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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Plentiful: My Local Plastic Free Shop

Hannah Barnes

I finally made it to one of the two plastic free shops near me last weekend! I've been wanting to check it out for ages and as I'd heard of this one first, it seemed only fair to head their first. 

                            Plentiful, is located in Ramsbottom, less than 15 minutes from my home. You can take your own containers and jars or grab some whilst you're there. I ended up taking a mixture of large plastic containers - for pasta and noodles - and my collection of randomly acquired mason jars for rice and grains. I had no idea I had so many...or where they all came from. I also saved some apothecary style gin bottles and a ton of sauce jars, so I brought them along for anything else I might want in on.

I'd scoped things out a bit online before rocking up but still wasn't totally sure what to expect. I went with a vague list in mind and a readiness to try some new things. Their selection covers most bases with cereals; I indulged in some delicious granola, a few types of pasta, rice and other grains. They have gluten free vermicelli noodles, which I recently started cooking with and absolutely love! As well as cous cous, chick peas and lentils. I'm always a little afraid of lentils after a bad experience I had cooking with them, but have now vowed to give them another try.

I was in my element when it came to the herb section. I'm so inspired to start my own pristine collection of herb jars after seeing them lined up in all their green glory. I stocked up - using my rubbish old empties - on basil, ground coriander and parsley.

I also found some things for my sweet tooth! I wasn't sure if this was something they had covered at Plentiful, but they do, and all of the chocolate and confectionery items are premium quality. Yogurt coated raisins, milk and white chocolate all found their way into my jars. I was really pleased to spot this section of the store after noticing just how much the chocolate and crisp wrappers can add up at home.

Another section I stumbled upon were the liquids. So I used some spare bottles to grab a dollop of coconut body wash and some all purpose cleaner. The body wash, in particular, looks really cool in its new - or rather, re-loved - apothecary bottle.

My shop totaled out at about £25 and I got over a week's worth of both pasta and rice. Plus, the all purpose cleaner is concentrated so should last ages. I'm really impressed with the quality of the products I got for the price I paid and would totally recommend a trip to Plentiful. I'll be back pretty soon with some slightly larger jars for all those delicious sweet treats.

Here's everything I ended up buying:

My Shopping List...

Granola
White Pasta
White Rice
Vermicelli Noodles
Ground Coriander
Parsley
Basil
White Chocolate
Milk Chocolate
Yogurt Coated Raisins
Coconut Body Wash
All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate

Still Searching For...

Pet Food
Bay Leaves
Ground Coffee
Cooking Oil
Savoury Snacks
Cordial
Yeast

Know where I can find any of these bits? Let me know in the comments section below...

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.

22 comments:

  1. I've heard about these zero packagaing shops but not seen one as yet. I think I'd want to be able to park fairly close if I have to take all my own containers with me, as it could get quite heavy, but of course is a really good idea for sustainability. Mich x

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    1. Good point Michelle! Mine has parking nice and close :)

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  2. That's so good that you've done some plastic free shops, you should be so proud with how well you've done x

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    1. Thanks Rhian! I actually really enjoyed it.

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  3. I had no idea there were plastic free shops around, it's such a brilliant idea. We're trying to reduce our waste and it can be really hard when everything comes in plastic packaging. Hopefully there will be one near me I can go to.

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    1. I know! It's so frustrating isn't it. I hope you find one near you - link on the page to help :)

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  4. The idea of plastic free shopping is brilliant, very environmental friendly too!

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  5. Apparently we have one opening nearby - cannot wait to head down for a nosey

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    1. Oh you lucky thing! I had so much fun. Heading back this weekend.

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  6. This is just the best thing ever. Do let us know how your journey unfolds :)

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  7. This plastic-free shop sounds ace and has reminded me that I really need to visit the one thats opened in Cardiff recently

    Laura x

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    1. Yes do! I'd really urge you to go check it out. We made a day of it and it was fab!

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  8. I long for the day when all the large super markets would become plastic free, I need to see if we have a plastic free store near me.

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    1. That would be so amazing Anosa! Check out the link to find your nearest plastic free shop :)

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  9. How brilliant is this!! Such a great thing for shops to do. Have a look to see if you have a Food Weighhouse near you. They have pet food xxx

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    1. Oh thank you so much! I will take a look now.

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  10. What a great idea! I'll have to see if there are any plastic free shops near me x

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  11. We should have them all over soon! Let me know how you get on!

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  12. Hopefully there will be a lot more of these shops popping up throughout the UK over the next few years. Awesome concept.

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  13. They seem to be springing up all over the place! You'll have one soon I'm sure!

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