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  • Toothpaste Tablets - What exactly are they?

    Toothpaste tablets are chewable versions of the toothpaste from tubes. Just pop one in your mouth, chew to break it up and brush as you normally would. The fluoride toothpaste tablets contain 1450ppm fluoride, which is the same as regular toothpaste. Why switch to toothpaste tablets? I love them because there are plastic free, preservative free and are made responsibly in Europe. They are also vegan. The 2 month packs come in home compostable, plant based bags and a small cardboard box and the 1 month starter kits come in a reusable tin. What can I do with my old toothpaste tubes? Pump action toothpaste tubes can be popped into your blue recycling bin if you are in the Horsham district. If you are outside of Horsham please check with your local council. The squeezy toothpaste tubes are tricky to recycle. However, we are lucky in Horsham that East Mews Dental Care Horsham have partnered with Colgate and TerraCycle UK to collect dental recycling from the public and you don’t have to be registered at the practice. They are collecting ANY brand of: electric or battery toothbrush head manual toothbrushes toothpaste tubes and caps toothbrush outer packaging toothpaste outer packaging dental floss packaging Should I use Fluoride or Non-Fluoride Toothpaste Tablets? *This blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.* This is a personal choice. Fluoride is a natural mineral that’s proven to be effective in preventing tooth decay and the development of cavities. It’s found naturally in some foods and some fresh water sources. Water supplied by Southern Water generally contains low levels of natural fluoride, less than 0.1 mg/l (parts per million) and so fluoride is not added. (as at 25 February 2020 Tooth enamel is the outer covering of your teeth. It’s stronger than bone and made from calcium and phosphate. Your spit, or saliva, is also loaded with calcium and phosphate and bathes the teeth to keep them strong. When you eat things like sugary foods, crackers or noodles, cavity-causing bacteria starts feasting on the carbohydrates in these foods. This produces acids that attack your enamel. It causes calcium and phosphate to be stripped from the tooth enamel, leaving you more vulnerable to decay and cavities. However, saliva disrupts the attack as it coats your teeth and adds back calcium and phosphate to replace what had been stripped away. When your saliva has fluoride in it from sources like toothpaste or water, your teeth are able to take it in. Once in your enamel, fluoride teams up with calcium and phosphate there to create the most powerful defence system your teeth can have to prevent cavities from forming: fluorapatite. It’s much stronger, more resistant to decay and fights to protect your teeth. Opt for a toothpaste without fluoride if you're allergic to fluoride or if you have certain medical conditions – but speak to your dentist or doctor first about your current fluoride intake. #zerowastebulkfoods #toothpastetablets #zerowastehorsham #zerowastesussex #zerowastebathroom #zerowastetoothpaste #chewbrushsmile #noplastic #reducereuserecycle #lowwaste #lifewithoutplastic #sustainableproducts #ditchthedisposables #hyggehome #journeytozerowaste #zerowastejourney #zerowasteuk #ecofriendly #loveyourplanet #eastmews #colgate #terracycle

  • Pricing

    Your time is precious and so I’ve made one thing easier for you - the latest complete price list is now available to view online Feel free to keep a copy on your phone to compare against your usual shop. If you want to reduce your plastic load, please consider splitting your usual shop and saying no to stores that package in plastic. Yes, it is a little but more work, but it will make a difference. There are hundreds of bulk food stores across the country – the best place to start is with your locally based online or physical store. If you don’t have access to a local physical store, then jump online and we will pack and send out to you! Everything is packed to order in recyclable paper or certified home compostable plant-based bags. Local delivery to the Horsham area is free (see delivery page for full details) and any areas outside of these are sent by courier at a flat rate of £4.00. #zerowastebulkfoods #pricelist #makinglifeeasier #timeisprecious #splityourshop #saynotoplastic #reduceyourplasticload #backtobasics #plasticfreejourney #freedelivery #zerowastehorsham #zerowastesussex #plantbasedbags #certifiedhomecompostable #recycle #horsham

  • A big delivery arrived this week with lots of new products!

    We are a small business on a mission to remove as much plastic as possible from the supply chain. All of the money from sales is pumped straight back into the business to expand the product range and to promote the business. If there are any products that you would love to see stocked, please do email me at Head over to to have a browse! Free local delivery in and around Horsham, A flat rate of £4.00 outside of this (see delivery page for details). New Products Organic Buckwheat Flour Organic Quick Cook Polenta Organic Brown Rice Flour Organic Vegan Burger Mix (this is a different type to the previous vegan burger mix) Osumi Rice Crackers Sosmix – the original Symington’s Sosmix! Organic Long Grain White Rice Porridge Oats Organic Red Rice Organic Seven Bean Mix Coarse Sea Salt Organic Short Grain Brown Rice Organic Large Brazil Nut Pieces Organic Extra Large Pecan Pieces Organic Pumpkin Seeds – AA Grade Almonds Now back in stock: Fruit & Nut Muesli Organic Porridge Oats Organically Approved Fine Sea Salt Organic Whole Cashews Organic Chia Seeds Organic Chopped Figs #zerowastebulkfoods #lowwastehorsham #lowwastesussex #organic #buckwheatflour #polenta #brownriceflour #veganburgermix #ricecrackers #osumi #sosmix #longgrainwhiterice #porridgeoats #redrice #sevenbeanmix #coarseseasalt #shortgrainbrownrice #brazilnut #pecan #pumpkinseed #almond #fruitandnutmuesli #fineseasalt #cashew #chia #choppedfig #saynotoplastic #freedelivery

  • Bulk Liquids and Compostable Bags

    Bulk Liquids I will be placing a bulk liquid order this week. If you would like to purchase any environmentally friendly recyclable 5 litre bottles of washing up liquid, laundry liquid, fabric conditioner, fabric softener, floor cleaner, toilet cleaner, washing powder, bathroom cleaner, home & garden sanitiser, shampoo, conditioner, handwash or body wash, please take a look at the “Bulk Liquids” pdf at the footer of each page of the website. Just send an email to me at by Tuesday 4th Feb and I’ll be able to order in for you. I would recommend either getting a 5-litre pump (also available on the pdf document) or getting some funnels to decant. Compostable Bags Breaking Down Back in November I put our certified home compostable, 100% plant-based bags to the test - could they decompose in the ground? Not everyone has a home compost, so I wanted to find out what would happen if the bags were just buried in the garden, under the grass, in clay soil. I am only 82 days (11 weeks) in and the results are really impressive!

  • #SwapOutPlasticChallenge

    I had an idea last week, to create a Swap Out Plastic Challenge to share ideas, raise awareness and promote changes and solutions to swap plastic items for plastic free, sustainable alternatives. The challenge is open to everyone, to share your personal process of swapping out plastics. This could be a couple of sentences, a tip, a photo, a selfie, artwork, music… anything that can inspire and help others to make the change! Don’t forget to tag your posts using #SwapOutPlasticChallenge and #ZeroWasteBulkFoods At the end of every month I will select a winner for the most helpful / inspiring post. The winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend online at Let’s work together to share ideas, lead by example and influence our circle of friends. The health of our planet and our bodies need change now. The Problem In essence, plastic is having a detrimental effect on the planet and most probably our health. The Centre for Environmental Law has described plastic as a “global health crisis hiding in plain sight.” [1] It has been widely publicised that plastic doesn’t degrade and eventually ends up in landfill or the ocean. We don’t know how long it takes for plastic to breakdown – it is estimated that it could take thousands of years to degrade. [2] Plastics In The Ocean, Landfill, Soil, Air and Water Every year 5 million to 14 million tons of plastic flow into our oceans from coastal areas. Sunlight, wind, waves, and heat break down the plastics into smaller bits called microplastics (plastic particles smaller than 5mm in diameter) and nanoparticles (less than 0.1 micrometre in size), that look—to plankton, bivalves, fish, and even whales—a lot like food. [3] Free-floating pollutants that wash off the land and into our seas—such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and heavy metals—tend to adhere to the surfaces of microplastics. [4] Microplastics have been found in fish and seafood for consumption by humans. [5] Plastic in landfills also leach potentially toxic substances into the soil and water. Approximately one third of all plastic waste ends up in soil or freshwater, which breaks down into microplastics and nanoparticles and enters the food chain. [6] We are exposed to microplastics and their additives (such as hormone disruptors like BPA and BPF and brominated flame retardants), through ingestion (foods and water), inhalation and possibly through touching plastics the whole day. [7] [8] Think about how much plastic you are exposed to in everyday life – your clothes, your food, your house, your garden, your workplace, your makeup, your body products, your cleaning products, washing products, toys… the list goes on. The Impact on Health There is a wealth of information and scientific research available describing the possible and probable dangers to health from exposure to plastics. They include links to cancers, birth defects, impaired immunity, endocrine disruption, developmental and reproductive effects. [9] [10] [11] The Swap Out Plastic Challenge I set up Zero Waste Bulk Foods last year with the main aim of reducing the amount of plastic heading to landfill, incineration and the ocean. Now I am setting up the Swap Out Plastic Challenge to raise awareness and promote ideas and solutions to swap plastic items for plastic free, sustainable alternatives. The challenge is open now to everyone, to share your personal process of swapping out plastics. This could be a couple of sentences, a photo, a selfie, artwork, music… anything that can inspire and help others to make the change! Don’t forget to tag your posts using #SwapOutPlasticChallenge and #ZeroWasteBulkFoods. Your posts may be promoted on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr pages. At the end of every month I will select a winner for the most helpful / inspiring post. The winner will receive a £20 voucher to spend online at The winning post will be shared on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr pages. The challenge is open now and the first winner will be announced at the start of March. Example of what to post: I'm taking the #SwapOutPlasticChallenge how about you? Let's see how you swap out plastics! Publicly post a tip / sentence / photo / selfie / artwork / music to your wall with the hashtags #SwapOutPlasticChallenge and #ZeroWasteBulkFoods Works Cited [1] [Online]. Available: [2] [Online]. Available: [3] "," [Online]. [4] [Online]. Available: [5] [Online]. Available:…. [6] [Online]. Available: [7] [Online]. Available: [8] [Online]. Available: [9] [Online]. Available: [10] [Online]. Available: [11] [Online]. Available: [12] [Online]. Available:

  • My top tips to reduce your plastic load.

    Swapping plastic items for sustainable, reusable, non-toxic alternatives is very easy to do these days as there are so many plastic free options available – they are even appearing in the high street! SOME plastic free items may APPEAR to cost more, but in my experience, a slightly bigger outlay to start with is recouped pretty quickly as they last for so long. We are constantly exposed to plastic – it is literally everywhere and is horrifically affecting the environment and very likely affecting our bodies. Scary isn’t it… My top tips: 1. Carry your own bags with you, whatever they are made of – reuse what you have. Keep some in the car and some in your bag and hopefully you won’t be caught short! When the time comes to buy more, have a look at the amazing range of reusable plastic free bags out there. I have a pack of reusable bags that I was given over 15 years ago and they’re still going strong. I also absolutely love these string bags – they are super strong and you’ll be surprised at how much they hold. 2. Look at reusable alternatives to nappies, nappy wipes, face wipes, makeup remover pads, tampons, sanitary and continence pads. Sadly all of these contain a fair amount of plastic.. There are so many brands out there to try. I personally buy from Cheeky Wipes and love all of the products I have tried! Here is a link to receive 10% off of any order from them. 3. Look at your toothpaste, toothbrush and dental floss. Squeezable toothpaste tubes are difficult to recycle (as are other squeezable tubes such as hand cream, suncream, lotions etc.), so where possible, swap these out. Pump action toothpaste tubes are made from a different type of plastic and are easier to recycle. To be completely plastic free, give toothpaste tablets a try – buy them in a tin, or loose and pop into your own tin. Just chew on a tablet, brush then spit and rinse. If you have an electric toothbrush, there are companies that sell recycled and recyclable heads and operate a closed loop system. If you prefer a manual toothbrush, then have a look at the bamboo options available. They have the same shelf life as a plastic toothbrush, with the added bonus that at the end of their life you can snap the head off and use them as a seed label as they are so easy to write on! Have a look at the link above. Plastic free dental floss is also available on the above link. You could also try a water flosser – freely available online. 4. Ditch plastic cotton buds. As cotton buds are single use, try the most eco-friendly version you can find. The sticks on these cotton buds are made from biodegradable bamboo. The company have also set up a foundation to deliver healthcare projects across the world where they are most needed. The foundation is funded by sales of the buds. 5. Swapping out plastic can be fun – if you haven’t given stainless steel straws a try you are missing out! Check that the straws are food grade – look for 18/8 or Grade 304, which refers to the percentages of chromium and nickel in the stainless-steel alloy. This is important as you don’t want any chemicals leaching into or reacting with your drink. Make sure you also buy a stainless steel straw cleaner – although the straws can be put into the dishwasher, I also make sure no dishwasher water has stuck inside and give them a quick clean. Actually, that’s not completely true - the kids like to clean their own and think it’s a great game! Take a look at our range here – they come in angled and straight versions. 6. Say no to bottled water and take away cups. If you don’t like the taste of tap water, invest in a water filter and a reusable bottle. The initial cost will be higher, but if you calculate how many bottles of water you buy over a year and multiply that by the cost of a bottle of water, you’ll know how long it will take to recoup your initial outlay. If you love sparkling water, consider a sodastream. Even though it is made of plastic, in my opinion, it is better than buying lots of bottles of sparkling water. Disposable coffee cups will hopefully become a thing of the past. With so many beautiful reusable options out there, the only thing you need to do is remember to bring it with you! My tip – as soon as it is washed, pop it in your bag instead of putting it in the cupboard! 7. Find a bulk foods store and bring your own containers to refill. If you don’t live near a physical store, have a look for an online store near you – the less distance to travel from the store to you, the lower the carbon footprint. Check the packaging policy and make sure that the packaging is recyclable or home compostable. We only use certified home compostable plant-based bags or recyclable brown paper bags to pack your foods, and we recycle the cardboard boxes we receive our goods in where possible and seal with brown paper tape. 8. Try brown paper tape instead of Sellotape – it’s amazing and 100% recyclable. 9. Give shampoo and conditioner bars a try. The trick is to brush your hair before you use, and then just lift up sections of your hair and rub in a bit of the shampoo. Then give your scalp a massage. Your hair will feel different to the way that you are used to if you have been using bottled shampoo. This is because shampoo bars don’t strip your hair of natural oils, and your hair will need a bit of time to rebalance. If you feel your hair is too greasy when you first start using, don’t give up – try adding ½ tsp baking soda to the lather in your hair and then rinse out. Or, mix 1 tsp baking soda with 1-2 cups of water and pour into your hair. Massage through and then rinse out. Keen going with the shampoo bar and you will gradually find that you don’t need to use the baking soda any more as your hair will stop producing so much oil to counter the store shampoo which has been stripping the oils every time you have used it. If you really don’t like using the bars, consider buying your shampoo and conditioner in 5 litre bottles and refill the bottles you already have – this will save so much plastic and also a lot of money! 10. Buy loose fruits and veggies where possible. If you can, shop locally, seasonally, organically and as fresh out of the ground as possible. 11. Clean with water and vinegar. Sounds radical doesn’t it! Try mixing I 100ml white vinegar to 3 parts water as an all-purpose spray cleaner. I keep mine in a glass spray bottle, but you could reuse any bottle. I also add a few drops of essential oils – citrus, clove or tea tree work really well. There is nothing that this mix has not been able to clean. It’s so easy and completely chemical free. And there are my top tips to make some easy swaps to reduce your plastic load. Every little step you take in the right direction is a win!

  • 2 minute protein packed breakfast cereal

    Happy new year and I hope 2020 bring lots of positive change for everyone and for the planet! I love the start of each year as for me, it’s a time to reflect on the previous one and make plans and goals for the year ahead. I know this can be done at any time, but something about the start of a year makes it happen for me. One of my goals is to make some better food choices for the whole family and I thought I would share one of my all-time favourite breakfasts (recipe courtesy of Cyndi O’Meara). It is packed with wholesome goodness, tastes delicious and only has 4 ingredients. 1 tablespoon shredded or desiccated coconut 1 apple, quartered and core removed 3 fresh dates (or dried) 7 almonds Place all ingredients in a food processor and blitz for a few seconds a few times until it looks crumbly and crunchy – don’t blitz for too long or it with become a paste! Eat it as it is, or place a dollop on top of your porridge or yoghurt, or even top with berries! 5 litre bulk liquids On another note, I will be replenishing lots of stock lines this week, and so I am able to take orders again for the bulk 5 litre liquids. I have placed the price list at the bottom of each page of this website. If you would like to place an order, please contact me directly on (as you won't be able to purchase via the website) by 5pm tomorrow - Monday 6th January. Thankyou!

  • Merry Christmas and thank you for your support!

    Thank you so much for all of your support since Zero Waste Bulk Foods launched 9 weeks ago! It has been a very special time seeing this little business grow, and it is all thanks to you for taking the time to split your usual shopping into two and ordering from us in plastic free packaging. So have a happy and safe Christmas and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2020. Nicky x I have added a few new products today (the new price list can be downloaded from the bottom of any page): Organic Chana Dal (split, hulled chickpeas) Organic Mung Dal (split, hulled mung beans) Organic Raw Peanuts (with skin on) Large Cashew Pieces Organic White Penne Pasta Organic White Fusilli Pasta Organic Corn & Rice Fusilli Pasta

  • Packing in reusable cotton bags

    Packing this order yesterday made me so happy! This amazing customer sent me lots of cotton reusable bags to pack her order in. Once delivered she transferred everything into glass jars to store. #zerowasting! If you would like me to pack your order in your own clean, reusable bags or containers, please pm me for a drop off / mailing address (please don't send to the correspondence address on the website!). #zerowastebulkfoods #zerowastehorsham #zerowastesussex#zerowastehome #zerowastetips #zerowastevegan #zerowasteuk#zerowastegoals #zerowastejourney #zerowastelifestyle#wastefreeshopping #wastefreeliving #plasticfreehorsham#plasticfreesussex #southwater #horsham #westsussex #ecofriendly#ecojourney #plasticfree #plasticfreeliving #plasticfreegoals#plasticfreejourney #reusablecottonbags #loopgeneration#keepintheloop #savetheplanet #actnow #oneswapatatime

  • Bulk 5 litre House Cleaning / Body Care Prices

    Our bulk 5 litre liquid price list is ready! Please head to the bottom of any page on and click on the pdf attachment. If you would like to make an order, please drop me an email ( by 20 December. At this stage I don’t have enough space to hold enough stock for you to order as and when you need, but I will send out an email on a quarterly basis to take orders and deliver! The items you can buy in 5 litre quantities include: o Fabric Conditioner o Fabric Softener o Laundry Liquid - Non Bio o Concentrated Washing Powder – Non Bio o Multi Surface Sanitiser o Washing Up Liquid o Toilet Cleaner o Washing Up Liquid o Hand Wash o Body Wash o Shampoo o Conditioner o Pump for bottle (which is optional!) Free delivery to Southwater, W Sussex with no minimum spend, free delivery to Horsham, W Sussex and many neighbouring areas with a £20 minimum spend. Please see head to the delivery page ( for more details. If you live close by and your town isn’t listed, please contact me and I will work out if free delivery is possible. Thanks, Nicky #zerowastebulkfoods #lowwastehorsham #lowwastesussex #lowwastehome #lowwastetips #lowwasteuk #lowwastegoals #lowwastejourney #lowwastelifestyle #wastefreeshopping #wastefreeliving #eco #ecofriendly #ecoliving #ecogoals #ecojourney #plasticfree #loopgeneration #keepintheloop #savetheplanet #actnow #oneswapatatime #bulkshampoo #bulkconditioner #bulksoap #bulkcleaningproducts #bio-d #ecoleaf #ecover #faithinnature #cleaning #sustainability #environmentallyfriendly #shopindependent #green #bulkbuy #cleaningredients #betterfortheplanet #minimalwaste

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