and cooking supplies. Bring your own containers and bags to refill, or click and collect online for convenience.

The Good Choice also offers a vegetable box scheme.

The Good Choice says that tackling waste is vital, but sustainability goes much further. As such, the Good Choice aims to choose products and suppliers that are among other things:

  • Environmentally friendly: including natural and organic products 
  • Sourced as locally as possible, to reduce transport emissions and support local communities.
  • Are socially, environmentally or community-oriented.

What’s more, Zero Waste Market partners with charities and social enterprises to make good use of any food surplus, to ensure its zero-waste shop really is zero-waste.

Find The Good Store’s zero-waste shop at 1031 Cathcart Rd, Mount Florida, Glasgow G42 9XJ.

Dandy’s Wholefoods

For those in the Clarkston area, the jauntily named Dandy’s Wholefoods caters for most of your refill needs.  As well as deli staples, the store also sells refill products. From eco-friendly cleaning products to baking and cooking staples all in refill formats. It also has a milk vending machine selling Mossgiel organic milk.

Find Dandy’s Wholefoods at 44 Busby Road, Clarkston, Glasgow, G76 7XJ.

Roots & Fruits

Person shopping for loose fruit and veg at Roots & Fruits.

Roots & Fruits’ main focus is on high-quality fresh fruit and vegetables. As such, this stunning looking shop is the place to go in the West End to pick up loose fruit and veg, deli staples and fresh bakery goods the plastic-free way.

If you’re not in the West End, the good news is that Roots & Fruits deliver veg boxes all over Glasgow. It has a wide range of deliciously fresh produce that it packs its veg boxes with, for all of your home recipes. 

Roots & Fruits also sell Brose Scottish made oat milk in glass bottles. Stocking both the Original and Barista styles in the Great Western Road shop, Roots & Fruits run a deposit and return scheme. When you bring your bottle back you get a £1 back and Roots & Fruits send the bottle back to them to be cleaned and reused.

Find Roots & Fruits at 455 Great Western Rd, Glasgow G12 8HH.

Find the Finnieston store at 1137 Argyle St, Finnieston, Glasgow G3 8ND.

Fresh ‘N’ Fruity

Whilst not strictly a zero-waste shop, if you are Mount Florida based, then Fresh ‘N’ Fruity is a great place to stock up on loose fresh fruit and vegetables. With a fantastic selection of fresh produce, alongside non-refill whole foods, fairtrade, organic, vegan, and gluten-free products, it’s a great place to stock up on fresh and tinned essentials.

Find Fresh ‘N’ Fruity at 5 Cumming Drive Mount Florida, Glasgow G42 9AE.

Neighbourhood

Inside the Neighbourhood Glasgow zero-waste shop.

For Shawlands locals, Neighbourhood is both a refill and low impact life store. Home to a wide range of zero-waste refill products – from food to cleaning products, you’ll also find a cafe and bakery, books, gifts, homewares and other ethical lifestyle products.

This dog-friendly shop is very welcoming to your four-legged friends. And if you’re lucky, you might even get to see the owner’s beautiful dog too!

Find Neighbourhood at 8 Skirving Street, Shawlands, Glasgow G41 3AA.

Gavin’s Mill

For those of you living in and around Milngavie, then Gavin’s Mill has a whole host of zero waste dry foods, cleaning and personal care products.

Bring along any container that you like; a mason jar, jam jar, margarine tub, cotton bag, whatever. Gavin’s Mill says if it can be weighed, it can be used! If you ever forget to bring a container of your own, you could use one of Gavin’s Mill donated jars or paper bags.

Housed in a former corn mill, Gavin’s Mill also contains a fair trade shop, café and event space for community projects.

Find Gavin’s Mill at Gavin’s Mill Road, Milngavie, Glasgow, G62 6NB. For anyone from out of town then my top tip of the day is that Milngavie is pronounced Mull-guy. It’s just Just so you know to help avoid any red faces if you need to ask anyone for directions, or buy a train or bus ticket!

Other Zero-Waste Shopping Opportunities In Glasgow

Whilst you couldn’t consider Asda as plastic-free or zero-waste shop, it’s worth noting that Asda at Toryglen in Glasgow is Asda’s first refill store in Scotland. Launched in September 2021, the refill section features an extensive range of branded and own-brand products sold in a loose format. This includes pasta, rice, tea, coffee and cereals. Bring your own containers, or if you forget, you can buy a reusable container in the store.

Asda vows that all unpackaged products will be the same price or cheaper than their packaged equivalents.

Find Asda Toryglen at 555 Prospecthill Road, Glasgow G42 0AE.

Your Glasgow Zero-Waste Shops Recommendations?

Do you have any recommendations for zero-waste shops in Glasgow that I’ve missed? Do let me know in the comments below and I’ll be sure to add them here.

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22 Zero Waste Shops in Edinburgh To Try In 2022

Looking for the best zero-waste shops in Edinburgh? I’ve got over 20 shops for you where you can shop plastic-free and refill to your heart’s content.

A few years ago I put together a guide to ethical shopping in Edinburgh. I really need to go back at some point and update it, as the ethical shopping scene has changed so much in the city since then.

In part, this is because since then heaps of zero waste shops in Edinburgh have popped up. That ethical shopping guide is definitely missing those inclusions. Whilst I could have just gone back and included zero-waste shops in the guide, I wanted to shine a dedicated spotlight on Edinburgh’s refill shops.

This spotlight is needed, as due to the pandemic and the cost of living crisis, zero-waste shops are struggling. We’ve seen casualties in Edinburgh, with the Eco Larder sadly closing both of its Edinburgh shops in February of this year, after four years of trading.

22 Zero Waste Shops in Edinburgh

The inside of a a refill shop, with a blue text box that reads over 20 zero-waste shops in Edinburgh to help you ditch plastic.

With some zero-waste shops warning us to “use us or lose us“, I’ve put together this handy guide to making plastic-free shopping in Edinburgh easy and more accessible.

Whether you are a local looking to refill your jars, or a visitor looking to pick up some plastic-free essentials on your trip, here are 22 of the best zero-waste shops in Edinburgh:

The Refillery

As one of the original zero waste shops in Edinburgh, there are now three The Refillery locations across the city – from the city centre to further afield. Here you can find everything you could need. From loose dried staples to snacks, to cleaning products, personal care items and more. In fact, The Refillery sell over 1000 products that have been ethically sourced with zero plastic.

Not able to get to one of their stores? Local and national delivery options are available. Alternatively, you can Click & Collect, to make plastic-free shopping a breeze.

Find The Refillery in the City Centre at Unit 1, Waverley Market, Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ. I was confused by the Waverley Market name – if you’ve been in Edinburgh for a while then this used to be called the Princes Mall or Waverley Mall. Occupying the store that used to be Oasis, this bright and shiny store is well placed for picking up zero waste snacks before your train departs from Waverley Station. As one of the few zero-waste shops in Edinburgh’s city centre, it’s also handy for picking up food staples without having to go too far out of your way.

For those on the south side of the city, the Newington branch at 39 Newington Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1QW is well placed for all your refill needs. This is the original Refillery.

And for those in the west of the city, the Corstorphine store is a relatively recent addition to the Refillery family. Find it at 119 b/c St. John’s Road, Corstorphine, EH12 7SB.

Weigh To Go Zero-Waste Shop

Live in Leith? Head on over to Leith Walk and discover Weigh To Go. From store cupboard staples, such as nuts, seeds and dried fruits, to herbs, loose tea, cleaning products, and personal care items, this zero-waste shop has you covered.

As well as dried goods, Weigh To Go has some fresh produce options. This includes local organic eggs, locally made organic oat milk in glass bottles, and milk in glass bottles.

Find Weigh To Go at 27 Crighton Place, Leith, Edinburgh, EH7 4NY.

Dig In Bruntsfield

Dig In Bruntsfield, a community greengrocer, is owned and run by the community, for the community’s benefit. They do their best to keep their shelves full of affordable, good food and the household items you need most.

Whilst not entirely zero-waste, it’s a great place to pick up loose fruit and vegetables for those south of the city centre. In fact, Dig In works with local and regional producers and suppliers to stock a wide range of fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and eggs. Dig In also offers weekly fruit and vegetable boxes, including an organic option.

Find them at 119 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4EQ

The New Leaf Co-Op

Inside at the New Leaf Co-Op in Edinburgh

Live near Marchmont? Hotfoot it to The New Leaf Co-op – a wholefood workers cooperative.

With a focus on products that are fresh, local, organic, come in low packaging, and are reasonably priced, it’s popular with university students and locals alike.

Here you can bring your empty jars and produce bags, and help yourself to over 50 scoop-your-own ingredients and snacks. This includes nuts and seeds, dried fruits, pasta, couscous, grains and rice. The New Leaf Co-Op also offer more than 100 loose herbs and spices, which they say are the best value in town, as well as a selection of loose teas.

As well as dried staples, New Leaf Co-op offers a wide range of fresh ingredients from local suppliers. This includes local organic fruit and vegetables, and baked goods from local bakeries.

You can even grind your own nut butter at New Leaf Co-Op. You can grind your own almond butter on Monday, cashew butter on Tuesday and peanut butter throughout the rest of the week. There’s even a chocolate peanut butter happy hour on a Saturday afternoon.

As well as food, New Leaf Co-Op also offers a host of refillable cleaning products for the body and home. Bring a bottle or a jar and fill up!

Visit New Leaf Co-Op at 23 Argyle Place, Edinburgh, EH9 1JJ.

The Gull’s Grocery Zero-Waste Shop

The Gull’s Grocery is a new zero-waste shop on Edinburgh’s Ferry Road, opened in 2021. This trans-led organisation actively works for diversity, equality, and transparency in its business. It also does not sell products from companies which use violence, slavery, and/or unethical business practice.

Offering a selection of household and body care refill products, you can also find plastic-free groceries. Bring along your jars, and refill pasta and grains, flour, muesli, dried fruit, nuts, and sweet treats. Refill on organic sunflower oil or olive oil, and stock on milk and plant-based milk in glass jars.

Find The Gull’s Grocery at 124a Ferry Road, Edinburgh, EH6 4PG.

Real Foods

Real Foods has been selling foods and household goods to ethically-minded Edinburgh shoppers since 1975 from their Tollcross and Broughton Street stores. Whilst not entirely plastic-free, both stores offer a wide variety of dried ethically sourced grocery items that you can pack into your own containers, including cereals, muesli, flour, nuts and seeds, pulses, rice, and even bird food.

What’s more, their own brand groceries, Real Foods Essentials and Real Foods Organics are packed in fully compostable, cellulose bags rather than in plastic.

As well as dried goods, loose organic fruit and vegetables and baked goods, are also available, many of which are from local suppliers.

The Tollcross store looks small from the outside, but it’s an actual warren in there. Wander through the maze of aisles, and you’ll stumble upon the cleaning and body care refill section. Here over 25 products are available for refill.

Find the Real Foods Tollcross store at 8 Brougham St, Edinburgh EH3 9JH.

In the Broughton Street area? Find the Real Foods Broughton store at 37 Broughton St, Edinburgh EH1 3JU.

Easter Greens

As Scotland’s first (and only) 100% vegan grocery store, Easter Greens have two shops in the city – one on Easter Road, and the other across Edinburgh in Morningside.

Again, whilst not entirely plastic-free, both stores do offer refill products.

Whilst you can find vegan liquid refills in both stores – for both household and body – the larger Morningside store also offers a selection of dried foodstuffs for refill. This includes rice, lentils, dried peas, oatmeal, oats, muesli, nuts and more.

In the Easter Road area? Visit Easter Greens at 4 Easter Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5RG.

In Morningside? Visit the store at 179 Morningside Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4QP.

Locavore Edinburgh

As a social enterprise, Locavore exists to help build a more sustainable local food system which is better for the local economy, the environment and the community. Well established in Glasgow, they’ve recently opened up their first shop on the east coast on Edinburgh’s Dalry Road.

Selling a range of zero-waste refill goods, such as loose organic grains, pulses, flours, herbs and spices, don’t forget to bring your jars and bags! The store also sells loose fresh local and organic fruit and vegetables. What’s more, they also offer organic and local cheese, dairy and vegan-friendly dairy alternatives. It’s a great addition to Edinburgh’s zero-waste scene.

Find Locavore at 118-126 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2EZ.

The Good Store

The outside of the Good Store zero waste shop in Edinburgh, with the two owners standing smiling.

In the Golden Acre area? Lucky you! The Good Store offers a fantastic selection of zero-waste refill products.

Run by two sisters, the store offers heaps of plastic-free refills for all your cooking and baking needs. From gluten-free refill products to herbs and spices, cereals and pulses, grains and pasta, and more. You can also pick up organic fruit and vegetable boxes,

Don’t live near Golden Acre? You don’t have to miss out! The Good Store offers free cargo bike delivery across Edinburgh on all orders over £50.

Find The Good Store at 13 Montagu Terrace, Edinburgh, EH3 5QX.

Edinburgh Food Sharing Hub

As Scotland’s first rescued food shop, the Food Sharing Hub exists to save surplus food from supermarkets and small businesses around Edinburgh from the bin.

Run by environmental cooperative the Shrub Co-Op, and their team of dedicated volunteers, whilst it isn’t zero-waste in the sense of refilling your jars, it is zero-waste from the perspective of preventing food waste. Shrub Co-Op say they save 1.63 tonnes of food through the Food Sharing Hub per month. That’s a saving of 7.69 tonnes of carbon equivalent.

The Food Sharing Hub works with a host of local supermarkets and small businesses via Fareshare and Neighbourly to rescue surplus food that might otherwise end up in landfill. They get a lot of fresh produce – including fruits and vegetables and bread and baked goods that are still tasty and safe to eat past their ‘best before date’. They also get seasonal products that shops need to clear away, dented tins, cut flowers and all sorts of surprises.

The hub is open to everyone. Simply come along, fill a basket with food and pay as you feel.

Find the Food Sharing Hub at 22 Bread Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AF.

Rosevear Tea

If tea is your thing, and you want to avoid plastic in your tea, then head to Rosevear Tea.

With over 155 loose leaf teas, including black, white, green, oolong and herbal teas, you will be spoiled for choice. What’s more, bring in your own containers to be refilled, and receive a 50p discount on the price of the tea.

Visit the Bruntsfield Store at 100 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh, EH10 4ES.

Near Broughton Street? Visit the store at 71 Broughton Street, Edinburgh, EH1 3RJ.

Or near Clerk Street? Visit Rosevear Tea at 17 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JH.

Pekoe Tea

Pekoe Tea is another loose leaf tea shop in Edinburgh, where you can fill up your own container of loose leaf tea.

Here, you can find a wide variety of the finest single-estate teas as well as unique hand-crafted blends made in their Edinburgh tea factory in Leith.

Visit Pekoe Tea at 11 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 8LN.

Edinburgh Natural Skincare

If you are looking for plastic-free hair and skincare items, then Edinburgh Natural Skincare is a veritable treat for the senses. From solid shampoo and conditioner bars to gorgeous solid hand cream bars, and glass jars full of moisturisers and other treats for the skin, this is the place to go in the city.

These beautiful handmade products are made in Scotland with only 100% natural ingredients and the purest essential oils. It’s a fantastic place to go if you are looking for zero-waste gift ideas in Edinburgh.

Find Edinburgh Natural Skincare at 57 Cockburn Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1BS

Other Zero Waste Shopping Options In Edinburgh

Inside of a zero-waste refill store.

Whilst you wouldn’t consider the following as zero-waste shops, some big-name stores in Edinburgh now offer refill options.

Marks & Spencer at The Gyle now offers a refill section. The Fill Your Own section offers more than 60 lines of refillable groceries. This includes pasta, rice, cereal, nuts, frozen fruit and a range of bake-at-home items, such as all-butter croissants, pain au chocolats, and apricot twists.

Find it at M&S, 24a Gyle Avenue, Edinburgh, EH12 9JS.

For those in the Stockbridge area, the Raeburn Place Scotmid offers a refill station where customers can fill up on different dry products. This includes pasta, couscous, coffee, dried fruit, and baking and cleaning essentials, which have been provided by Glasgow-based co-operative, Greencity Wholefoods.

Find it at Scotmid Stockbridge, 36-38 Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, EH4 1HN.

Some Holland & Barrett stores offer packaging-free shopping options – such as dried foods, nuts, and treats. I know the Princes St store offers this, but can’t say for certainty about other stores in the city.

Find it at Holland & Barrett, 18-19 Princes Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2AN

For a bonus 23rd shop, I’ve been passed some local insider knowledge that for those of you in the South West of Edinburgh, then Mark McGills Butcher & Bakery in Currie is the place to go. It looks like it has a great selection of refill products for your cooking, baking and breakfast needs.

Find the store at 124 Lanark Rd West, Currie EH14 5NY

If you have any more suggestions for this list, get in touch! And a huge thank you to the egg Edinburgh community for their valuable input into this list.

If you are Glasgow-based, then I haven’t forgotten about you! Do also check out my guide to zero-waste shops in Glasgow.