From cupboard staples and tasty treats to great gift ideas, Simply Green is the go-to, community-based store for stocking up with a clear conscience

When it comes to shopping, many of us are keen to keep it as local and green as possible, aware of how important it is to support our independent retailers, while also doing our bit for the planet. 

As thoughts slowly turn towards making gift lists for the festive season, the good news is that with shops in both Nailsea and Portishead and ‘zero waste’ credentials, Simply Green ticks both of those boxes. Even better, not only will you find a wonderful range of gift ideas to suit all tastes, but you can even pick up everything you need to ensure your wrapping up rituals are plastic free.

Bethan Walker, director and founder of Simply Green, explained that not all traditional wrapping paper is recyclable, especially the glitter-laden varieties. “It’s not something that everyone’s aware of,” she admitted. “We know and understand that people still want to gift wrap and surprise their loved ones, so we’re delighted to be stocking a range of recyclable paper and tape that won’t be heading for landfill after the festive season.” 

When it comes to gift ideas, visitors will be thrilled to find a choice of both practical and more indulgent items, ranging from must-have gardening accessories and branded water bottles, complete with attractive designs, to all-natural luxurious soap and shampoo bars in enticing blends of sumptuous fragrances, delightfully aromatic candles and elegant shaving sets. There are also plenty of mouthwatering sweet treats, including dairy free, artisanal fudge in a tempting array of flavours.

Many of the products stocked are made by local producers, with businesses based in Bristol, Backwell and Long Ashton among those represented at Simply Green. Customers are free to purchase items individually or handpick and combine a selection of gift ideas in a festive hamper or box.

Since opening its doors in both Nailsea and Portishead, Simply Green has built up a reputation as the go-to zero-waste store for everything needed to make a fully balanced meal and more, from essential cupboard staples, cooking ingredients to healthy snacks, tasty treats and household cleaning items that are kinder to the planet.

The shelves are brimming with colourful pungent spices, pasta, rice, pulses, nuts and grains, while the fridge and freezer sections offer an attractive mix of sweet and savoury items, frozen fruit salad, hash browns and the always-popular focaccia pizza dough. No trip is complete without an extra-special indulgence, such as the divine Caromel Cashew Organic Treenut Butter by Nutcessity, which surely must be a contender for treat of the week.

For a detailed browse through what Simply Green has to offer, pop into one of the shops or head to their website at www.simplygreenzerowaste.co.uk, where orders can be placed for delivery or collection. 

Simply Green is located in 26 Victoria Square, Portishead, BS20 6AQ, behind Aldi and opposite Portishead Medical Group; and at 132 The High Street, Nailsea, Bristol BS48 1AH. For more information, call 01275 219574 or 01275 560266.