First Zero Waste Shop in Kent

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I think most of us are waking up to the fact that our planet is at breaking point, with plastic pollution around the world causing widespread damage to our oceans, habitats and food chains. The Guardian reported last year how 1 million plastic bottles are bought around the world every minute, with most ending up in landfill or in the sea. Watching the series Blue Planet made me feel guilt and shame, however all this information has given me a new determination to make a change, and I am definitely not alone.

I have noticed a big Zero Waste movement going on recently, with events like Plastic Free July, and more and more of us recycling clothes and furniture, and also shopping locally, in independent shops. I have been trying to make non plastic swaps where I can, and be more conscious of what I’m buying and what packaging it comes in.

So when I found out we had our first Zero Waste shop here in Kent, I had to go down to Canterbury to check it out! 

Unboxed Zero Waste Shop Canterbury
Unboxed is in a Grade II Listed Building so the shop front is in keeping with the street.

Unboxed Canterbury’s First Zero Waste Shop

Unboxed has only been open a few months and is dedicated to using eco-friendly, biodegradable, natural products without all the unnecessary packaging. You take your own container, fill it up with as much or as little as you like, print out the label, and pay at the till. Unboxed is also independently owned and often stock local suppliers, so you’re putting your money back into the local economy.

What Unboxed Sell

Unboxed sell everything you need for your store cupboard; cereals, pasta, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices. They also stock fruit and veg, fairtrade teas and coffees, even oils and vinegars in small amounts.There is a selection of toiletries including bamboo toothbrushes, natural cleaning products, even washing powder that you can buy in small quantities and plastic free.

unboxed zero waste shop

Unboxed’s Mission

Unboxed are dedicated to creating a cleaner, better Earth by reducing the amount of plastic and other waste used for packaging everyday items. As well as cutting down on pointless plastics and single use packaging, Unboxed’s aim is to not only help combat waste, as you only buy what you need, but also help you live a healthier life, by only stocking products containing natural ingredients. Their mission is to live a waste free life, so everything in the shop is either package free, or fully recyclable. Nothing you buy from the store will get sent to a landfill site.

zero waste shop


Unboxed makes me think of how shopping must have been in my Grandma’s era, where you knew the shop keeper, and were part of a community. I don’t really know how and why we ever lost sight of that, and I can see that we are all heading back in that direction. It felt good to me buying produce from a shop where I’ve met the owner, and trust their integrity to supply me with ethically sourced, natural produce. I also preferred giving my money to someone who is a small business, and needs my support. I received great personal service, and was very happy with all my goods, so I will definitely be one of their regular customers!

It takes a bit of organisation doing a zero waste shop, so I’ve listed some items below you might find useful to get started;

Items You May Need for a Zero Waste Shop


I really enjoyed my visit to Unboxed, and so lovely to see a Zero Waste shop here in Kent. Thank You Eve for being so incredibly helpful and showing me around!

If you would like to visit Unboxed in Canterbury, the address is below;

Unboxed Kent,
Conquest House,
17 Palace Street,

Or you can follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

If you don’t live nearby, you can find a Zero Waste Shop near you here

Have you been trying to cut down on single plastic use? I would love to hear – let me know in the comments below!

Natalie x

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Welcome to Does It Work, my blog dedicated to sharing my quest to live a healthier, less toxic and more natural way of life. If you want to look good and feel great, are eager to avoid chemical-overload in your life - and find effective alternatives to every day products, you've come to the right place! I'm passionate about finding organic and natural alternatives to mainstream products. Why? Because I really believe they are better for us - and for our environment. We use so many chemical-laden products in our homes, and on our skin and hair, that it's vital to be mindful of what we’re using, not just for our own health, but for our children, pets and the planet. My passion for natural, safer alternatives has also been fuelled by the fact that my mum died of cancer when she was very young, something that could well be attributed to the prevalence of potentially harmful ingredients commonly used in hair products and skincare, food additives and chemicals found in the environment. I've always shared my recommendations and experiences of products, treatments and therapies that I've tried and tested with my clients (I'm a professional hairdresser), and through my blog, I can reach a new and wider audience. As well as my expertise in hair, I have considerable knowledge and experience of alternative therapies and techniques, including Reiki, meditation, Feng Shui, EFT, NLP and martial arts. I’ve been actively researching, and testing as many products that I can over the last 10 years. From skincare and make-up, to food and even homeware, I’ve been incorporating the best of what I find into my daily life - and I’ve never felt better. And now I'm sharing it with you, so you can read about things that I've road-tested – and take your pick of the products that I've tried. I'm glad to have you on board and look forward to hearing about your experiences too. Enjoy! Natalie X

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