About Us

Re:Store is a zero waste shop based in Hackney, London. Bring your own containers to refill, and pay by weight!

The shop opened in Hackney Downs Studios in February 2019 when owner Megan recognised a need for more conscious shopping, and being inspired by the small number of zero waste shops that were open at the time in London.

The concept of a zero waste shop, or refill shop, is that customers bring their own containers (this can be anything from jam jars to sandwich bags, to old plastic takeaway containers) to refill with the range of products you can see on this website.

The main aim is to reduce the use of plastic and packaging to reduce our overall impact on the planet, but we also want to create a strong sense of community by hosting events and sharing information, and being inclusive and accessible with our pricing. 

We make every effort to source the most ethical products. Most of our food products are Organic, Vegan and produced or made in Europe. We have a number of small Hackney based suppliers as we love to source locally and support fellow independent businesses, as well as sourcing products from ethical wholesalers. All of our household cleaning and personal care products are free from chemicals are vegan, cruelty-free, and made in the UK. 

 A note on packaging

Transparency is really important to us and we want to share with you how the products arrive to us from our wholesalers and producers. We work with First Mile waste management and can recycle most of the plastic packaging we receive.

Paper sacks: Spelt Pasta, Wholefoods (lentils, beans, grains), Rice, Orzo, Oats, Muesli, Seeds, Tea, Flour, Bicarb, Herbs

Cardboard box: GF pasta

Cardboard box with plastic lining: Bran Flakes, Cashews, Almonds, Walnuts, Dried Fruit, Noodles, Coconut sugar, Coconut slices, Nutritional yeast, Granola, Chocolate

Plastic packaging: Fusilli, Penne, Spaghetti, Mango, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts, Spices

Closed Loop (i.e. packaging refilled by supplier and never enters waste system): Household & cleaning products, oils, vinegar, personal care products, Coffee Beans

 

A note on pricing

We aim to be as accessible as possible and match our pricing to mid-tier supermarkets (think the orange one and the blue one!). Whilst this is hard for a small business like ours that don't benefit from the volumes that the supermarkets do, we want to get as many people as possible shopping this way.

To illustrate why shopping and cooking from scratch is more cost effective than buying pre-packaged (as well as being much better for the planet!) we have put together some price comparisons.

Comparison 1 

Tesco Vegan Tikka Ready Meal

Total = £3.50 (Serves 1 person)

Vs.

Re:Store Home Cooked Lentil Daal

200g Red Lentils: 60p

Coconut Milk: £1.95

10g Tumeric: 35p

10g Cumin: 12p

5g Salt: 9p

10g Bouillon: 14p

Total = £3.25 (Serves 4 people)

Comparison 2

Sainsbury's Tomato Pasta Ready Meal

Total = £2.50 (Serves 1 person)

Vs.

Re:Store Home Cooked Tomato Pasta

450g Fusilli: £1.35

Tinned Tomato: £1.15

10g Dried Basil: 35p

10g Garlic Powder: 27p

8g Salt: 7p

40g Vegan Parm: £1.68

100ml EV Olive Oil: £1.10

Total = £5.97 (Serves 6 people)

Comparison 3

Nando's Bean Wrap + Quinoa Salad

Total = £14.50 (Serves 1 person)

Vs.

Re:Store Home Cooked Grilled Tofu + Quinoa & Chickpea Salad

250g Tofu: £4.50

300g Quinoa: £1.38

100g Chickpeas: 89p

100g Pumpkin Seed: £1.60

10g Smoked Paprika: 13p

10g Chilli Flakes: 18p

100ml Tamari: 66p

100ml Rapeseed Oil: 60p

Total = £10.43 (Serves 4 people)

Comparison 4

Sainsbury's shopping basket:

Organic Basmati 500g: £2.00

Organic Fusilli Pasta 500g: £1

Organic CousCous: £1.20

Porridge Oats 1kg: £1.10

Sunflower seeds 100g: £1.00

Chia Seeds 230g: £4.30

Dates 250g: £2.50

Banana Chips 85g: 80p

Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil 500ml: £3.00

Smoked Paprika 44g: 90p

Total = £17.80

Vs.

Re:Store shopping basket

Organic Basmati 500g: £2.10

Organic Fusilli Pasta 500g: £1.50

Organic CousCous: £1.55

Porridge Oats 1kg: £1.50

Sunflower seeds 100g: 69p

Chia Seeds 230g: £2.35

Dates 250g: £2.50

Banana Chips 85g: 62p

Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil 500ml: £3.00

Smoked Paprika 44g: 57p

Total = £16.38