Due to COVID-19, we have made some changes to our services to keep you and our employees and volunteers safe during this difficult time.
We are committed to protecting you:
• Face shields will be worn while customers are being served
• We will sanitise refillable containers and limit contact on containers,
• Limit customers to a one-in, one-out policy in the shop
• Maintain social distancing.
FoodLoose is a big part of Global Footsteps; established in 2018 at the site of our charity in Portland Street, FoodLoose was born out of the growing concern that an excess of plastic packaging, particularly single use plastic was and still is being unnecessarily used in retail and damaging the environment. As Global Footsteps is a charity based on the principles of sustainability, education and empowerment, it was felt that FoodLoose would be an excellent match as a project and we have never looked back!
Now, FoodLoose has refreshed their operation and what isn’t put back into the running of the shop is put towards our charitable projects so you can shop guilt-free in an ethical, sustainable establishment based locally in Cheltenham.
FoodLoose is an organic, fair trade, wholefoods refill shop which allows you, the customer, to shop plastic free and to have the peace of mind that what you buy comes with no excessive packaging. FoodLoose was originally simply a shop, but now we have a click and collect site, an extra pop-up shop and an exciting social media presence.
But don’t just take our word for it, why not visit the FoodLoose website to learn more?
The opening hours for FoodLoose may vary. Please, check on the FoodLoose website for more information on the opening hours.
In store – Walk Ins, Bring your containers!
Wednesday – Saturday
10:00 – 17:30
Click and Collect
Thursday – Saturday
10:00 – 17:30
*Delivery available to households within a 5 mile radius of the shop.
Vulnerable and Shielding customers may ask for their order to be delivered by bicycle on a Thursday or a Friday.
As consumers we have become accustom to accepting everything wrapped in packaging as the norm, much of this packaging is plastic and 40% of which is only used once! Furthermore, 91% of the plastic produced is not recycled. So where does this waste go? Well, about 8 million metric tonnes is dumped into our oceans every year, destroying natural habits, and if it doesn’t go there it can be burnt, buried or littered on land to damage those natural habitats too. We cannot continue to abuse the planet in this way. Buying plastic free is a great place to start, you can cut out the packaging from so many food and household items, but it also allows you to buy only what you need, cutting down on food waste too!
Throughout the food supply chain, many lives are being exploited through cheap labour and poor working conditions. The unfortunately truth of this is that it disproportionately affects people of colour in the global south. By opting for fairly traded goods you are actively supporting a system that values fair working conditions and pay. We ensure our food is fairly traded through a variety of ways, we source from workers co-operatives, our two main suppliers, Infinity Wholefoods and Essential are both workers co-operatives! We source many items certified, which ensure they are fairly traded. Some items we source directly from local manufacturers, so we personally know who is growing and making these items!
Why do we sell organic goods?
We have a large selection of loose food items, oils and vinegar and household detergents on tap, please bring containers with you for these items. We also sell a range of environmentally friendly personal care products, plus household and cupboard essentials! Check out the FoodLoose website to see the majority of what we stock!
We believe changing the way you shop can become the most powerful form of activism that you do. Every time you make a purchase, you cast a vote for the kind of world you wish to live in. We want that world to be sustainable, and thriving for our future generations to enjoy.
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly.
We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.”
–Anne Marie Bonneu, Zero Waste Chef. 6 Mar 2019
Due to the Coronavirus, we have had to unfortunately close our charity and coffee shop in line with government regulations. On the other hand, our Foodloose shop has been given the go ahead to continue operation as this is considered an essential service, therefore please do continue to shop with us.