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 2022, after four years of trading.
22 Zero Waste Shops in Edinburgh
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:
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
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 reduced 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, that 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 practices.
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 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.
As Scotland’s first (and only) 100% vegan grocery store, Easter Greens has 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.
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
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 says 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.
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 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
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
And for those of you in the South West of Edinburgh, then I’ve been passed some local insider knowledge that 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
Zero-Waste Personal Care
For refills of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel and hand wash, The Body Shop offers a handy liquid refill service in its St James Quarter, Gyle Centre and Waverley Market (formerly Princes St Mall) stores. Now that the Body Shop is no longer owned by L’Oreal, the brand has gone back to its cruelty-free roots.
Find the St James Quarter store at The Body Shop, Unit SU2.19, 206 St James Crescent, Edinburgh, EH1 3AD.
Find the Waverley Market store at The Body Shop, 3/48 Waverley Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1BQ.
And find the Gyle Centre store at The Body Shop, 14a The Gyle Centre, Edinburgh, EH12 9JS.
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.