Introducing the First Zero Waste shop in Herts. We know that we wont be the last. Just over 6 months ago the idea of Bamboo Turtle was born, primarily out of frustration at not being able to successfully shop waste free. Unfortunately supermarkets provide a convenient but wasteful way of shopping. Every pasta packet, toothpaste tube and plastic wrapped broccoli adds to the mountains of waste that enter our recycling plants at best, or our oceans at worst, taking hundreds of years to breakdown and enter our food systems. And then we have food waste. Sometimes all we need is a handful of oats or a teaspoon of herbs and spices. Shopping at Bamboo Turtle allows you to buy exactly the amount of food you need in your own package.

So how does it work; any clean container will do: paper, glass, tin, fabric,
plastic (yep plastic, if it’s already in the home then reuse it until it falls apart. It doesn’t make sense to throw it out when it still has a use). Then it’s a simple process of ‘bring, weigh, fill and pay’. The empty container is weighed, it’s then filled with any number of goodies that we sell ranging from pastas, dried fruits, flour, sugars and more and then we reweigh it at the paying till where you pay only for what is in your container. By helping yourself and using our gravity dispensers and ski boots you are in complete control of what and how much you buy. Simple.

So that’s downstairs, the really exciting stuff is upstairs!! That’s where you’ll find toilet rolls, shampoos, conditioners, make up removing face pads, bamboo straws, soaps and many more items. Hopefully we’ve offered a plastic free alternative to most items that would normally be over packaged.

Please feel free to pop in anytime to learn more about Zero Waste in Herts.

HOW IT WORKS.

Step 1 . You BRING your own containers – dont worry we will have spares if you feel an impromptu mung bean order is necessary.

Step 2. You then WEIGH your containers – You write the weight on container.

Step 3. You decide on what fabulous bounty you want to buy and FILL your containers – the FUN part.

Step 4. We then weigh your products – subtract the original weight and you PAY the difference.

To enable a STRESS free & fun shopping experience – we do all the maths for you.

What can you use as a container ? Literally anything from home. We ve seen cereal boxes or takeaway boxes or celebrations tins. The more plastic the better – it means that the plastics from home are being reused and not ending up in landfill or in our food chain.

As long as it s clean and can be closed it will work.

We do stock glass and aluminium jars for you to buy – and of course bring back to refill.

We also stock compostable, reusable, recyclable brown bags for you to use.

WHAT’S IN STOCK

This list will change as and when we run out of stock or we add extras to it. If you re desperate for something and not sure if it s in stock please contact us :

Sea SaltChilli GroundWashing Up BrushesReusable Sanitary Towels
Sugar Golden FairtradeCeylon CinnamonPot ScourersChia Seeds
DemeraraCinnamon SticksCompostable ClothsLinseeds
Coconut Milk PowderCloves WholeBamboo StrawsMixed Nut
Rye FlourCloves GroundMetal StrawsDe Shelled Hemp Seeds
Coconut FlourCoriander GroundEcoffee CupsAlmonds
Plain FlourCoriander SeedsFriendly SoapsCashews
Self-raising FlourCumin GroundShampoo BarsHazel Nuts
Cacao PowderCumin SeedsShaving BarsPine Nuts
Gf Self-raising FlourCurry PowderMutiny Shaving KitsPeanuts
Coconut SugarFennel SeedsEarth Conscious DeoWalnut
CouscousFenugreek SeedElephant BoxSesame Seeds
QuinoaGaram MasalaCanvas ShoppersSunflower
Lentils RedGinger- GroundMesh Veg BagsPumpkin
Lentils GreenMustard Seed GroundString BagsCoconut Chips
AdukiMustard Seeds- YellowToilet PaperMacaroni
Red Kidney BeansPaprikaShampooConchiglie
ChickpeasPaprika- SmokedConditionerWholewheat Fusilli
Wheat GrainTurmericWashing Up LiquidPenne
Mixed SpicesWashing PowderFusilli
Muesli DeluxeGround White PepperDishwashing LiquidBasmati  Rice
Bran FlakesNutmeg- GroundDishwasher LiquidRisotto Rice
Oats PorridgeNutmeg- WholeMason JarsBrown Rice Long Grain
ApplesBasilBamboo ToothbrushesPeppermint Tea
ApricotsBay LeavesReusable Face RoundsChamomile Tea
BananasMixed HerbsBamboo EarbudsEarl Grey
DatesOreganoBeauty BalmsEnglish Breakfast
FigsParsleyLip BalmsGreen Tea
MangoRosemaryTea InfusersCoffee Beans
RaisinsSageNut Mylk BagsFilter Coffee Ground
PrunesThymeRecycled NotebooksCoffee Beans
SultanasDillDental FlossDecaf Filter Coffee
Black PeppercornsAniseedOil PourersDairy Free Hot Chocolate
Cardamom Seed WholeMarjoramBees Wax Wraps
Caraway SeedsMintKonjac Sponges
Cardamom Seed-GroundChilly BottlesOrganicup

Opening Hours

Monday

10am - 6.30pm

Tuesday

10am - 4pm

Wednesday

10am - 6.30pm

Thursday

10am - 4pm

Friday

10am - 4pm

Saturday

10am - 4pm

Sunday

10am - 1pm

For Bank Holiday weekends please see our Facebook or Instagram page!