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Introducing the First Zero Waste shop in Herts. We know that we won’t 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 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.


fabulous recipes to try with some of the ingredients found in store

Hemp protein porridge

Hemp protein porridge

Gluten free and protein rich  

Carrot cookies

Carrot cookies

“They were so good, deliciously fat and chewy and they held together well- don’t skimp on the flax (or you can use ground chia). The date sugar gave a lovely caramel flavour and a slight crispness, you could use another unrefined granulated sugar – why […]

Chocolate Overnight Oat Cookies

Chocolate Overnight Oat Cookies

“These are soft breakfast cookies- basically oatmeal in a cookie form quite literally, perfect for on the run for those already back to work or for impromptu trips or visits to family. I find these freeze well too.” Jo

Festive Nut Roast

Festive Nut Roast

Time saving tip:  Bake a few days in advance, freeze, then defrost for an hour or so on Christmas morning just enough to slice neatly and then arrange the individual slices on a baking sheet and ‘double bake’ for super crispy edges and to heat […]

Healthy Fudge

Healthy Fudge

Now, before you get ahead of yourself, these little treats aren’t identical to fudge…so don’t go expecting a regular sugar loaded, melt in your mouth (furry teeth inducing) fudge morsel. These little treats are full of healthy ingredients, are sugar free and have a really […]


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