Zero waste in Kingsbridge and Totnes

This is Dartmouth, but still ūüėõ (Credit to my sister, Naomi. Thanks!)

I got back from a family holiday to Kingsbridge in Devon last week. We stayed in some friends’ place which I’ve been to several summers in a row, but this time I have some things to say with my zero waste lenses to look from! Here are a few of my observations…

Charity shops here are on another level of awesome!¬†Kingsbridge is a small village with a small high street. And yet there were at least 6 charity shops to choose from. And Totnes (where we made a visit on one of the days of our trip) had an even longer high street choc-full of charity shops- like 15+! It’s my new favourite street on the planet. Not only was there frequency, but in general the quality and range of items that were stocked were extraordinary. I saw large sections of baby furniture and clothing, cookware and toys (and all the normal stuff) at amazing prices and in unbelievable condition. In this neck of the woods, charity shops can be relied upon to find consistent quality and range, unlike my usual London scavenges¬†which often end in disappointment, or having to really rummage for a gem amongst the rubbish. Although I didn’t buy anything I did marvel at all the opportunities. It seems that buying from and donating to charity shops is much more of a common practice.


Nicholson’s Emporium– this little shop in the middle of Fore St. (the high street) specialises in eco products among its homeware and gifts. I stepped into the back room to find Ecover products in large kegs that you could refill, as well as glass jars of spices behind the counter for bulk buying.


Green FibresРAt the top of Fore St. in Totnes (confusingly their high streets are named the same!) is this little shop that sells organic socks and underwear as well as a heap of staples for zero waste living. I personally picked up an aluminium tin to keep soap in, an organic cotton grocery bag, and two replacement heads for my Redecker washing up brush (I was about to give up hope of finding these in person and turn to the internet), but they had handkerchiefs, natural soaps, wooden toothbrushes and all sorts too!

If you’re ever in the area, check these out. Apologies for not taking pictures of these places, I’m terrible at remembering these things!


Charity shop finds #1

I have a lot of love for charity shops. You can get terrible ones, admittedly, but generally even the ones that don’t look too promising you can find one gem. Shopping second-hand is exciting because it’s like a quest; you have no idea what you’re going to find, and no two are the same.

Over the last few months I have been keeping my eyes peeled everywhere I go for charity shops, and popping in with a mental list of items I need. On my way home from the train station this week I managed to tick 3 off my list from just one shop (Barnardo’s on Brixton Road if you’re curious)!

Firstly, kitchen investments. I’ve been wanting to invest in a Pyrex jug for the longest time, and the only ones I’ve seen have been like 200ml, but this one goes up to 1L so I’m a happy bunny. RRP ¬£5.00 bought for ¬£3.99 so not a major saving, but a saving nonetheless, AND I saved the energy and resources used to make a new jug for me so I think I win! Then there’s the sieve, which I so often wished I had mid baking-session or to steam my vegetables with (I’ll be living the life now!) RRP ¬£6.00 bought for ¬£2.99, see, I’m getting better at this saving lark!


Books! When charity shop shopping for books it is even more of a lucky dip scenario than homeware or clothes. Which is why I was absolutely over the moon to find 2 copies of Caitlin Moran’s How To Be A Woman¬†on the shelf! I was gonna try and Ebay it to be honest, but this way I managed to avoid acquiring another parcel to reuse. RRP ¬£7.99 bought for ¬£1.99, YESSS. This Make Do and Mend book is from The Imperial War Museum, and is a reprint of an original book released during WWII by the government to help people make their clothes last longer. This was a spontaneous purchase, but considering it combines my love of sewing, WWII history, and the environment, I’m pretty confident I made a good choice. RRP ¬£4.00 bought for ¬£1.99.