Jackie Sewell and Rachael Brien opened Buy the Kilo in Tynemouth to give customers a brand new shopping experience. Ditching all plastic packaging, the shop encourages you to fill re-usable containers with their wide range of ingredient and products – think pasta, rice, seeds, household cleaning products and homeware products. Customers can buy however much, or however little they want – you don’t have to buy a kilo!
Matthias Winter is Hexham’s eco-home shop. Conscious of the impact of global consumerism, they want to make every pound spent one that is carefully considered. Having recently increased their range of eco-friendly products for the home to help people make the transition to a more sustainable lifestyle, Matthias Winter support artisan-made products made in the North East, including jewellery, wood work, original art and cards.
Something Good brings together all the products we use on a daily-basis to help make our everyday routines less wasteful. Think simple and affordable pantry essentials, like porridge oats and penne pasta (and organic treats including milk chocolate buttons and slabs), as well as cleaning and bathroom essentials including shampoo and conditioner, toilet cleaner and washing up liquid. Simply bring your own bottle or container, or purchase one in store, then fill, weigh and pay – and return to re-fill without throwing anything away.
This store are a go-to for everything from bread, courtesy of FAB Bakery, milk, refills, coffee and loose leaf teas to toilet rolls and even biodegradable poo bags for pups. It’s one very easy way to start making changes towards using less plastic.
Nil Living is an innovative new brand, set up by Lucy Ritson, providing customers across the North East with the opportunity to cut down on their plastic usage. Their pop-up refill station in Newcastle’s Grainger Market allows for household and personal goods, including washing powder and shampoo, to be refilled as well as the chance to swap your empty bottles for refilled ones.
This shop does exactly what it says on the tin. Offers you the opportunity to buy what you need, plastic free. From their extensive range of dried fruits (dried pears; figs; dates; apple rings; sour cherries; raisins; sultanas; currants; mixed peel; apricots; banana chips; sun-dried tomatoes and cranberries) to vegan hair styling clay, this shop is a great way to introduce small changes into your daily routine.
Providing zero-waste options in the North East for six years, The Paddock began as an organic fruit and veg box scheme with a focus on minimal and recycled packaging, and organic, ethical and sustainable food. Now, their Farm Shop offers a range of eco-friendly and zero-waste options, including organic milk in glass bottles with a bottle-deposit scheme, eco-friendly cleaning products, bamboo toothbrushes, toothpaste, beeswax wraps, plastic-free deodorants, soaps and shampoo bars, toilet and kitchen rolls.