Plastic free shopping in Surrey

Zero waste shopping in Surrey

Where can you buy eco stuff in your area?

Inside Out Health, Reigate

This is my local health shop. It’s run by qualified nutritionists and is fantastic for nutritional advice, all things natural for beauty products (skincare, vegan make-up, sun lotions, you name it), vitamins, minerals, food and even a range of eco knickers! When it comes to food it’s a great source for unusual health food items not stocked in run-of-the-mill Morrisons in town. They have a fantastic selection of whole foods, plant milks, grains, lentils, chocolate, as well as fridges with plant yogurts, tempeh, tofu, vegan spreads and even a good selection of vegan sandwiches and lunch options. They can also order any special items in for you.

Ashtead branch, opened March 2019

Ashtead branch, opened March 2019

Fetch’em from the Cupboard, Fetcham and Ashtead

I remember being dragged round the 'Scoop n Save' in my home town as a kid. They had big bins on the floor with scoops and you used paper bags. With the original 80s one in mind I trotted off to the new Ashtead store. It was considerably posher and more expensive than the one I remember! But, they had a really good range of produce (fresh and dry), easy-ish weighing scales and friendly staff.

Most of the shop has a range of package-free goods which you buy in weight. You can either take your own container or buy one of theirs. I used one of their paper bags to weigh out some granola. They had a good range of pulses, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, granola, etc.

They also have eco shampoo, conditioner and other liquids such as washing up liquid, laundry detergent. There’s a small fresh veg section, organic tinned goods and other health food shopping. Nearer the back are shampoo bars, toothbrushes, metal straws, toothpaste, etc.

I bought granola, a shampoo bar, compostable dental floss sticks and some vegan pate.

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