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Eco and ethical food and drink


Having previously explored Bristol’s late night kebab economy, Evie Steen now looks at the growing trend for zero waste and ethical food and drink

With the increasing awareness of the need to reduce our carbon footprint, Bristol has seen a rapid increase in Zero Waste shops. For around 30 years, Scoopaway has led the way, serving customers nutritious and organic food and encouraging them to ditch throw-away packaging and bring reusable bags and containers to fill with staples such as rice, beans, pulses, cereals and more. Scoop the required amounts from the food bins into your bag just like it says on the sign. This independent and friendly store still sells an impressive range of the everyday grocery items on your shopping list so be sure to make the change, choose local and be sure to check out the tea selection.

Scoopaway, 113 Gloucester Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 8AT
www.scoopawayhealthfoods.co.uk 0117 987 2199

Sitting in or eating out

Take-away food often entails a handful of plastic forks, a box you will never use again and pathetic-sized ketchup and mayonnaise packets. Not to mention the amount of food wasted by making the huge eyes-bigger-than-your-stomach mistake. No need to worry, here we have some suggestions of notable restaurants and cafes serving up the most zero waste meals.


Park Street; Here, Bath Road; Emersons Green; Victoria Street; The Eye, Glass Wharf; Cathedral Walk, Harbourside


Friska is a very popular café for coffee, breakfast and lunch, introduced to Bristol by two young entrepreneurs Griff Holland and Ed Brown in 2009. It’s not just the good food that keeps people coming, the great thing is that all of their take-away boxes and utensils are wooden, limiting the use of single use plastics means they are really doing their part. Alongside this, all unsold food is given to homeless charities and on-site waste is either re-cycled, composted or incinerated meaning nothing goes to landfill. You can’t talk about Friska without mentioning their partnership with two important charities FRANK Water, who raise money for clean water projects in the developing world, and Deki (a n ethical loans scheme for remote and marginalised communities). Friska’s wholesome attitude to eating really allows customers to feel good as the owners intended. Saving the planet and happy taste buds make a good lunchtime combination.

Poco Tapas Bar

45 Jamaica Street, BS2 8JP


In 2004 co-founders Tom Hunt, Jen Best and Ben Pryor took Bristol by storm, bringing even more life to the pleasure-seekers of the city by combining the acts of self-indulgence and helping the planet. With a goal of sustainability and waste reduction, this eatery has received several eco awards including most ethical restaurant in 2013 and Food Made Good Best Business Of The Year award in 2016 and 2018. Multi-talented head chef Tom Hunt defines himself as an ‘Eco chef, food waste activist and a big eater’, which undoubtedly creates a feeling of comfort and reassurance that you know you will be eating well in his care. All parts of the ingredients are used in some sort of funky way on your plate or in your cocktail in order to diminish waste produced from the company. What’s not to love? Check out Tom’s blog and the Poco website for upcoming events in this jazzy space on the corner of Jamaica street, hire Tom’s crew out for a festival, or see how he can make your wedding day even more special (and sustainable of course). https://www.tomsfeast.com/poco-festivals/poco-bristol/

Better Food Company

Sevier Street, St Werburgh’s, Whiteladies Road, Clifton; Gaol Ferry Steps, Wapping Wharf


We all know that shopping organic is important but shopping local is even better. Enter Better Food who clearly state that when it come to food shopping, the most important factors to bear in mind are organic, local and ethical. After starting off as a food box service, going against the grain of mass production in the food industry, this independent Bristol-based company has spread it wings and its territory, having shops and cafes now in three locations; St Werburgh’s, Clifton and Wapping Wharf. They pride themselves on their relationships with their food providers, and on the website you are able to see a list of their suppliers so customers can be confident in what they are buying.

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