Zero Waste Shops in the United States and Guide to Shopping Unpackaged

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Zero Waste Shops are opening up all over the USA!

A majority of food at grocery stores today is wrapped in plastic packaging. Millions of people are waking up to the toll this is taking on our earth, our fellow species and our society as a whole. Some of those people have been inspired enough to open shops that are dedicated to offering food with no plastic packaging at all. These shops have hundreds of unpackaged foods to choose from – legumes, flours, dried fruits, nuts, teas, herbs, spices, coffees, pasta and more. They often also carry liquids such as oils, vinegar, wine, condiments and kombucha as well as machines to grind your own almond butter and peanut butter. Many offer nonfood items including personal hygiene items and cleaning products such as soap and laundry detergent. Also, they carry many tools to help people live zero waste whether at home, work, school or on the go. 

Zero waste shops may be a new concept, but the philosophy and actions behind them have long been in existence. Just decades ago, all food was unpackaged or packaged in biodegradable paper and fibers. But we aren’t living in the past and that has made the necessity for zero waste shops. The founders of these shops don’t do it just for the act of serving the unpackaged food. It is an act of resistance against a wasteful system and comes from a deep desire to change the system. Zero waste shops serve as much as a form of activism as they do a grocery store in themselves. They exist to educate people and show that another way is possible. They exist to create a story that the media can pick up to report on the problems with our destructive systems and help the viewers realize that another way is possible.

Another option: Food Co-ops

Food co-ops have existed for over five decades in the United States and thousands of them exist. With extensive bulk food sections and unpackaged produce, they carry much of what these zero waste shops carry as well as other items for daily life. Between food co-ops, supermarkets with bulk sections, farmers markets and buying clubs there are many options to buy package-free food.

Finding Package-Free Foods and Items

To find a store with package-free options check out the Bulk Finder App on ZeroWasteHome.com. This is the best tool that we know of to find bulk shopping options across the country. You can use this Coop Directory Service to find a food coop near you. And you can use the directory and map on localharvest.org to find thousands of farmers’ markets across the USA.

 

Zero-Waste Shops Across the United States

Below we have made a list of all the Zero Waste Shops we could find in the United States as of mid 2022. We have done this to celebrate the movement, support them, and help you find one near you. If you’ve never been to a zero waste shop, be prepared for a real treat!

With only a handful of states with full-fledged zero waste shops currently in the USA (as of mid 2022) you may not have one near you but keep them in mind for your next trip!

Alaska, Anchorage – Blue Market AK@bluemarketak

California, Albany – Fillgood.co@fillgood.co
California, Costa Mesa and Anaheim, Pop-Up Farmer’s MarketsEcoNowCA@eco.now.ca
California, Costa Mesa – Fill Up, Buttercup@fillupbuttercup
California, Encinitas – The Nada Shop@thenadashop
California, Huntington Beach – BYO Long Beach 
California, Long Beach (3 locations)BYO Longbeach@byolongbeach
California, Los Angeles – Sustain LA@sustain_la
California, Los Angeles – Wild Terra@wildterra.la
California, Los Angeles – RefilleryLA@refilleryla
California, Los Angeles (Glendale) – Tare @re_grocery
California, Los Angeles (Manhattan Beach) – The Waste Less Shop @thewastelessshop
California, Los Angeles (Venice) – Recontained@recontained_la
California, Morgan Hill – The Fillerup Shop@fillerup.shop
California, Nevada City – Gaia Soap Supply@soap_nevadacity
California, Newport Beach – Little Shop by the Sea@thelittleshopbythesea
California, Oakland – The Re-Up Refill Shop@reup_refills
California, Oceanside – Sonora Refillery@sonorarefillery
California, Oceanside – Reap & Sow@shopreapandsow
California, Sacramento – Refill Madness@refillmadness
California, San Diego – Earthwell Refill@earthwellrefill
California, San Jose – The Source Zero@thesourcezero
California, San Mateo – Byrd’s Filling Station@byrdsfillingstation
California, Topanga Canyon – The Well Refill@thewellrefill
California, Ventura – The Refill Shoppe@therefillshoppe
California, Woodland Hills and Granada Hills – Prostainable@prostainable

Colorado, Aurora – Zero Market@thezeromarket
Colorado, Boulder – Refill Revolution@therefillrevolution

Florida, Fort Myers – Conscious Space@shopconsciousspace
Florida, Miami – Verde@verde_market
Florida, St. Petersburg – The Refillery@the.refillery
Florida, Stuart – JAR@jarzerowasteshop
Florida, Tequesta – One World Zero Waste@oneworldzerowaste
Florida, Winter Park – New General Store@commongoodandco

Idaho, Boise – Roots Zero Waste Market@rootszerowastemarket

Michigan, Kalamazoo – Bee Joyful Shop@beejoyfulshop

Minneapolis, Minnesota –  Tare Market – @taremarket

Nebraska, Omaha – Exist Green@exist_green

New York, Brooklyn – Package Free@packagefreeshop
New York, New York City – Precycle@precyclenyc
New York, New York City – Otherwild@otherwild

North Carolina, Mars Hill – The Wild Violet@thewildvioletwnc

Oregon, Portland – NoPac Foods – Zero Waste Grocery
Oregon, Portland – Utility@utilityzerowaste

Tennessee, Nashville – The Good Fill@thegoodfill

Utah, Salt Lake City – Hello! Bulk Markets@hellobulkmarkets

Virginia, Harrisonburg – Bring Your Own@bringyourown_llc

Washington, Seattle – Scoop Marketplace@scoopmarketplace

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