This is list of way locally you can reduce your contribution to plastic pollution.
Natural Choice in Barnards Green, Malvern (used to be Hunts Greengrocers) is a traditional family business, vegetables and fruit are all in “loose” displays, with different sized paper bags available. Also stocked: Seville oranges, Yorkshire pink rhubarb, local ice creams, dairy products, Teme Valley sausages and more. Home delivery free in Malvern. 01684 567467.
The Cheese Board (opposite Natural Choice) has local English wines and ciders as well as cheese and cooked meats. I recommend the Hereford Hop cheese. Cheese is cut to order and wrapped in paper. 01684 891900.
Green Link, 11 Graham Road, Malvern has
- Fresh loose Organic fruit and vegetables available in paper bags or no packaging atall.
- large containers of Ecover washing up and laundry liquid etc, bring along your Ecover bottle and refill it.
- Unpackaged ‘Faith in Nature’ soaps
- Plastic-free cotton buds
- 100% organic cotton (not synthetic!!!) cotton pads
- Organic cotton tampons (again, not made from plastic synthetic fibres)
The Bran Tub, 27 Worcester Road Malvern sells
- reusable coffee cups.
- Unpackaged soaps (also vegan, palm-oil free and not tested on animals)
- Plastic-free shampoo bars (as above)
- Powder deodorant in glass pots (with tin lids)
- 100% plastic-free sanitary pads made from organic cotton.
Morrisons now allow you to bring your tupperware to their meat and fish counter. see here
Cotteswold Dairy, based in Tewkesbury and the Welsh Marches, is an independent family owned firm. Cotteswold offer a traditional doorstep delivery in Malvern using glass bottles which are collected and re-used daily. http://www.cotteswold-dairy.co.uk/. 01684 298959.
- Stainless steel reusable water bottles made by ‘Chilly‘ – a well-reviewed range. These keep cold drinks cool for 24 hours! They cost £19.99 for a 500ml one. *(Much cheaper ones are available in Mountain Warehouse, but we are not sure these are plastic free,although of course any plastics in these would not be single-use.)
- ‘BioD’ Laundry powder in strong paper sacks
- ‘BioD’ Natural laundry whitener in cardboard boxes
There is also a active plastic free campaign in Worcester. See the Facebook group Journey to zero waste in Worcestershire.