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Zero Waste Week: The London indies helping you switch out plastic

It’s Zero Waste Week and, while yet another national week of something usually generates a fair amount of eye-rolling in the LBC office, this one we’re keen to get behind.

Ditching the plastic is getting easier by the day – with businesses like Circla, Top up Truck, Re:Store, Greener Habits and The People’s Pantry delivering to your door and offering savings to Local Buyers Club members.

A recent study by Science Advances suggests that 91% of the world's plastic waste to date has never been recycled. Around 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans every year which is bad for marine life and bad for our health.

If you’re looking to make some simple switches to reduce the amount of rubbish you produce and move away from single-use plastic, check out the following fab companies in the Club.

This Islington-based firm delivers refillable plastic-free products to your door, from soap and shampoo to cleaning products for the home. When you’ve emptied them – let them know, leave your empty bottles outside the door and they’ll bring a refill. Every order is delivered by bike or electric vehicle. They’re currently delivering to Zones 1 and 2.

Local Buyers Club members save 15%

Order refills to your neighbourhood via electric milk float!

If you live in Hackney or Islington, book in a visit from the zero waste Top up Truck or, for Crouch End and Muswell Hilll, we're big fans of The People's Pantry.

Operating from old electric milk floats these fab businesses bring plastic-free shopping to your street. Simply bring your clean and empty containers outside and stock up on a range of zero-waste products from cereal, pasta and pulses and snacks to cleaning and bathroom products. Book ahead!

Local Buyers Club members save 10%

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.

Local Buyers Club members save 10%

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%.

DabbaDrop delivers delicious vegan 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 and ready to heat. Anshu, whose family come from Mumbai, uses her mum’s recipes for inspiration.

First curry free for Local Buyers Club members

If the sight of cucumbers wrapped in plastics and veggies drenched in pesticides sends your blood pressure soaring, ditch the supermarket and head for Growing Communities. Their fruit and vegetables are organic and seasonal and farmers are paid a fair price. While they're not completely plastic-free, they do their best to minimise packaging.

Local Buyers Club receive a free bag of veg when they sign up.

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.

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.

Local Buyers Club members save 10%

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 love 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.

Local Buyers Club members save 10%

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!

Local Buyers Club members save 10%

The discounts

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Small but determined

We’re a small company too, but we have big ambitions to help small businesses thrive and to do all we can to harness the power of London’s amazing communities to help people in need. If you're not a Club member yet, we'd love to welcome you aboard! (Visit to join).

Jenna and Basil


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