Below is a list of initiatives and projects that help people to reduce the waste they produce, by providing alternatives to products, services or waste streams.
Arjuna is the original 100% vegetarian wholefoods shop in Cambridge. We are also a workers' cooperative - fully owned and run by its members.
Location: 12 Mill Road, CB1 2AD Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Monday – Saturday: 9:30am-6pm / Sunday: Closed
Shop offering food, cleaning and toiletry refill products as well as a range of local and ethical pre-packaged items.
Location: Oundel Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AT
Saturday: 11am-4pm / Sunday: 11am-1:30pm
Be Kind Kitchen is a small grass roots venture serving cruelty free food that is kind for the planet, kind for animals and kind for your health.
Location: Peterborough City Market, Unit 130
Monday – Thursday: 10am-5pm / Friday: 8.30am-5pm / Saturdays: 10am-5pm / Sunday: Closed
Daily Bread Cambridge is a whole food shop, committed to supplying ethically-sourced natural foods to our local communities at affordable prices.
Location: Kilmaine Close Unit 3 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB4 2PH
Monday: 9am-4pm / Tuesday – Saturday: 9am-5:20pm / Sunday: Closed
Bringing the Refill Revolution to Oundle! We’re launching our popular zero waste shop in Oundle. Bring along your empty shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, fabric conditioner, washing up liquid, hand soap and body wash bottles for refills - all vegan friendly and cruelty free. We will also have a range of dry foods and other items to help you to reduce your plastic waste. Opening fortnightly on Fridays and Saturdays to begin with - to see if you like us - we are keen to open weekly & for more days from September.
Location: The Wharf, Oundle
St Neots Zero Waste Club
A group that buys wholesale food and domestic products in bulk and fills up with their own containers. Products are vegan and as plastic free as possible. The location is in Eaton Socon. Melina will place orders based on our polls. A £10 deposit is needed to start off to make the orders. You can then purchase the quantities and products you like. Please send Melina a message to get the address and bank details for deposit. Please check updates to see what there is in stock. This is a not-for-profit enterprise for us to use less plastic. We also sell Rawtangle dairy-free chocolate and nut milks.
Location: St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Refill shops are an alternative to supermarkets, offering consumers a way to buy products package free by taking their own containers to be refilled again and again.
Barrington Repair Cafe
Location: 17 Orwell Road, Barrington, Cambridgeshire, CB22 7SE
Cambridge Repair Cafe
Location: Cambridge Carbon Footprint, The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL
Cottenham Repair Cafe
Location: Cottenham Community Centre, 250A High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8RZ
Histon Repair Cafe
Location: St. Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridgeshire, CB24 9JE
Location: Eversden Village Hall, 4 Chapel Road, Great Eversden, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 1HP
(Fulbourn, Sawston, Shelford, Abington, Linton)
Location: The Fulbourn Centre, Townley Memorial Hall, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, CB21 5BS
Repair cafes are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). You can repair clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.
Our fridge helps to reduce food waste and food poverty. Anybody can put food in anyone can take food out. Bringing the community together. It has developed into an amazing community hub.
Location: Open Door Baptish Church Hall, Searjeant Street, Millfield, Peterborough
Wednesday: 10am-12pm / Thursday: 10am-12pm / Friday: 9.30am-11.30 am and 1pm-3pm
A community centre housing a community fridge.
Location: Paston Farm Community Centre, Freston, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 7XB
Community Cafe - Has a community fridge on site.
Location: Westwood Community Hub, 31-35 Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough
Monday – Saturday: 8am-3pm / Sundays: 11am-3pm
A community project set up by the parish council for the benefit of the parishioners. Free to use no matter what your social status is. If you wish you can leave something in the food bank in return, such as biscuits or tins.
Location: Austin Hall at the Amenity Centre on Main Street, Yaxley
Weekdays: 9am-4pm / Saturdays: 9am-1pm
A community fridge is a refrigerator located in a public space, enabling anyone to put food in and anyone to take food out. The main aim of community fridges is to reduce food waste. They also enable people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food.
Swishing is a clothes swapping event. They are a place to take along unwanted clothing and to take away someone else's donations, all for free.
A growing community of 'real' nappy users. A group of people offering advice and guidance on using 'real' reusable nappies, some also offer support on acquiring 'real' nappies for either a trial or to buy.