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 was established in 2018 at our charity’s premises in Portland Street and was formed by a group who wanted to address 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.
Global Footsteps sponsored the group by allowing them to use the charity and the premises to set up their zero-waste and refill shop in December 2018.
Now, FoodLoose has become a separate legal and financial entity, a Community Benefit Society, still trading in the Portland St premises, still committed to zero-waste and refills and a sustainable future that will benefit the environment and our community!
Find out more about them here FoodLoose website.
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
We are switching our donations page and we will add our new provider shortly.
If you wish to donate in the meantime please contact us by email.
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.