As you know, at Taste France Magazine we care a lot about sustainability, so buying food in bulk is key. You can read all about the movement here. Now let’s share with you five brilliant zero waste places where you can do so, online or in real life - with French recipe ideas thrown in as well to make the most of your summer days!
Eco-friendly French wine: Marcel the wineman
We’ve introduced you to Maxence Masurier, founder of French wine merchant Made in Little France in our Expat Diaries series. Inspired by the milkman, he now also runs Marcel the Wineman, delivering French wine refills from small producers straight to your doorstep in Hackney and Islington. With each carbon-neutral delivery on his electric cargo bike, Marcel collects your empty bottles to refill them. Which means you’re acting for the planet, drinking delicious wine, and all from the comfort of your own home. Santé!
Free delivery from 3 bottles
Marcel the Wineman
Originally from Australia, this bulk, plastic-free chain was brought to the UK in 2018. It now boasts shops in Battersea, Brighton, Chiswick, Crouch End, Putney, Richmond and West Hampstead. It also delivers anywhere in the UK.
In the dried spice aisle, one of our summer favourites to fill up on has to be Herbes de Provence. This blend of herbs from the South of France is made up of marjoram, thyme, savory, rosemary, and oregano. Sprinkle it generously over barbecued meat or roast potatoes and you’ll instantly hear the crickets chirping. If you’re feeling a little creative, then give a go to our marinated chicken, avocado, sweet potato and herbes de Provence bowl.
In March 2019, Megan Adams opened her conscious refill shop in Hackney Downs Studios in East London. Since then, her beautifully minimalistic store has become a staple for home and kitchen essentials to the creative local community.
We love the artisan apple balsamic vinegar made from a small orchard in Normandy (North-West France) by family business Maison Le Paulmier. Aged for five years in wood casks, it will definitely bring rich texture and flavours to your summer salads, or brighten up the side salad of your croque-monsieur.
Local click-and-collect and electric bike deliveries up to 6km from the shop
Shop 6, Hackney Downs Studios
17 Amhurst Terrace, London E8 2BT
Monday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-5pm
Shop Zero in Nottingham
Sarah Maloy opened her sage-green zero waste shop in 2018, focusing on great quality sustainable products - from food and drinks to personal care. She also hosts many eco-friendly workshops and talks.
Load up on wholewheat pasta to make refreshing yet filling summer salads, like this bright and sunny pistou pasta salad with grilled vegetables.
Local click-and-collect and cycle deliveries within 3 miles of the city centre, nationwide postal delivery
Shop Zero 42A Friar Lane, Nottingham NG1 6DQ
Monday 12-5pm, Tuesday-Wednesday 11am-5pm, Thursday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5.30pm, Sunday 12-4pm
Earth.Food.Love: the Zero Waste Shop, Totnes, Devon
Inspired by a Berlin outlet, pioneers Nicola and Richard opened the very first plastic-free shop in Britain in 2017, with customers coming over with their own jars to fill up with the organic, loose, self-serve products to choose from.
This summer, stock up on Puy lentils to make the most delicious apéritif dip. Our French take on the classic chickpea version, this Puy lentils hummus is good spread on anything and everything! Make sure to use good quality extra-virgin olive oil, like the PDO Vallée des Baux-de-Provence olive oil for extra smoothness.
The Zero Waste Shop
101 High Street,
Totnes TQ9 5PF, Devon 01803 863 399