Plastic Free Greater Manchester Map
If you’re looking to reduce your plastic consumption and shop a little more sustainably, Manchester has an abundance of zero waste and plastic free stores to shop at. From refill grains and spices, to zero waste beauty products and more, Manchester has it all!
Building on the success and positive feedback I got from creating the first edition of my ‘Manchester Map’, I decided to do a little update. As Manchester has so many shops with plastic free options, I had to split the map into two to fit them all on - 1. ‘Central Manchester’ (e.g inside the M60 Ringroad) and ‘Greater Manchester’ (outside of the M60 Ringroad).
There’s a total of 25 shops to explore. Listed below are 13 plastic free shops in Greater Manchester. For shops inside of the M60, check out my post here.
Where? 46 Bridge St, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AQ.
Best For: Variety!
My Fave: The range of veg.
Ramsbottom based Plentiful opened its doors in 2018 and is owned by Abbie Sellers. The store offers customers a huge range of food staples, including dried goods, freshly baked sourdough and organic vegetables. There are also cleaning product refills, and plastic free items such as shampoo bars, bamboo toothbrushes and deodorants. For anyone who’s based north of Manchester, this store is a must visit! Read my interview with Plentiful owner, Abbie, here.
2. Tarn Replenished
Where? 206 (first floor), Albert Mill, 34 Newhey Road, Milnrow OL16 4EG.
Best For: Soy wax candles & melts.
My Fave: The diffusers - it’s hard to find plastic free ones usually!
What began purely as a soy wax candle brand, Tarn Replenished owners, Jules and Karen, have developed their store to now also offer a range of environmentally friendly brands. As well as their handmade candles, wax melts and diffusers, they also stock refillable household liquids, locally made soaps and personal care items.
3. Reclamation Room
Where? Lee St, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6AE.
Best For: Variety.
My Fave: The community feel!
Vibrant community space, Reclamation Room, is a cafe, venue and eco-friendly shop all in one. Their zero waste shop, Green Room, is packed full of everyday essentials such as dried foods, household cleaning products, personal care and gifts. And with their sister company Style & Salvaged also inside, you could spend the whole afternoon here!
4. Spice Drive
Where? Victoria St, Chadderton, Oldham OL9 0HB
Best For: Spices
My Fave: The range of products!
Spice Drive stocks organic spices and herbs, a range of liquid refills, utensils, cleaning products, and reusable eco-friendly items. As (what I think is) Oldham’s first zero waste store, it’s well worth supporting!
Where? 97 Lee Ln, Horwich, Bolton BL6 7AU
Best For: Flowers & refills!
My Fave: Plastic free flower bouquets
Flowersmiths Florists are committed to reducing their carbon footprint and improving the sustainability of their business. So much so they opened up the Refill Room in their shop. They offer refill cleaning products from Fill and toiletries from Faith In Nature. The Refill Room also stocks a range of eco-friendly products such as wax wraps, bamboo toothbrushes, soaps and more.
6. A Small Good Thing
Where? 29 Church Rd, Bolton BL1 6HH.
Best For: Meal ideas.
My Fave: Their friendly, down to earth approach.
Friends Lisa and Emily set up A Small Good Thing in 2017 out of ‘a love for food, the environment, people and each other’. They started as a pop-up stall in a local pub but soon grew and moved into a permanent store premises. A Small Good Thing is a greengrocers with a focus on community, seasonal organic produce and waste reduction. They are a friendly, approachable store and are always happy to chat about meal ideas with anyone who goes in.
7. The Dispensary
Where? Ellesmere Shopping Centre, Walkden, Worsley, Manchester M28 3ZH.
Best For: Zero waste cleaning & cosmetics.
My Fave: The gifting section of the shop.
Fed up of having no access to zero waste stores in Salford, The Dispensary was set up by husband and wife duo, Ed and Fay. As well as running the shop, Fay is a mother of two and works in a local primary school. The shop sells refill cleaning and beauty products, as well as a range of gifts and other eco-friendly household items. The Dispensary also runs regular arts and crafts events (pre covid), perfect for bringing the Salford community together!
8. The Replenishery
Where? 1 John St, Leigh WN7 1DG.
Best For: Herbs & spices.
My Fave: They do gift vouchers!
The Replenishery duo Olga and Ian set up shop in Leigh in June 2019 after struggling to find plastic free, sustainable options near to them. With the closest plastic free shops at least 50 minutes away, they wanted to open something for local people who had a similar outlook to them. They stock over 74 different herbs and spices, 150 dried foods and 290 plastic free alternatives.
9. Goodness Zero Waste
Where? 10 Crofts Bank Rd, Urmston, Manchester M41 0TS.
Best For: Refill honey, oil and peanut butter.
My Fave: Refillable micellar water!
Goodness Zero Waste was opened one month ago (October 2020) by Lucy. The shop stocks an array of dried refill foods, including cereals, nuts, seeds, pasta, flour etc. As well as this, there are shelves full of plastic free beauty products, gifts, cleaning essentials and more! My favourite parts of the shop are the refill honey stand, a range of refill cooking oils and refillable Micellar water from Flawless Beauty. An interview with Lucy will be posted on my blog very soon, so keep an eye out for that one!
Where? 60 Cross St, Sale M33 7AN.
Best For: Fair-trade gifts
My Fave: Refillable household goods
In the heart of Sale, Utopia stocks eco friendly products and ethically sourced gifts that support Fair-Trade communities. They also stock a variety of products, from refillable household goods to body care products and holistic goods.
11. One Small Step
Where? Altrincham Market, Greenwood St, Altrincham WA14 1PF.
Best For: Refilling your cupboard staples.
My Fave: It’s a market stall!
One Small Step began in April 2019 by Rachael Wong at Altrincham Market. At the market stall you can find a wide variety of unpackaged goods - pastas, grains, cereals and snacks, as well as cleaning and bathroom products such as laundry detergent and body wash. As well as stocking refill products, One Small Step also has a large range of reusable and biodegradable lifestyle products too. Alongisde the market stall, Rachael has started a delivery service in the local Altrincham area too.
12. Gatley Refillery
Where? 51 Church Rd, Gatley, Cheadle SK8 4NG.
Best For: Sustainable gifts.
My Fave: Eco-friendly wrapping paper!
Gatley Refillery stocks a huge range of eco-friendly products, from refillable liquids, to gifts, dental care, plastic free gift wrap and more! Their aim is to reduce the use of single use plastic in the local community and minimise their environmental impact on the world.
13. Em’s Easy Eco
Where? The Village Square Unit 16, Bramhall, Stockport SK7 1AW.
Best For: Everyday essentials.
My Fave: Christmas baking essentials!
Em’s Easy Eco shop stemmed from a passion for reducing her impact on the environment. Em’s Easy Eco is a zero waste shop that strives to make a low impact lifestyle attainable for all through offering environmentally friendly products and food without excessive packaging.
For more of Manchester's zero waste shops that are in the City Centre, check out my post here.