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
2. The Rounds
Looking for the convenience of grocery delivery to your doorstep, but not a fan of the wasteful packaging? Enter in: The Rounds.
This closed loop, two-way logistics network offers a zero waste delivery process by delivering your essentials with reusable containers in a tote bag and picking up the empties for you (mostly by e-bike) to clean and reuse them. Committed to sustainability, the delivery company also works with local businesses to source locally-made goods. The Rounds is currently available in Atlanta, DC, Miami, and Philadelphia but will be expanding as part of their mission to make zero waste the new norm.
Categories: Baby, Household, Pantry, Personal Care, Pets
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
This UK-based zero waste online shop has over 1,800 products to make it easier to find low impact alternatives for your everyday needs. Whether you’re looking for plastic-free dish soap for your cleaning routine or natural face masks for your weekly self-care ritual, Friendly Turtle has what you’re looking for.
The low waste store also has cards, candles, bundle sets and starter packages perfect for eco-friendly gifts!
Categories: Health & Personal Care, Kitchen, Bathroom, On The Go, Home & Outdoors, Baby & Toddler, Gifts
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
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
Filaree is a woman-owned zero-waste shop that sells natural personal care and cleaning goods free from harmful toxins. Filaree offers refill options for all of their products including dish soap, body lotion, and hair care essentials. They currently have over 45 refill stations throughout the US. Use their store locator to find a zero waste shop near you or subscribe to a product to refill by mail.
Categories: Personal Care, Cleaning
Fill More Waste Less carries both zero waste and refillable products. They have a thorough selection of waste-free goods to meet most of your needs, whether you’re looking for plastic-free cleaning supplies or compostable floss. Fill More Waste Less also has a small collection of eco-friendly goods for kids including recycled crayons, as well as a line for pets. If that wasn’t enough, you can visit their Cincinnati storefront, or order online, to refill your cleaning and care essentials.
Categories: Personal Care, Home, Pets, Kids, Cleaning
Marley’s Monsters is an eco-friendly small business that makes reusable cleaning items with fun prints. They are most known for their best-selling reusable UNpaper towels which are made from cotton flannel and come in a pack of 24 “surprise prints” or solids. You can also find numerous creatively printed goods such as Toilet UNpaper, facial rounds, coasters, sponges, and pan covers at Marley’s Monsters.
Categories: Cleaning, Kitchen, Home, Personal Care
14. Plantish Future
Plantish Future is a thoughtfully curated online zero waste shop on Etsy. They carry vegan, plastic-free goods such as reusable dish covers, safety razors, and laundry soap bars. What sets Plantish Future apart, however, is their printed handmade sponges and cleaning cloths. You can choose between numerous stunning and fun designs like Eucalyptus leaves, cartoon foxes, and cacti. With Plantish Future, your sustainable cleaning supplies get to double as art.
Categories: Cleaning, Kitchen, Personal Care, Home
15. Simply Zero
Simply Zero is a large online zero waste store with plastic-free, package-free, and refillable/reusable options. They are a woman-owned business that started after the founder decided to adopt a zero-waste lifestyle in 2017. It’s now grown into an online store and blog with pop-ups and events to create a zero-waste community. Simply Zero makes it easy to find what you’re looking for – you can shop by category, value, or through the refill store.
Categories: Home, Personal Care & Beauty, Cleaning
16. The Zero Market
If you live in Colorado and you’re looking for zero waste retail stores, The Zero Market is a must. They have three storefronts in Edgewater, Aurora, and Denver, as well as an online shop. They offer over 1,200 organic, local, package-free, and bulk goods to simplify zero-waste shopping.
Categories: Food, Cleaning, Personal Care
Zero Waste Cartel is a wonderful place to find eco-friendly personal care essentials including bamboo hair brushes, biodegradable cotton swabs, and upcycled beauty products. They also have an extensive collection of zero-waste kitchen goods like dish soap bars, organic cotton paper towels, and reusable baking sheets. Zero Waste Cartel uses a portion of their proceeds to plant trees and have planted 70,000 to date.
Categories: Kitchen, Bathroom, Personal Care
Zerovana is a family-owned business that wants to make it easier for others to reduce their everyday waste. At Zerovana you’ll find a range of every-day zero-waste items from reusable lunch boxes, bamboo cutlery and toothbrushes, to dog shampoo bars and ceramic soap dishes.
Everything they sell is reusable, sustainably sourced, and meant to replace common plastic or single-use items. As such, even their shipping and packaging materials are plastic-free and compostable.
Zerovana donates 1% of their profits to plant trees through the National Forest Foundation.
Categories: Home & Cleaning, Kitchen, Personal Care
Founded in 2010, The Refill Shoppe is a certified B-Corp, certified Green Business, and member of 1% For The Planet. This online zero waste shop has all your standard low-waste fare as well as kits and giftable items like zero waste bath salts. The Refill Shoppe has a subscription program if you want to get refills of some of your daily essentials regularly too.
Categories: Personal Care, Beauty, Home & Cleaning, Kitchen
20. 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!