Cut your plastic waste, and refill and repeat with this handy guide to the best zero-waste shops in Bristol.
Bristol has, for the last one thousand years, been one of the most important trading centres in the UK. It will therefore come as no surprise that the number of sustainable shopping opportunities in and around the city is blooming.
If you’re in Bristol and looking to cut down on your plastic waste, then let’s take a look at the best the city has to offer in terms of zero-waste and refill shops.
Guide To The Best Zero Waste Shops In Bristol
Here are my top zero-waste shops in Bristol to know so you can find your local shop. Whether you are local to Bristol or simply visiting the city and need to stock up on supplies during your stay, there’s a shop for you!
Use the quick links below to navigate to information about each plastic-free shop or keep scrolling for the full post:
- Zero Green
- Smaller Footprints
- Southville Deli
- Scoop Wholefoods
- Simply Green Zero Waste
- Zero Waste Pantry
Located in Southville
As Bristol’s first-ever dedicated zero-waste shop, Zero Green, this store has been helping Southville residents slim their bins since 2018.
In the store, you’ll find bulk refills at reasonable prices, food sourced from local producers, and natural and plastic-free products.
A handy online ordering service, with next-day delivery or collection, makes for fuss-free refills. You don’t even have to live in the Southville area – delivery is free, all over Bristol, on orders over £50.
Find Zero Green at 80 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1HJ.
Tuesdays – Fridays – 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm on a Thursday)
Saturdays – 9 am to 5 pm
Sundays 10 am – 4 pm
Located in Bedminster, Bishopston, Redfield and Westbury on Trym
Preserve is a family-run chain of zero-waste shops that are dotted around Bristol.
Intending to make sustainable, organic, vegan and plastic-free shopping affordable and accessible to as many people as possible, its well-laid-out and reasonably priced stores certainly allow for this.
You’ll find everything you need to put together a sustainable pantry. Think baking ingredients, cereals, chocolate and sweets, drinks, preserves, spreads, dried fruit, herbs and spices, nuts and snacks, oils and vinegar, pasta, pulses, rice and grains, seeds and teas, coffee and hot chocolate.
And as well as pantry essentials, you’ll find toiletries, cleaning products, and sustainable gifts. Preserve is essentially your one-stop shop for sustainable living!
You can shop in-store or you can use click-and-collect for extra convenience.
Find Preserve at:
- Bedminster: 72 East Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4EY
- Bishopton: 208 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8NU
- Redfield: 132 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9HH
- Westbury on Trym: 71 Westbury Hill, Westbury on Trym, Bristol BS9 3AD
9:30 am – 6 pm Monday to Friday
9 am – 5:30 pm Saturday
11 am – 4 pm Sunday (Westbury store closed on Sundays)
Located in Clifton
For Clifton residents looking to go zero-waste, then Smaller Footprints has you covered.
With shelves packed full of plastic-free rice, pasta, cereals, beans and legumes, grains and pulses, loose-leaf tea and coffee, herbs and spices, oils, cleaning products and more – just try not to forget your jars or bags! And if you do, then don’t worry. Smaller Footprints offers a range of sustainable packaging options for your food.
We also love Smaller Footprint’s grind-your-own nut butter service, allowing you to zero-waste your peanut butter habit!
Find Smaller Footprints at 9 Regent Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4HW.
Tuesdays – Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm (6 pm on a Thursday).
Located in Bedminster and Redfield
Southville Deli has been proud to offer plastic-free shopping options since 2009.
Since then, it has gradually increased its range of packaging-free goods for sale. Now, in 2023, both of Southville Deli’s stores have an impressive range of dried store cupboard staples that you can scoop into your own containers (or paper bags if you forget your containers!).
As well as a huge selection of dried foods, you can also find oat milk dispensers and a wide range of Ecover and Bio-D household cleaning product refills and refillable Faith in Nature hair and body products.
Whilst at the deli, you can also stock up on a range of organic and whole foods, fresh bread, pastries and cakes. This is as well as Southville Deli’s gluten-free, wheat-free, vegetarian and vegan products, or its tasty selection of local cheeses, olives and cold meats.
And should you need a break from refilling your jars, you can sit down and enjoy a hot drink at one of their pavement tables. Perfection!
Find Southville Deli at 262 North Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 1JA and 259 – 261 Church Road, Redfield, Bristol, BS5 9HT.
Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.30 pm (Redfield store opens at 8:30 am)
Saturday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm (Redfield store opens at 8:30 am)
Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Located in Clifton
Scoop Wholefoods launched in Bristol in August 2019, creating a convenient one-stop zero-waste shop where customers could buy all the products they need, without any plastic packaging.
With a vast selection of dried foods – Scoop Wholefoods say that it offers the UK’s largest range of natural and organic whole foods in bulk – these are either sourced from independent local growers or imported from ethical suppliers.
As well as in-store shopping, Scoop Wholefoods also offers a free click-and-collect service and a handy delivery service to local postcodes.
Find Scoop Wholefoods at 98A Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2QY.
Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 6 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 4 pm
Located in Bishopston
With charming old-school vibes, Bishopton-based Scoopaway offers a handy refill service for its best-selling whole foods.
With over 300 loose items to choose from, including organic and fairtrade teas, freshly roasted coffee, herbs and spices, pulses, grains, cereals, sugars, rice, and dried fruit, you’ll be sure to find what you need.
And as well as loose products, you can also stock up on cooking supplies, jams, spreads, cereals and honey, as well as speciality items such as tamarind and gluten-free bread mixes.
Find Scoopaway at 113 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AT.
9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday
Simply Green Zero Waste
Located in Nailsea
Starting life as a market stall, before opening a store in March 2019, Simply Green Zero Waste offers a staggering array of plastic-free products to Nailsea residents.
From baking supplies to grains, herbs, snacks, spices and more – you name and there’s a good chance that Simply Green Zero Waste stocks it! You’ll even find cleaning supplies, plastic-free toilet rolls as well as a whole host of plastic-free essentials.
As well as shopping in-store, you can shop online or use the handy drop-and-collect service. Here you can leave your containers with Simply Green Zero Waste to be filled up and then collected at your leisure.
Find Simply Green Zero Waste at 132 The High Street, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1AH.
Monday to Saturday – 9:30 am to 5 pm
Zero Waste Pantry
Located in Wrington
For those in the Wrington area of Bristol, then Zero Waste Pantry is at your service.
With over 300 dry goods available in gravity bins, scoop bins or jars, you’ll find a whole host of plastic-free supplies. This includes flour, rice, pulses, lentils, dried fruit and nuts. The store also has a range of herbs and spices as well as loose-leaf tea.
Zero Waste Pantry also stocks a range of cleaning products and health and beauty products for refill. This includes refillable hand wash, shampoo, and conditioner. So do make sure you save empty bottles for refilling!
If you do forget your own containers, recycled brown paper bags are available. Zero Waste Pantry also handily runs a jar bank – where you can take donated jars (or donate your own jars for use by other customers).
Will we’re certain you’ll find all the packaging-free supplies that you need, Zero Waste Pantry does say that if there is anything it doesn’t stock, then just ask! That’s the kind of service we love.
Find Zero Waste Pantry at 4A High Street, Wrington, Bristol, BS40 5QA.
Tuesday to Saturday – 10 am – 5 pm (7 pm on a Thursday)
Located in Bishopston
Harvest is a worker-owned co-operative that sells fairly traded vegan and vegetarian food, and environmentally friendly household products – most of which are refillable. Here you can use your own containers, or use the paper bags provided.
As well as cupboard staples like rice, pasta and breakfast cereals, Harvest also stocks over 80 herbs and spices from across the globe.
You can shop in-store, or use the handy click-and-collect service. Here, orders made before 1 pm are guaranteed to be ready for collection by 10 am the next day, and you will be contacted when your order is ready for collection.
Find Harvest at 11 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol BS7 8AA.
Monday to Friday – 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm
Do you have any more top zero-waste shop recommendations in Bristol? Let me know – we’d be delighted to feature them here.
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