Ripple Living Zero Waste Shop in Cardiff

Following on from my blog post (which you can read here) last week about how we’re trying to embrace a more environmentally friendly, zero waste life, I thought I’d pay a visit to Cardiffs first ever zero waste not-for-profit shop, Ripple Living.

Started by Sophie after watching Blue Planet II in 2017, she was deeply shocked to see the devastating harm humans were having on our planet. Ever since then, Sophie decided to start her own zero-waste journey by making small changes to help lighten her personal plastic footprint.

Ripple Living is all about conscious consuming; from our food to fashion choices.

Like Sophie I was shocked to hear some of the statistics surrounding our use of plastic. For example, did you know that every toothbrush ever made is still in existence? Did you also know that by 2050, it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish, in our world ocean.

With information like this at our finger tips, it makes me wonder why more people aren’t trying to embrace a more environmentally friendly life. After all, this is our planet and we need to look after it, and teach future generations how to look after it too.

Last week I paid a visit to Ripple Living and I thought I’d share with you my experience.

Situated on Albany Road in Cardiff, Ripple Living certainly has a friendly vibe about it. As soon as I walked in I was greeted with a friendly hello by one of the male staff members.

As I was walking around I could hear members of staff helping other shoppers with their purchases and answering their questions. They’re definitely knowledgeable and know what they’re talking about.

One of the things that I like most about Ripple Living is that you can bring your own jars, reusable bags and pouches etc with you and simply fill them up with what you need.

Before visiting, I managed to pick up two mason style jars from Home Bargains. The small jar was just 59p and the larger one was 99p.

To fill your jars up in Ripple Living simply put your empty jar onto the scales and follow the on screen instructions to weigh your empty container. A label will print out that you stick to your jar. This label will have a barcode on it.

Then you simply fill up your container, scan the label on your jar and then weigh your now filled jar. A new label will print out with the price of your goods. I was amazed that half a jar of banana chips only cost me 43p!

In addition to the tasty banana chips, Ripple Living have lots of dispensers of other dry foods such as nuts, coffee, chickpeas, desiccated coconut and many more things.

Aside from the food products Ripple Living also offers up lots of other sustainable, reusable items such as reusable sanitary pads, handmade cutlery rolls, purses, washcloths, makeup pads, beeswax food wraps, knitted bowls, candles, handmade soaps and shampoo bars, jewellery, reusable cups, tea towels and bags, bamboo drinking straws, clothes, snack packs and even refillable hand soap, washing up liquid and laundry detergent.

Here are some pictures I took during my visit.

What did I Buy?

In addition to the banana chips, I also bought some reusable make up pads made from organic bamboo cotton, and some reusable sanitary pads.

The reusable make up pads were £7.50 and are soft, antibacterial and absorbent. They’re bamboo layered between a smooth cotton layer and natural muslin.

I also picked up a cute jar for £4 in Matalan to store them in.

The reusable night/heavy sanitary pads by Hey Girls are made from two layers of natural bamboo microfibres and high performing polyurethane to prevent leaks. I can’t remember the exact price, but they were £32 something for five and the reusable bag. I love that it also comes in a handy wet bag, perfect for on the go. I’ve never used reusable sanitary pads before so keep an eye out for my upcoming review of Cheeky Wipes reusable sanitary pads and period pants.

Overall, I love Ripple Living. I wish there were more shops like this in Cardiff, and I can’t wait to visit again!

Have you been to Ripple Living? Are you trying to reduce your use or plastic? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

9 thoughts on “Ripple Living Zero Waste Shop in Cardiff

  1. Neat store! Let us know how those bamboo pads work for you. I’m hesitant on buying my own just as I am hesitant about the menestral cup however this would be a better idea for me over the cup.

  2. We have an excellent local grocery store that has sold produce like this for years. I buy most of our dry goods from there. They also sell fruit and veg as well as stocking a range of locally produced meat.
    I am a recycling ninja at home, constantly ensuring everything we possibly can go in the recycling bins does and taking those items that aren’t collected from the kerbside go to the recycling bins at the local collection points.
    As for the waste plastic in the world. Here’s in the UK we’re pretty good at not throwing waste into our rivers and seas. Yes, we could do better but when we compare ourselves to many countries in the Asia and South America we are absolute angels. The problem will not be solved in Britain alone. Nor would it be solved if most of the western world got it’s act together. It’s a global problem and sadly the resonance of Blue Planet II isn’t inspiring change in the places where the problem is the greatest.

  3. So it’s now, reduce, reuse, recycle, ripple! What a great place to have to go to, and what great lessons you are teaching the twins. The whole plastics vs. fish has my mind blown away. What are we doing to this lovely planet? Great post! #ThatFridayLinky xoxo

  4. Some wonderful ideas here. Love the fact that you can take your own containers to fill. I am currently in the process of making my own reusable sanitary pads. This week on my blog I posted how to make reusable kitchen roll. We definitely need to stop using plastic. #ThatFridayLinky

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