Our Story

Hi I’m Clare, founder of Good and Proper, Weston-super-Mare’s only zero waste store and eco friendly coffee shop. I’m all about helping people (like you!) feel good about how you buy and what you eat and drink – good for our planet, good for your body, good for your mood!

Growing up in a home where Nestlé was being boycotted, McDonald’s and its cronies were banned, we bought local food and we got our staples at scoop shops! Living a zero waste lifestyle has always been my normal. I even have memories of my mum refusing to buy South African bananas because of Apartheid, and from a very young age, the ethics around food have been ingrained in me.

My passion for food turned into a business, opening a coffee shop called Coco’s Canteen 14 years ago in the heart of Weston, with an emphasis on local produce and good quality ingredients. And things got even more exciting when I opened Good & Proper in Bristol Temple Meads nearly two years ago. It was the very first independent coffee shop inside the station and - boy - has the journey taken me places! Since then, my first coffee shop (the one in Weston) was rebranded to join forces.

During the first lockdown in 2020, however, we had to switch things up in Weston, becoming a zero waste store. There was a local need and it felt good to get back to my roots. December 2020 sadly saw the close of our Bristol coffee shop, another coronavirus closure, but it’s not all doom and gloom because our Weston Good & Proper is still going strong!

I am proud to be Weston’s only zero waste store, where you can refill all your pantry essentials from rice to oats, from shampoo to hand wash and some pretty scrumptious chocolate in between, using any container you have to hand. Pop in and say hello! And if you’re further afield, or keeping safe indoors, you can now get everything you need delivered to your door, via our online store.

As a mum, I’m passionate about doing a little each day to reduce our plastic waste and make our planet a better place for our children to grow up in. Now is the time to do our fair share! So, while you’re visiting, I’m going to serve you the best tasting coffee you’ve had all year, and we can chat saving the planet one refill at a time (all with a slice of cake of course!).

That’s the Good & Proper way. And I can’t wait to welcome you soon.

How it works

  • Tare

    Weigh, (or 'Tare' as it's known in the business) your empty containers

  • Fill

    Fill your containers from our range of zero-waste quality goods

  • Weigh

    Seal up your container and weigh on our in-store scales

  • Label

    Print a label, stick it on your container and then continue shopping

  • Pay

    Once your containers are filled, pay at the till point and enjoy!