Refill and repeat with this handy guide to the best zero-waste shops in Sheffield.
If you’re trying to avoid single-use plastic, then it can be tricky when it comes to your weekly grocery shop. Most mainstream supermarkets and brands aren’t cutting back on single-use plastic or switching to reusable packaging as quickly as we would like.
Thankfully, an increasing number of zero-waste shops are popping up around the country. These shops allow us to shop for our day-to-day needs without contributing to the single-use plastic problem. Simply pop some containers in your bag and you can refill and repeat the zero-waste way.
Sheffield is no exception on the list of UK cities with an expanding network of zero-waste shops. It was voted the UK’s Greenest City after all. As such, this South Yorkshire city is home to several top-notch zero-waste shops offering a wide range of refill products – from food and drink to personal care and cleaning items.
Guide To The Best Zero-Waste Shops In Sheffield
If you’ve been inspired by local environmental initiatives such as Grey to Green Sheffield or the work of the Sheffield Environmental Movement or Environmental Action South Yorkshire (EASY), to name but a few, then you might be wondering just where to find these refill shops?
Well, wonder no more. Here are some of our favourites in this corner of the north-east:
The Bare Alternative
The Bare Alternative is a low-waste lifestyle and refill shop providing affordable zero-waste shopping in Sheffield.
As South Yorkshire’s biggest refill store, the Bare Alternative sells a wide variety of loose food items. As such you’ll find dry produce such as cereals, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, pasta and rice, flour and sugar and liquid refills of almost every foodstuff you could need.
You’ll also find household and personal care items, and natural toys and chews for your pets. And should you forget your own containers, then you can even buy reusable containers to use in case you forget your own.
With online shopping and free home delivery on orders over £50 throughout Sheffield and the surrounding areas, The Bare Alternative makes eco-living easy.
Find The Bare Alternative at 332 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FN.
Our Zero Waste Shop
For anyone living near the University of Sheffield, Our Zero Waste Shop – located in Our Shop in the Students Union – is the perfect place to stock up on zero-waste supplies.
Whilst it might be located in the students union, I’ve double-checked with the university and it has clarified that “anyone can use the zero waste shop in the students union, it’s open to the public.”
This is good news as Our Zero Waste Shop sells a wide range of packaging-free herbs and spices, grains, legumes, dried fruits and nuts, and even pick ‘n’ mix vegan sweets. Each product is sold by weight so you can buy as much or as little as you need, helping to prevent food waste. Just bring your own container, buy one from the shop, or use one of the paper bags provided.
Our Zero Waste Shop also has refill stations for your empty bottles of household products. From laundry detergent to liquid hand soap and multi-surface cleaner, there’s everything you could need for a spick-and-span home.
To keep yourself clean, there are also refill stations for shampoo, conditioner, liquid hand soap and more.
You can even pick up a range of recycled and sustainable products in-store. This includes recycled kitchen and toilet rolls and sustainable kitchenware.
Find Our Zero Waste Shop at Our Shop, Sheffield Student’s Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG.
For those of you living in the Crookes area of the city, Unwrapped is the shop for you. Started up by two friends – Bex and Kirsty – Unwrapped has been serving the area since 2018.
This welcoming shop offers a delicious variety of dried vegan and vegetarian foods – including grains, pulses, cereals, dried fruits, baking supplies, and snacks. It’s the perfect spot to fill your kitchen cupboards.
You’ll also find eco-friendly personal care and household products to refill – just don’t forget a bottle or jar!
Find Unwrapped at 152-154 Crookes, Sheffield, S10 1UH.
It’s All About Eco
It’s All About Eco is a zero-waste shop bringing affordable, plastic-free shopping to Dore Village in Sheffield and the surrounding areas.
This well-stocked shop offers a wide selection of dried foods, including staples such as pasta and rice, as well as non-food refill products. These include shampoos, conditioners, shower gel, laundry liquids, cleaning products and much more.
As well as refill products, It’s All About Eco also sells a range of eco-friendly products. This includes products such as shampoo bars, conditioner bars, bamboo toothbrushes, plastic-free toothpaste, dishwashing bars, bamboo toilet roll, eco beauty products, plastic-free mineral sunscreen, green baby products and much more.
Find It’s All About Eco at 31 Townhead Road, Dore, Sheffield S17 3GD.
As Sheffield’s original zero-waste shopping experience, at Moor Market, you can find a host of packaging-free everyday essentials. As a renowned indoor food and drink market, it offers the widest range of fresh produce in the region.
Here you can browse loose fruit and vegetables from a host of traders, to packaging-free fresh bread, pastries and cakes from Turner’s Bakers’. And looking for a taste of Greece? Green Leaves offers feta cheese and olives – just bring your own container to make it zero-waste. With over 90 traders under one roof, you’re spoiled for choice.
Find The Moor Market at 77 The Moor, Sheffield City Centre, Sheffield S1 4PF.
Looking for more zero-waste shopping guides? For those in the southeast, then try my guide to the best zero-waste shops in London. If you are in the Midlands, try my guide to zero-waste shops in Nottingham. And for those in the southwest, then try my guide to zero-waste shops in Bristol.