Many of us want to reduce our impact on the environment and by making small changes we can make a difference. Across Essex, we are lucky to have a number of zero-waste, eco or refill shops selling items which help reduce your waste, or offering refills saving on plastic packaging.
For Braintree, visit The Natural Way at 82 High Street, Braintree, CM7 1JP.
For Brentwood, visit The Greenhouse at 21 Crown Street, CM14 4BA.
For Brightlingsea, visit An Ethical Life at 47-49 High Street, Brightlingsea, CO7 0AQ
For Chelmsford, visit Chelmsford Wholefoods at their market stall, 9-10 Market Rd, Chelmsford, CM1 1LE.
For Chelmsford, visit Refill Chelmsford at 22 Bond Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1GH.
For Clacton, visit, Unsealed at 2a The Grove, Clacton, CO15 1TJ.
For Cleaning product refills in Colchester, visit Repair Reuse Recycle, Colchester at 15 Queen St, Colchester, CO1 2PH.
For Colchester, visit An Ethical Life at Unit 5 Colne Reach, Hythe Quay, CO2 8JB
For Maldon, visit SILO refill shop at 63C High Street, Maldon, CM9 5EP.
For Tiptree, visit The REco store at Tower Business Park, Tiptree, Colchester, CO5 0LX.
For deliveries in Southend, contact Southend Refills, available for SS0 to SS7 & SS9 postcodes.
For Uttlesford, visit Gifted at The Recorders House, 17 Town Street, Thaxted, Essex, CM6 2LD.
For Wickford, visit The Sustainability Store, Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, CM11 2UJ.
The Earth Shop, run from Stanford-Le-Hope, selling plastic-free toothbrushes, eco-friendly deodorants etc.
Green Pear Eco, run from Saffron Walden, selling a range of plastic free products for everyday life.
Sansaar, run from Southend, selling everyday basics including skincare, haircare and household essentials.
Halstead Eco Party Kit, covering all of Braintree district, including Halstead and Witham. Offer for hire reusable party equipment such as plates, bowls, platters, bunting and so much more.
Sudbury and Colchester Party Kit Hire, covers Colchester as well as areas of Sudbury in Suffolk. Offers party kits for hire including reusable plates, bowls, platters, bunting and more.
Mission Better, run from Maldon, selling plastic-free starter kits and sustainable products to help you begin your plastic free journey.
Tub Refillables, run from Saffron Walden, delivers cleaning refills, plastic-free toiletries, olive oil and sweets to CB10 and CB11 postcodes (Saffron Walden and surrounding villages).
Artistry By Meg, run from North Essex, offers watercolour commissions made using only sustainable and recycled materials.
EcoBaba, run from Mid Essex, sells a range of cloth nappies to help you cut down on disposables and reduce your waste.
Staines & Brights Ltd - 81 Church Road, Tiptree, CO5 0HB.
The Natural Health Shop - 27 Sir Isaacs Walk, Colchester, CO1 1JJ.
Eat 17 - 23 Potter St, Bishops Stortford, CM23 3UH.
Sunrise Natural Therapy Clinic & Health Food and Nutrition Centre- 31 Spa Road, Hockley.
Greens Health Foods - 37 Rectory Grove, Southend on Sea, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2HA.
Love Vintage of Clacton on Sea sell locally produced soaps, bath bombs and deodorants at 31 Rosemary Road Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1PA.
Essex County Council cannot be responsible for the safety or description applied to any products supplied via local eco and refill shops. We would strongly recommend that anyone wishing to obtain goods via this route seek advice on how to check the safety of consumer items.