Many of us want to reduce our negative impact on the environment. By making changes in the products we buy and where we buy them, we can all make a difference.
Across Essex, we are lucky to be home to a number of businesses that provide refill services, to reduce the amount of plastic packaging we use, and sell other products that help cut down our waste.
For Basildon, visit The Sustainability Store at Summerhill Garden Centre, Pipps Hill Road North, CM11 2UJ.
For Billericay, visit Nic Eco. Refill delivery service covering Billericay, offering eco refillable cleaning, laundry and personal care products.
For Braintree, visit The Natural Way at 82 High Street, Braintree, CM7 1JP.
For Braintree, visit Naturally Unwrapped at Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, Rayne, Braintree, CM77 6SH.
For Brentwood, visit Ethos Brothers Cafe at Ongar Rd, Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood CM15 0LB.
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 Life in Eco at 2A Barfield Road, West Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8QT.
For Colchester, visit ColchEco at 37 Layer Road, Colchester, CO2 7JW.
For Colchester, visit Rowhedge Village Green at 9 Head Street, Rowhedge, CO5 7HN.
For Colchester, visit Home Kitchen at Crouch Street, Colchester, CO3 3ES.
For Maldon, visit SILO refill shop at 63C High Street, Maldon, CM9 5EP.
For Maldon, visit The Refill Den available in the area.
For Manningtree, visit The Wholefood Store at 26 High Street, Manningtree, CO11 1AJ.
For Ongar, visit the Refill Mill at 153 High Street, Ongar, CM5 9JD.
For Rochford, visit Elysium Refill at 69 West Street, Rochford, SS4 1BE.
For Saffron Walden, visit The Refill Station available in the area.
For South Woodham Ferrers, visit The REco Store at 38 Baron Road, South Woodham Ferrers, CM3 5XQ.
For Thurrock, visit The Refill Cabin in various locations across the area.
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.
Starfish Eco, run from Rochford, selling a range of ecologically-friendly products in biodegradable packaging.
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.
Rochford Eco Partywear, also hiring out party items to reduce the need to buy new items for special occasions.
An Ethical Life, run in Colchester, selling a range of zero-waste and eco-friendly products.
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.
Nic Eco, run from Billericay, offering eco-friendly refillable products including delivery service, plastic-free household goods, beeswax food wraps and natural spa range.
Pantry Shelf is a zero-emission delivery service around Brentwood, delivering sustainably packaged groceries.
REFILLit, based in Stansted Mountfitchet, is a doorstep delivery service for refills of cleaning, laundry and shampoo products.
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.
Finchingfield Post Office and Stores - Bardfield Road, Finchingfield, CM7 4LS.
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.