12 Great Zero-Waste Shops Across Yorkshire and the North East
The rise of zero-waste shops means it's easier to make a switch to more sustainable living
Nil Living, Newcastle
Designed for those seeking a plastic-free, zero-waste and environmentally-friendly lifestyle, Nil Living began trading at weekend markets in 2019. Now with a permanent residency inside the Grainger Market, and several awards later, you’ll find everything from organic and vegan foods to cruelty-free household cleaning products, and of course, a refill station where you can top up your own bottles and containers from the pantry.
173–175 Grainger Market, Newcastle NE15QW
Grow Refill Store, Huddersfield
Taking the approach that shopping doesn’t have to cost the earth, Grow Refill Store is a family-run business stocking everything from personal care and household items to pantry essentials. Grab a recyclable, compostable paper bag and fill it with what you fancy. Bringing your own containers? Simply weigh them first then fill up as you go.
37 Commercial Road, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield HD8 9DA
The Green House, Ripon
Unlike other zero-waste stores, The Green House specialises in eco-friendly household and garden supplies. You won’t find pasta and cereal stations here, but what you will discover is a selection of planet-friendly refillable cleaning products, garden care and luxury treats.
11 North Street, Ripon HG4 1JY
Buy the Kilo, Tynemouth
Mother and daughter duo Jackie and Rachael Sewell run Buy the Kilo, which is housed on platform one in Tynemouth Metro Station. With more than 550 products, ranging from foods including flour, oils and oat milks to cleaning products and hygiene items such as shampoos and shower gels, this refill shop makes it easy to be sustainable.
3 The Sidings, Tynemouth Metro Station NE30 2TF
The Bishy Weigh, York
On the corner of York’s iconic Bishopthorpe Road, you’ll find this cosy refill shop selling hundreds of ingredients, household goods, toiletries and gifts, most of which are sold by weight. Weigh your bag or container, get the label and pay for your goods – it’s that simple.
1 Bishopthorpe Road, York YO23 1NA
Something Good, Jesmond
Founder Lauren had a desire to make our everyday routine a little less wasteful and a little more sustainable, so she started her business from a table on Tynemouth Market in 2019 before getting her permanent shop in Jesmond only a year later. Looking for the perfect sustainable gift? Head here for gorgeous planet-friendly hampers for the beauty-lovers, gardeners, home birds and chefs in your life.
265 Jesmond Road, Jesmond NE2 1LB
The Refill Jar, Beverley
This family-run zero waste shop in the heart of East Yorkshire was founded by Claire and Jamie. Open seven days a week, pop into the shop for self-dispensing foods and liquids, refills for toiletries and cleaning, and a wealth of non-food items to help you on your plastic-free journey.
Unit 4, Beaver House, Beverley HU17 0AA
The Market Place, Morpeth
Imogen combined two of her former businesses to create The Market Place, Morpeth’s eco-friendly shop and café. From shampoos to rice and pastas at the refill station, rest assured you’ll find what you’re after here. Plus, if you’re feeling peckish you can enjoy a tasty brunch in the healthy café after your shop.
1–2 Market Place West, Morpeth NE61 1HE
Not your typical grocery store, Jarfull in Harrogate focus on reducing waste and promoting reusing and refilling. Visit their store or shop online, where they offer local delivery and are happy to send plenty of their products UK-wide.
2 Bower Street, Harrogate HG1 5BQ
Peace With The Wild, Doncaster
Bring your own containers or use the ones that have been donated by the eco-community. You can even join Peace With The Wild’s rewards scheme and earn points every time you shop.
15 Mowbray Street, Epworth DN9 1HR
Earth Unwrapped, Northallerton
This local refill shop is all about championing local producers, including Yorkshire Pasta Company, Wharfe Valley rapeseed oils and Miniml cleaning supplies. You can also stock your pantry or refill your shampoos (including dog shampoo) at the refill stations.
8 Market Row, Barkers Arcade, Northallerton DL7 8LN
The Weigh to Shop, Durham
From food to household essentials, Durham’s The Weigh to Shop stock a whole host of plastic-free alternatives. Simply weigh your jars or containers, fill them up and pay. No time to stop? Drop off your containers and let the team fill them up for you.
29c Front Street, Framwellgate Moor, Durham DH1 5EE