What do you list on the zero waste directory? How can I get a shop/project added to the list?

I’m keen to support shops and projects that help people to reduce waste. If you have a zero waste shop or project to add to the list, please send the details of what it offers, where it is based (ie nearest major town, county), and a link to a website if there is one.

As the list is for the whole of the UK, I’m afraid I can’t include every single place which sells something without packaging, or everywhere that sells sustainable goods, for reasons of time and space.

Also, the first rule of avoiding waste is ‘reduce.’  For this reason I don’t list businesses that encourage increased consumption with free giveaways, gift packs, and promoting the sale of various ‘sustainable’ paraphernalia that most people are unlikely to need. Consumption is the major cause of environmental degradation. I’m afraid I also don’t include online grocery stores, because it is not clear that these help to reduce waste.

Please note that this a zero waste site, not an anti-plastic site. Although plastic use can be wasteful (among other problems) it can also help to reduce waste, depending on how it is used. Plastic-free/paper bags/biodegradable packaging is not necessarily the same as zero waste.

Why are you in favour of plastic? Don’t you know it causes environmental problems?

I am neither for or against plastic, and I am fully aware of the environmental problems associated with it. I believe in basing decisions on the evidence.

Do you take commission to promote products/shops?