Sustainability in Newcastle

12th November 2020 \\ Community News

by miyu meddes

As humans it’s our job to care for and look after our planet. Here at NSU K-Pop we’re always looking at ways that we can be more sustainable, from biodegradable membership cards to promoting online instead of printing out flyers.

We would also like to encourage our members to follow in our footsteps and consider ways then can do the environment some good and consider some sustainable alternatives to their everyday living. We have complied a list of eco-friendly stores in Newcastle that you can support and help the Earth at the same time!


Nil Living

Nil Living is a refill shop situated in the Grainger Market. They were the first zero waste shop in the area and stock household essentials and everyday products which are all plastic free and natural. They also work with The People’s Kitchen, matching any donation made through them, which then goes on to support homeless and disadvantaged people. You can shop online during lockdown on their website and receive your items with their zero-emission delivery.


There are similar stores located across Newcastle if you’re looking for a more local option closer to home.


Something Good is another refill shop located in West Jesmond. All you need to do is bring your own containers (or buy one of their reusable ones in store) and fill it with anything from shampoo, laundry detergent and even dry food with their simple weigh and pay system. They also offer other eco-friendly alternatives such as metal straws and beeswax food wraps.


The Honey Tree is situated on Heaton Road and has been promoting sustainability for years! They sell local and organic produce such as fruit, veg, oats, and pasta. They even have their own deli counter with various meat and cheese products! It’s a great little food store that is definitely worth a check out.

109 is another store in Heaton which recently launched. It’s a great family run general store which carries necessities like eco-friendly soap bars and bamboo brushes. They even have a milk vending machine where you can buy some fresh local milk and support local farmers.


Little Green Social is a refill shop in Sandyford which also boasts a vegan café and bar. Again, you can bring along your own containers to fill up with anything from household cleaner to bodywash and shampoo, and why not stop for a bite to eat also whilst your there!


Of course there’s a lot that goes into being sustainable in the long run, however we can make a start today by supporting these local businesses and going out of our way to do good for our planet by making these changes. For more information about sustainability you can join the Vegan Society at Northumbria or even search for blogs and articles about ways that you can be more eco-friendly!