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10 Eco-friendly small business leading the way in London

Did you know 90% of all packaging is thrown away after just one use and that only 9% of plastic waste is recycled?

Ask many shoppers what’s the barrier to living more sustainably and they’ll tell you “convenience.” Here in London the tide is turning as new companies emerge and older companies adapt to bring sustainable products to your door.

Here are 10 independent London companies with a big conscience

Top up Truck

If you live in Hackney or Islington, book in a visit from Badger the zero waste Top up Truck!

Operating from an old electric milk float – this new business brings plastic-free shopping to your street. Simply bring your clean and empty containers outside and stock up on a range of ethical products from cereal, pasta and pulses and snacks to cleaning and bathroom products. Book the truck to visit your street or shop online for deliveries to your door.

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If you can’t pop in to this zero-waste shop in Hackney Downs, fear not! They deliver by electric cargo bike within 5km of the shop. They offer food, cleaning and bathroom products and much more. Food is delivered in paper bags and liquids in glass bottles, which you can return for a £1 refund.

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DabbaDrop delivers delicious, vegetarian curries by bicycle to your door in reusable ‘dabba’ tins so there’s no waste. Set up by Hackney friends Renee and Anshu, this gorgeous local company serves bold, bright, wholesome food that’s packed with flavour. Anshu, whose family come from Mumbai, uses her mum’s recipes for inspiration. Choose between food that’s ready to eat or ready to heat.

First curry free for Local Buyers Club members

The People' Pantry

This zero-waste refill service delivers to communities in N2, N3, N8, N10, N11 and N22. Packaging-free, sustainable household and pantry essentials. Choose to have your items delivered to your doorstep by Eric the bike or book a visit from Ernie, the repurposed milk float shop. Local Buyers Club members save 10%.

Streetbox London

Whether you're after a one-off fruit and veg box or a regular delivery, this eco-minded company sources from surplus, (preventing fruit and veg overbought by the wholesale market from going to waste). It comes plastic-free and every time you buy a StreetBox, they give another box to a charitable organisation helping to fight food poverty and educating people on better nutrition in London and beyond.

Fridge of Plenty

This Crouch End business stocks foods which are local, sustainable and largely plastic-free and they deliver within a 3 mile radius. As well as gorgeous locally-made cheeses and meat cured nearby, there’s a good selection of plant-based, vegetarian options, plus lots of store cupboard essentials, locally-baked bread, English wines and spirits, and an organic veg box.

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DAD - plant based meals delivered by bicycle in compostable packaging

Delicious, healthy, plant based meals delivered ready to heat in a few minutes. 100% home compostable packaging. We've tried these and they are very good indeed!

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Each year over 38 million water bottles and around 2.5 billion disposable coffee cups end up in landfill in the UK. Ditch the single-use plastic and invest in a gorgeous water bottle from that will last and keep your water lovely and cold or a travel cup that will keep your coffee piping hot! We've recently discovered Ohelo - a gorgeous new company based in Belsize Park that makes high quality insulated reusable water bottles & travel cups. All products are 100% leakproof & lead free.

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69B Boutique

This clothing shop on Broadway Market brings together designers who are socially and environmentally responsible. They pledge to only sell products that don't have an adverse impact on people or planet - from shoes made of recycled plastic bottles to t-shirts made from hemp and organic cotton. The business has a brilliant website and clothes are sent plastic-free in paper or compostable packaging. Their clothes are stunning!

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Greener Habits

This zero waste and vegan shop in Walthamstow delivers UK wide and offer affordable eco-friendly products. They choose planet, people and animals over profit, offering a huge range of package-free food products such as pasta, rice, beans, lentils, herbs and spices. They also have oils, vinegar, oat milk, peanut butter as well as self-care and cleaning products on tap. Local Buyers Club members save 10%.

Local Honey Man

This Walthamstow company is dedicated to reversing the decline of the honey bee. They have hundreds of hives (mainly here in London) and produce mainly raw, unpasteurised honey. Honeybees are essential for the planet's survival - without pollinating insects, many plants and crops wouldn't grow. In fact, the honey bee is the most prolific pollinator - responsible for around a third of all food crops.

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