Hi, I’m Katie and, along with some lovely helpers, I run Tribe Zero-Waste.

I was motivated to start my personal zero-waste journey when I was working at local food co-op Cultivate. It was here I met the founders of SESI refill who opened my eyes to the amount of plastic-waste in the world.

They inspired me to help set up some SESI detergent refill dispensers at The Mix, a community space in Wantage, where I grew up. It soon became clear the local community wanted to shop for food refills too!


With help from Rina and Paul at SESI I set up a regular pop-up shop at The Mix and was soon asked to do pop-ups all over Oxfordshire. 

Once the Covid-19 outbreak hit, we began offering a local delivery service, packaging all our our goods in compostable and recyclable paper packaging or reusable tubs.

Rina & Paul at SESI

After 4 years running Tribe zero-waste part-time I was lucky enough to be offered a retail space in Faringdon as part of the Meanwhile in Oxfordshire scheme. 

We now have a permanent space to allow you to come and refill your own containers. Increasing the reach and impact of Tribe zero-waste and giving me the opportunity and absolute joy of running the business full-time.


I try to keep the running of Tribe zero-waste as low-impact as possible. Sourcing organic foods, circular supply chains and local producers where possible. 

Buying in bulk means I can help reduce the amount of packaging per item all of which I recycle or re-use.

So much of our equipment and shop fittings have been sourced second-hand. From our self-service scales to our food tubs, dispensers and shelving. Even our shopping baskets were pre-loved!

For home deliveries I have sourced recyclable and compostable paper bags and I’m pleased to say we now have an electric van to do deliveries and market trips.

This journey is really a result of the support and passion of the local community.  I’m so pleased there are more and more of us joining the Tribe and looking to make a positive change in our little bit of the world.

Katie with cherries in Faringdon shop

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Thomas GraffThomas Graff
19:17 17 Sep 22
Not only is the concept behind this shop absolutely ingenious; but the products, selection and service for a relatively small business are also truly excellent. Everyone in Faringdon should shop here!
Rachel WilliamsRachel Williams
18:38 17 Sep 22
fabulous shop. Such wonderful staff. Katie really knows her stuff and is willing to take on suggestions for new products. Faringdon is a lovely town where it is an easy walk from either car part to get to the shop. such an asset to the town!
Jennifer YatesJennifer Yates
18:37 17 Sep 22
This is a really great shop for all your zero waste needs. There is a great range of products and the vegan sweets are particularly delicious.
Jane RennellsJane Rennells
18:26 17 Sep 22
I LOVE Tribe Zero Waste. Everything is ethically sourced and kind to the environment meaning I can shop with confidence knowing Katie has done the hard work for us. I shop for daily essentials, treats and gifts with some of my favourite things being the refill granola, chocolate, poo bags (you gotta love a good poo bag!), refill nuts and so much more... What an asset to the town.
Cheryl PullenCheryl Pullen
18:18 10 Jul 22
Lovely store. Loads of products to choose from - refills of cupboard staples, household items and sweets too! Love the vegan fizzy mix sweets!