We want low waste shopping to be as accessible and affordable as possible. We seek out products that offer great value, are ethically sourced, and are up to the job for which they were created. We listen to our customers, and base much of our product sourcing on what we are asked for, so if you don't see the product you like, let us know, and you might just see it appear in future!
We understand that not all of our customers are jedi zero waste masters just yet! We aim to source products which enable positive changes, wherever your lifestyle allows, and we absolutely will not preach at you from some low waste heaven! We aren't perfect either, and we don't pretend to be!
Not everything we sell is organic, nor is it all vegan, nor is it even all healthy (although I tell myself the chocolate is good for my soul!), although we do prioritise these.
Hi, we are Vi and Dan, welcome to Nothing but Footprints!
We met through a shared love of the outdoors, and can still be found to make quick escapes to the hills whenever the opportunity presents itself. We have long been advocates of the 'Leave no Trace' principles when hiking, and soon found ourselves trying to reduce our waste at home too. Having seen refill shops popping up further afield in Bristol and the South West, we yearned for something closer to home. In the end, we decided if no-one else is going to do it, we may as well do it ourselves, and Nothing but Footprints was born!
What exactly is 'zero waste'?...
Living zero waste is about trying to minimise household waste, especially single use plastics, by making more conscious choices to reduce, reuse, and repurpose.
How does a refill shop work?
We bulk order all of your home staples, from lentils to shampoo, from a bunch of great ethical suppliers. You can then come in, armed with containers (or borrow one of ours), and can buy as much (or as little) as you need, all without buying yet more packaging. It saves you wasting food, packaging, and money.
The dispensers look scary, what if I make a mess?!
Don't panic! They aren't as scary as they look, and we are always on hand to help if you need us. If it's your first time visiting us, just give us a wave and we will happily come and show you the ropes. Oh, and don't worry if you spill something, it happens to us all!
Where to find us...
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How to shop with us...
DROP & GO
In a rush?
Leave your clean, labelled containers with us, and we will fill them up ready for you to collect later!
CLICK & COLLECT
Order online and collect from our Banbury shop the next day, or from our Bicester shop or Evenley Forge Coffee every Thursday
6 Castle Quay Shopping Centre, Banbury. OX16 5UH
Mon 9:30am - 5:30pm
Tues 9:30am - 5:30pm
Wed 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thurs 9:30am - 7:00pm
Fri 9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat 9:30am - 5:30pm
Sun 11:00am - 4:00pm
16 Sheep Street, Bicester. OX26 6TB
Tues - Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sun - Mon Closed
Frequently Asked Questions...
Do I need to bring my own containers?
That's the best way to shop, but it isn't the only way! We have paper bags which are free to use, as well as a batch of containers donated by our rather splendid customers which are free to use. We also sell cotton produce bags, clip top jars and bottles should you wish to invest in something new.
Do you deliver?
Yes. We deliver locally every Thursday (orders must be in by midday Wednesday), and can post orders to any UK mainland address. Please note that we are currently unable to send liquids and large boxes of toilet paper (over 6 rolls) through our national delivery service, contact us first should you need these items and we'll figure something out!
What are your delivery charges?
Our local and national deliveries are charged at £3.95 (including a £1 picking and packing fee).
Local deliveries are free if you spend over £30. We deliver locally every Thursday between 9am and 4pm, you can check by entering your postcode in our webshop to see if we deliver to your area. We can only attempt delivery once, so if there is nobody home, please notify us where we can leave the parcel, otherwise we will instead take your order to the next collection point on our route.
National deliveries are usually packed and dispatched within 48 hours of ordering. Please be aware that we do not pack orders at weekends and are closed on bank holidays. All orders are sent via Royal Mail or our chosen parcel courier.
Are you a franchise/chain?
No way José, we are very proud to be independently owned and operated!
Refill shops are expensive though aren't they?
Nope. Contrary to perception, refilling can be much cheaper than buying the packaged equivalents in supermarkets. It really depends on what you compare it to. Refilling herbs and spices, seeds, and most dried fruits, nuts and snacks usually work out to be considerably better priced on refill, and often you can buy organic products loose for less than their non organic packaged equivalents. Not only that but you only need buy what you need, saving cupboard space, food waste, and money!