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Zero waste shops can be an invaluable resource when shifting to a low waste lifestyle — these eco-friendly stores curate a variety of plastic-free, reusable, and refillable essentials in one place, taking out much of the time and research that it would take to find each product separately.
However, with the increasing awareness and interest in sustainability, there has been quite a bit of greenwashing and a lot of cheap so-called “green” products flooding the market, such as unsustainably sourced bamboo utensils and cheaply made reusable coffee cups that are actually only usable a few times.
So where is the eco warrior to shop? Here’s your guide to zero waste shops that will help you fill your needs, sustainably!
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EcoRoots is a plastic-free store dedicated to providing sustainable alternatives for everyday products — from hair care to dish cleaning products — in one aesthetically pleasing online shopping experience. The colorful platform is full of beautiful zero waste products, and each product page features transparent information about the ingredients along with clear instructions on how to use the product. In other words, EcoRoots has set out to make your low waste lifestyle journey both simple and fun!
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning
Zero Waste Store is a huge mecca for all things eco-friendly and low waste from kitchen and cleaning products to shopping and travel to baby and kid essentials. Probably what I love most about Zero Waste Store though are their curated zero waste kits! Sometimes it just feels overwhelming amidst everything else going on in life to research a bunch of individual products when you’re trying to green your kitchen, self-care routine, or anything else. Zero Waste Store does all the work for you pre-selecting a bunch of relevant products in various categories. They have Starter Kits, Hair Care Kits, Menstrual Kits, Farmers Market Kits, Furry Friend Kits, and much more.
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Kids & Baby, Pets
Refill Revolution is an incredible resource for bulk home goods with everything from cleaning essentials to beauty products! (They even have an essential oil refill program.) This is the perfect resource for finding home and personal care products in bulk when you don’t have a bulk store near you or you prefer online shopping during the current situation. What’s awesome about Refill Revolution is that they even offer many of their bulk products in sustainable packaging — which is not as common as you’d think!
Not only does the zero waste shop provide bulk items, but they also have other low-waste goods like menstrual cups and natural deodorant. I discovered this shop a couple of weeks ago and I can’t wait to get some bulk products from them the next time I’m out of something!
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning
If you couldn’t guess from the name, Life Without Plastic is a completely plastic-free online store with tons of low waste, non-toxic products! The shop is dedicated to providing reusable and eco essentials for every area of your life — from laundry and cleaning to food storage and grocery shopping.
Life Without Plastic also has a wholesale program for stores to carry their products, in case you’re a shop owner!
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Kids & Babies, Pets, Office
5. Zero Grocery
Zero is a new kind of (low waste!) grocery delivery service. The company delivers your groceries and then takes back your bags and glass jars from your previous order the next time they deliver. With a monthly subscription, members can get their groceries conveniently delivered to their doorstep while saving money and waste. Zero is a Black woman-owned company.
Categories: Groceries, Personal Care & Beauty
Well Earth Goods is a curated sustainable shop with toxic-free, compostable, and reusable goods for an eco lifestyle. You can find kitchen essentials like reusable cloth coffee filters and plastic-free dish brushes as well as bathroom products like mouthwash tablets and body wash bars.
The zero waste shop also ships in responsible plastic-free packaging, using only recyclable paper-based or compostable starch-based materials.
Categories: Personal Care, Home & Cleaning, Travel
The Good Fill offers not only zero waste essentials like stainless steel containers and produce bags but also provides refills on everyday products such as lotion, body wash, dish detergent, baking soda, Epsom salts, and even bug spray. Their refills are sent in pouches along with a pre-paid shipping label so that you can send them back to The Good Fill to be cleaned and sent off to the next customer! You can buy the storage containers for these products or just save any glass jars and containers you already have to be refilled.
The store also ships in plastic-free packaging using all compostable, recycled or recyclable materials.
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Travel
Founded by zero waste pioneer and influencer Lauren Singer, Package-Free Shop is a destination for low waste goods to make sustainable living easier. The retailer also has plenty of zero waste kits if you’re starting out on your journey or want to zero waste-ify a new element of your life — like oral hygiene or cleaning.
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Office, Kids & Baby, Pets, Travel
Another pretty comprehensive zero waste shop is Tiny Yellow Bungalow. This plastic-free store has plenty of non-toxic and natural goods like reusable organic cotton rounds, organic shave soap bars, and compostable loofahs.
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Kids & Baby, Pets, Travel
EarthHero is a mecca for all things zero waste and eco living. You can find essentials for just about anything you’d need in any area of your life in this eco shop, whether its zero waste personal care, office products, clothing, kitchen tools, decor, or even technology.
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Office, Kids & Baby, Pets, Travel, Audio & Tech, Home Decor
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MeMotherEarth is a small business with a great little zero waste boutique on Etsy! The brand sells zero waste basics like bamboo toothbrushes, food storage bags and wraps, dish brushes and reusable cotton rounds. They also have sets, like a zero waste kitchen kit or a bathroom kit.
Categories: Personal Care & Beauty, Kitchen & Cleaning
12. Elate Cosmetics (Makeup)
Elate Beauty is your destination for all of your zero waste makeup needs! There isn’t a retailer that only sells low/zero waste beauty, but this is one brand where you can find many makeup products.
The clean beauty brand uses 100% cruelty-free, vegan ingredients and 75% of the ingredients in Elate’s products are also organic. While not completely zero waste, Elate uses 75% waste-free packaging — using materials like compostable bamboo and infinitely recyclable aluminum — and is actively working towards becoming completely waste-free.
Their products are also refillable. Once you’ve purchased the first product and you need to refill, simply go to the product page and select the option with the beauty product only. So, instead of choosing “3g Brow Balm + Bamboo Case” you’d choose “3g Only”.
The brand also has a “Perfectly Imperfect” program where they sell any slightly flawed products at a discount — rather than let them go to waste as most makeup brands do!
More Zero Waste Shops
Fill More Waste Less (Black-owned brand)
Marley’s Monsters (on Etsy)
Plantish Future (on Etsy)
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