Beautiful Bath . We are lucky to live amongst history in our unique city, however the climate crisis forces us all to think what we can do to tread a little more lightly in terms of our impact on our environment. Whilst we wait for government legislation and large fossil-fuel dependent businesses to make significant changes, we can all do our bit to live a little more sustainably and help halt the damage.
Having celebrated World Refill Day and Plastic-free July, we’ve been inspired to shine a light on the sustainable businesses and alternatives in Bath. We wanted to share with you all the best refill / reusable options in the city - lets spread the sustainable-Bath message
BATH CAFE CULTURE
Bath cafes and eateries are one of the best things about the city. take away coffee cups are not! We use 2.5 BILLION a year in the UK - and most are not recyclable. A keep-cup or refillable cup is the answer. Many cafes are happy to fill your reusable cup if you ask, Some even offer up to 50p off your drink for NOT taking a paper cup ! These guys will fill your keep-cup no questions asked and are some of our favourite indie businesses in Bath:
If you're taking away, take your own container for cake and goods rather than use an extra 'disposable' one.
There is a WATER REFILL drinking fountain for filling up your water bottle opposite the Bath College and adjacent to the Black Fox pub on St James Parade. No need to buy bottled water.
Zero waste, Local and Bulk foods
Shopping packaging-free and in bulk is far more sustainable for your budget and your waste levels. Try these great shops in Bath for food and produce, simply take along your empty containers and food bags and weigh out what you need. The people are really nice and will help you if its your first time.
Scoops - Lower Bristol Rd Bath
Refillable Bath - London Rd Bath
Harvest - Walcot Street Bath
New Leaf Whole Foods - Moorland Rd Bath
Bath Farmer's Market - Every Saturday 9am-1pm at Green Park Station.
There are some fabulous businesses in Bath which are worth a visit in person or online for some super sustainable and eco-friendly options for you, your family and your home.
Bullfrog Bottles - re-usable water bottles
Huskup - eco-friendly Keep-Cups
Rossiters – Broad Street – re-usable straws, cutlery and more!
Consciously You – Chelsea Road - gorgeous conscious gifts and beauty
Planty Kate - Sustainable, beauty & Home products
Sustainable Blooms - Stunning, sustainable locally grown flowers for delivery
Hire Don't Buy
Share & Repair is a brilliant enterprise with a huge ‘Library of Things’ from lawnmowers to travel cots, tents to hedge cutters at incredibly reasonable prices. You can simply rent items to use at home and return. They’re based on George Street in Bath so pop in before you buy your next big home or garden item.
Low-Waste Shopping for Fashion & Home
Charity shops are plentiful in Bath, but we especially like to head for Moorland Road, Westgate Street, Widcombe High Street and Bear Flat. Also the Yellow Shop and Julian House on Walcot Street. Buying clothes second hand is a really sustainable alternative to fast-fashion which we know is so bad for the environment (but also benefits charities - hurrah).
Did you know you can shop Dorothy House online www.dorothyhouse.shop
Cool recycled Sweatshirts at Shop Like No Other
Rare, sustainable vintage fashion at Vintage to Vogue
Dorothy House Shop – London Road
Mebyl – Walcot Street
Furniture Saviour - @furniture_saviour (find on Instagram)
Refillable compost bags at The Urban Gardener, Victoria Park
Garden furniture and curiosities - Gardenalia, London road.
RECYCLING & ALTERNATIVES
Local low-waste drop offs & recycling bins
There are lots of super special bins in Bath shops for recycling those tricky items that don't fit in our household green boxes. So far we have found these but are sure there are more - let us know if you spot any and we'll add them
Superdrug – used cosmetics bin, empty medication blister packs
Rymans’s – recycle bins for biros, batteries and print cartridges
Sainsburys Green Park – recycle bin for batteries
Marks & Spencer - drop unwanted clothes to Marks & Spencer Bath in their Shwop bins – they donate them to Oxfam.
H&M – clothing drop off – receive a £5 voucher to spend instore.
Newton St Loe Farm Shop – Clothes & shoes drop off bin
Sainsburys Odd Down – Marigold washing-up gloves, Cathedral cheese packaging, batteries
Bath & NE Somerset Recycling Centre - Midland Rd - garden waste, home, clothing, shoes, electricals & more. See website.
Groups to join locally
We are sure we have missed out lots of great groups with an interest in creating a more eco-friendly city. We look forward to updating this section very soon. Let us know if you know a group or organisation that should be here!
KidicalMass (via Facebook)
Good For Nothing (via Instagram)
Green Party Bath
Bath People & Planet (via Instagram)
When you can't #shoplocal - DONATE – it costs nothing to give more.
Of course, shopping locally is always a more sustainable option but life isnt perfect ! If you have an Amazon account (its ok, most of us do..) you can sign in via Amazon Smile. This means Amazon donates 0.5% of your purchase every time to your chosen charity. You can choose an environmental charity like the Rainforest Trust or you could donate locally. (We chose Dorothy House Hospice in Winsley as they’ve been so good to us).
It's like offsetting your carbon footprint! At times when Amazon purchases are unavoidable, we feel better knowing they’re also giving a (tiny) bit to charity. It all adds up, Dorothy House have had over £3,000 from Amazon Smile so far for example.
REFILLS ( less plastic in your recycle bin)
Shopping for cleaning products or bathroom essentials needn't mean a new single use plastic bottle every time. Plastic that isn't recycled (and woefully less than 10% actually IS) will take around 450 years to decompose, leaving harmful microplastics in the sea and soil and even us !
Shopping more sustainably means lessening the amount of single use plastic you use - washing up liquid, shampoo, laundry liquid, shower gel, spray cleaners etc etc Bring that bottle to us and we will REFILL it for you here at RE.STORE over and over again. Or you can purchase one of our recyclable bottles which we deliver to your doorstep (and collect it when it is empty to use again).
We hope this #sustainableBath blog has given you some ideas for local alternatives and a lower waste lifestyle. If you know of any more, please do let us know and we will be more than happy to add them and make this guide really comprehensive.
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