24 BEST ZERO WASTE & BULK ONLINE STORES FOR ALL YOUR PACKAGE FREE SHOPPING NEEDS

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We dream of a plastic-free future and believe zero waste is the way to get there.

If you’re new here, you may be asking “Why is zero waste so important?  Isn’t recycling enough?” The short answer is no, it’s not (for the long answer, read here).  

Basically, most recyclables don’t get recycled at all or are recycled improperly which contaminate whole batches of recycling.  Some even get shipped overseas for processing, which sort of defeats the point.

That’s why we set out to find the USA’s best zero waste online stores and stores that sell bulk food online (mostly dry goods and non-perishables).  

Zero waste stores sell plastic-free items which help people reduce their own waste generation.  You’ll find everything from reusable items (like safety razors and stainless steel straws) to personal care products that come in zero waste packaging like reusable jars or compostable paper.

This list is a compilation of the best stores we could find, broken down into two parts:

  1. general zero waste/bulk stores online; 
  2. zero waste bulk grocery stores online.

In addition to the larger stores that source from small businesses, we also included a handful of small shops from Etsy, which has many small scale, sustainably-minded sellers.

ZERO WASTE ONLINE STORES IN THE USA

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Life Without Plastic’s Zero Waste Selection

When it comes to the size of the inventory, Life Without Plastic is one of the best zero waste online stores. They carry non-toxic and ethically made items for the home and kitchen (like plastic-free coffee makers), childcare, drinking, and eating. Their Plastic Pollution Coalition Store is great if you want to openly sport your support for a zero waste lifestyle

Each item has a detailed and transparent description, which includes the material, who made it, where it was made, and how to dispose of it if need be.

About Life Without Plastic

They use plastic-free packing materials such as paper or cellulose-based tape and compostable cornstarch packing peanuts for shipping. However, because they try to reuse boxes and materials sent to them where possible, there may be some residual plastic.

Be sure to check out their sustainable living resources as well, there’s loads of articles about plastic types and their negative effects, as well as plastic alternatives. Their Action section can help connect you to local and widespread environmental initiatives.

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EcoRoots’ Zero Waste Selection EcoRoots stocks a wide range of sustainably and ethically sourced products for home, kitchen, bath, and beauty.  All personal care products are free of plastic and palm oil, SLS, and animal byproducts. We found just about every item we consider an essential part of our zero waste kit here, so it looks like a good resource if you’re new to the no-waste game.

About EcoRoots 

This Colorado company is part of what they call 1% for the Ocean. Meaning they donate 1% of all profits to the Ocean Conservancy to fund the removal of plastic in the ocean.

They ship to you using recycled and reused biodegradable materials. They promise no plastic with your shipment. If you see packing peanuts, rest assured these cornstarch bits are 100% compostable.

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The Refill Revolution’s Zero Waste Selection

The Refill Revolution specializes in bulk gallon-sized and bulk refills of essential oils and bath/beauty products, like Plaine shampoo and Meow Meow Tweet deodorant. 

They also sell zero waste containers, household items, ethical fashion bags, vintage goods, pet products, and gardening items (like these canvas planters which could be a good way to start your own apartment garden!). The most unique items they sell are dehydrated meals for backpacking and camping that come in a compostable package.

They also look to be a good stop for the DIY enthusiast since they sell loads of empty containers and organic raw materials like arrowroot powder and unrefined raspberry seed oil.

About The Refill Revolution

Their storefront in Boulder, Colorado acts as a store and refill station, and recycling drop-off for hard-to-recycle items.  If you’re not a local, you can still take advantage of their refill services.

They ship bulk refills to the USA, Canada, and the UK in easy-pour spouted pouches.  Just refill your own container and ship the pouch back to them for reuse via the prepaid postage you received with the original shipment. You don’t even need to clean them!

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Zerovana’s Zero Waste Selection

Sourced from handmade small businesses around the US, Zerovana stocks categories like kitchen, cleaning, palm oil free beauty and personal care, to-go items, zero waste kits, and bags. They even sell compostable bamboo band-aids for plastic-free first aid.

Check out their holiday section for plantable seed paper ornaments and cards.

About Zerovana

Zerovana is a family-owned plastic-free shop based in Texas. You’ll receive your items in paper wrapping and recycled boxes due to their plastic-free promise for products and shipping materials. 

Plus, they donate 1% of their profits to the National Forest Foundation, which plants one tree in US National Forests per dollar donated.

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The Wild Minimalist’s Zero Waste Selection

At The Wild Minimalist, you’ll find so many items for the kitchen, cleaning, bath and beauty, pets, and baby products (like this unique vegan leather changing mat).  They have a Utility category for an ever-rotating stock of handmade goods, like hand-drawn postcards and adult coloring books.

They even sell pre-made zero waste kits and gift cards (delivered via email, of course!) if you want to encourage someone you know to go reusable. 

About The Wild Minimalist

Couple Max and Lily founded by The Wild Minimalist to provide what they hoped could be a one-stop-shop for the zero waster’s complete needs.  They started by sourcing many used items but eventually turned to sourcing new high-quality items as well as vintage ones.

They ship everything in zero waste packaging, which mostly consists of recycled cardboard boxes.

They also run an inspiring zero waste blog that we’ve gushed over before.

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Package Free Shop’s Zero Waste Selection

Visit the Package Free Shop for loads of zero waste travel, beauty/personal care, kitchen and bathroom, and cleaning products.  You can shop these basic categories or their more targeted collections, like the Coffee Lover Collection.

All these products are meticulously vetted and sourced from individuals and brands with similar sustainability-minded operations.

About Package Free Shop

The Package Free Shop was founded by Lauren Singer of the notable zero waste blog, Trash is for Tossers. Lauren is one of the original zero waste legends, known for the fact that all the trash she has produced over the past 5 years fits in a 16 oz jar. Talk about zero waste #goals (don’t worry if you’re not close to that; neither are we!).

All products are shipped sans plastic.  The company also helps its suppliers reduce their own plastic consumption. Being a truly zero waste shop, from source to shelf, is a top priority.

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Well Earth Goods’ Zero Waste Selection

Well Earth Goods stocks a range of categories including personal care, laundry, kitchen and dining, coffee and tea, clean up and food storage. They also have produce and bulk bags, totes and backpacks, travel, and compost collection bins for you to collect food scraps.

About Well Earth Goods 

Well Earth Goods comes to us from Oregon.  It’s a family founded and run company dedicated to helping keep the earth and your family clean and healthy.  They ship in minimally sized, totally paper-based parcels down to the tape.

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The Zero Market’s Zero Waste Selection

The Zero Market sells products under the categories of Body + Hygiene, Clean + Home, Drink + Container,  ToGo + Grocery, Kid + Fun and Gift + Kit. This includes over 150 zero waste essentials like UNpaper towels, specialty bags for bulk grocery shopping, flannel baby wipes, and so much more.

While their online store isn’t as extensive as the 1,200 items they sell in their brick-and-mortar, it still has all the basics. Plus, all items are organic, non-toxic, ethically sourced and made from local sources, and of course, plastic-free.

About The Zero Market

The store that believes “good things come in no packages” started with a 2014 crowdfunding campaign and turned into a wildly successful operation in Colorado.  They have brick-and-mortar locations in both Aurora and Denver’s Edgewater suburb.

Their actual store offers direct refill options, as well as zero waste workshops, such as how to compost and make your own personal care products. They’re also expanding to a new food-based location in Denver which will sell bulk food and local produce (in addition to their other bulk offerings).

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Eco Collective’s Zero Waste Selection

Their main categories are On the Go, Home, Wellness & Beauty, and Office & School. You’ll find subcategories to cover just about every area of your life, from pet care to plant-derived breath mints.

Their beauty and personal care products are cruelty free and come in zero waste packaging.  Even their dropper bottles have bamboo and natural rubber tops.

We particularly like their Office & School section, since we didn’t find many other stores that sold zero waste office supplies. Here you can find refillable fountain pens, recycled paper notebooks, and stainless steel tiered lunch tiffins (because lunch is the most important hour of the day, amiright?)

Each product description specifies where each product is from, who makes it, and what to do at its end of life.

About Eco Collective

Based in Seattle, Washington, Eco Collective aims for “sustainable living, made easy.”  They do this both through their products and their helpful blog which is full of eco-living advice.

All products are mailed in either reusable/recyclable cardboard, crinkle paper, or kraft paper. The tape they use is also paper-based.

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The Good Fill’s Zero Waste Selection

The Good Fill sells “the basics – no more, no less. We all need to eat, use a toothbrush, clean our bodies, homes, and bathrooms but we don’t need a million products to do so.”  This includes both refillable products and reusable zero waste tools like containers, bags, pet products, compostable cleaning brushes, and personal care items.

Their refillable products include bulk personal care items such as shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, lotion, and even deodorant spray. In the cleaning section are laundry and dish detergents, all-purpose cleaner, and liquid soaps.  Dry refills are mailed in compostable recycled paper bags.  

Liquid refills come in either a selected reusable container or BPA-free plastic pouches, which are made of 93% less plastic than standard plastic bottles.  Don’t worry about the plastic though as you mail it back in the prepaid return envelope. They’ll clean, sanitize, and reuse it until the pouch loses structural integrity and must be recycled.

About The Good Fill

Megan Gill founded The Good Fill after living in Costa Rica and witnessing the negative impacts of consumer culture and plastic on poor countries. They now operate 99% zero waste; that missing 1% is because “we cannot control some of the packaging that comes with our orders”.

With operations in Nashville, Tennessee, they ship all over the United States using only USPS Ground to minimize shipping emissions. Their upcycled, compostable packaging materials are guaranteed plastic-free.

Plus they donate a percentage of each purchase to One Tree Planted.

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Fillaree’s Zero Waste Selection

With three staple products, Fillaree’s selection is definitely scanter than other online zero waste stores.  But simplicity is good, especially when those items are basic home and body cleaning products like dish soap,  hand & body wash, and cleaning spray.

They handmade all products, which are also 100% palm oil-free.

Fillaree works on a subscription refill model. Start by choosing your shipment frequency and receive 32 oz of the product in a BPA-free plastic bottle. When it’s empty, send it back in a  prepaid paper envelope.

They also just launched a brand new condensed soap on Kickstarter. Because this soap comes in a refillable and recyable aluminum bottle, this new service will be 100% plastic-free.  It also cuts down significantly on cost and weight (thereby cutting down on carbon for shipping). Just add it to your own water at home!

This new condensed soap service won’t be replacing the old subscription offering, but it is making it even more sustainable by improving up a few key areas!

 

About Fillaree

This USA bulk online store is based in North Carolina, where they have a storefront. However, they also partner with 25 other sustainable businesses to provide refill stations across the U.S.  Before ordering online, check if they have a refill stockist near you.

Online refill shipments come in paper packaging (including the tape).  Not only can you send one of their refill containers back to them in a prepaid envelope, but you can also send ANY containers to them for either reuse or proper disposal.

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Meliora Cleaning Products’ Zero Waste Selection

Meliora sells (mostly) zero waste cleaning products but you have to choose “no scoop” with any powder to ensure your order is 100% plastic-free.

Their cleaning lineup includes all-purpose home cleaning spray, laundry powder, soap stain stick, naked body soap bars, and bundles of multiple products.  For any powder product, order bulk refills in compostable paper envelopes.

All their zero waste cleaning products are free from dyes, preservatives, palm oil, and synthetic fragrances. For extra assurance, all cleaning products are also MADE SAFE certified and the ingredients are highly rated by both the Environmental Working Group and Whole Foods Market Eco-Scale.

About Meliora Cleaning Products

Meliora is certified B-Corp, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and they also partner with 1% for the Planet and Women’s Voices for the Earth. Through these, they pledge 2% of their revenue to environmental and social causes.  

They even lobbied for the cleaning products Right-To-Know Acts, which led to the passing of SB-258 in California. This requires ALL ingredients to be listed on the labels of cleaning products.

All Meliora products are made in the USA, right in their Chicago factory (see where the manufacturing magic happens here).  From that factory, orders are shipped in paper and sealed with paper tape.

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RemiUsables’ Zero Waste Selection

For all your zero waste alternatives to everyday paper products, RemiUsables has you covered.  For such a small, Etsy-based shop, their selection is impressive.

They sell things like unpaper towels and napkins, unsponges, burlap scrubbies, baby bum wipes, and sandwich bags. You’ll also find makeup remover wipes, coffee filters, various bags, and family cloth and wet bags (what are these?). 

Everything is totally cloth-based, meaning it’s washable and reusable. 

About RemiUsables

Owner and mother of 3, Remi handmakes everything from her home in Michigan. Since everything is also made-to-order to reduce overstock waste, expect a slightly longer shipping time (1-3 weeks).

Mailers are 100% recycled and they recently replaced their recycled poly mailers with compostable kraft paper ones.  Any paperwork (like invoices, business cards, and shipping labels) is also printed on recycled paper. And even then, she only prints invoices upon request or for large orders.

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The Refill Shoppe’s Zero Waste Selection

This one is perhaps the most unique bulk online store in the US.

The Refill Shoppe specializes in mostly vegan refillable bath/beauty products, essential oils, and home cleaning items. A small sampling of their refillable products is yoga mat spray, soap nuts, and massage oils.

Uniquely, any liquid product features the choice of a customizable scent blend.  Choose between a bottle, jar, or refill pouch, then select up to 6 scents in order of desired strength (as well as the overall strength).  

If you order a refill pouch,  you can send it back with prepaid postage and they will pressure wash, UV sanitize and refill for the next person. According to the refill counter on their website, this refill program has saved over 40,000 new bottles at the time of writing.

About The Refill Shoppe

Established in 2010, this award-winning certified B Corp is “making a difference, one bottle at a time”.  As a member of 1% for the Planet, they support nearly 30 different environmental non-profits.  See which ones here.

They ship to customers via USPS with minimally sized packing materials that are both reused and reusable.  For instance, their “Sudscriptions” come in recycled compostable boxes with a reusable envelope for shipping the container back.

If you want to get your refills in the flesh visit their storefront in Ventura, California.

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A Drop in the Ocean’s Zero Waste Selection

A Drop in the Ocean’s zero waste product categories are personal care, household, pet care, children, and TSA approved travel essentials. The handmade section includes some cute cotton crochet facial rounds and cup cozies. Shop by category, product type, or tags such as “Made in the USA.”

Look for eco-credentials clearly labeled on each product denoting if the product is a B Corp product, palm oil free, cruelty free, fair trade certified, vegan, or Washington local. While some personal care products do contain palm oil, A Drop in the Ocean only stocks RSPO-certified palm products. 

They also sell a small supply of bulk raw materials and empty containers for zero wasters who prefer to get their products DIY style.

About A Drop in the Ocean

This young zero waste shop is the brainchild of “zero waste wannabe” Krystina in Tacoma, Washington.  If you’re local, keep an eye out for pop-ups where you can get product refills in your own container.

With the aim of helping the planet, they fund the planting of ten trees for every purchase. Their 1% for the Ocean commitment means they donate 1% of profits toward marine-specific environmental non-profits. 

For shipping, they reuse materials, which means your box may have logos other than their own.  Either way, they seal these boxes with paper tape and post consumer recycled paper labels.

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Tiny Yellow Bungalow’s Zero Waste Selection

At Tiny Yellow Bungalow, you can find an assortment of beauty, cleaning, dining, baby, and bath products (seriously SO MANY different organic soap bars).  You can use the Subscribe & Save feature to make sure you never go without.

In their Vintage section, you can find all sorts of unique pre-loved pieces, as well as the story behind where founder Jessie acquired them.

About Tiny Yellow Bungalow

This blog-turned-zero waste store gets its name from its own 2015 humble origins… inside a tiny yellow bungalow! They upcycle as much as possible and ship in reused boxes collected from friends and family.

Jessie is also a graduate of the Plant Based Nutrition program at the T. Colin Campbell Center of Nutrition Studies. She put this knowledge to use writing The Zero Waste Vegan Cookbook, which you can also find in the shop.

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Green City Living’s Zero Waste Selection

One of the older zero waste online stores in the USA, Green City Living started with their original fat absorbing Bacon Sponge cloth. No more dabbing off grease with a paper towel, they decided.

Now they still mostly sell reusable alternatives for paper and plastic kitchen products.  This includes bowl bonnets, coffee sweaters, baby bibs, no foil potato bakers, soap savers, reusable mop covers, UNpaper towels, and the EcoBaguette reusable bread bags (points for the name!).

All these cloth products are hand-stitched which is also guaranteed for the life of the fabric itself.

About Green City Living

Green City Living started in 2011 in Colorado, where they still operate today and organize fundraising events for local schools and other causes. Check out their accompanying blog A Reusable Thread for more on their community activities. 

While not specified on their website, they use 100% recyclable EcoEnclose shipping bags.

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Fill Good Co’s Zero Waste Selection

Fill Good Co. has a wide selection of zero waste personal care and home essentials.  Shop laundry, cleaning, kitchen, kids, pets, grocery shopping, and to-go items.  We like the look of their simple yet unique staples, like these Tared Jars to make your bulk shopping experience easier.

Their personal care lineup includes dental, skin, facial, hair, menstrual, and shaving products. All these are 100% natural, meaning there are no endocrine disruptors, preservatives, petroleum, and synthetic fragrances. They are also cruelty free and almost all vegan (here is a list of those that are not).

They also offer bulk refills of many beauty and cleaning products.

About Fill Good Co.

In addition to asking their suppliers to ship plastic-free, they send their own goods in plastic-free post consumer recycled materials.

The only items they don’t ship are those packaged in glass jars, because they’re too heavy to justify the impact and wouldn’t be returnable. This means you can’t order their laundry liquid/powder, all-purpose cleaner, dish liquid/powder, liquid castile soap, or oxygen bleach.

However, if you live in the San Francisco Bay of California where they’re based, you CAN get them home delivered using electric and hybrid cars. Just note that bulk powder boxes have a plastic bag liner so be sure to return those to Fill Good Co. for reuse.

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No Tox Life’s Zero Waste Selection

We previously mentioned No Tox Life’s Dish Block but they make and sell a lot more than just zero waste dish soap and cleaning products. You can also find many other vegan, cruelty-free, and ungendered bath/beauty products, and a handful of other unique items.

Impressively, No Tox Life makes all their own products!

About No Tox Life

Founded by a mother/daughter power duo, No Tox Life is based in L.A., where they offer discounts for LA-based locals AND in-store refills.  For those who can’t get in-store refills, they ship using recycled materials, biodegradable paper envelopes, and cornstarch packing peanuts.

Lots going on with this company, but their charitable giving is definitely high on the ethical pro list.  They currently organize neighborhood trash pickups, fund their employees’ membership with Youth Climate Strike, and donate soap to two different nonprofits that provide showers for the local homeless populations.

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Marleys Monsters’ Zero Waste Selection

This small eco-shop makes “eco-friendly living essentials for a crunchy family”.  Let’s face it: kids are messy! While you may not be able to minimize the mess, you can minimize the waste.

Marleys Monsters is here to help with their selection of fabric zero waste paper replacers. This includes UNpaper® towels (with in pre-rolled packs of 6, 12, or 24 on compostable cardboard tube centers), bibs, nursing pads, facial rounds, washable duster pads, linen bowl covers, and reusable snack bags. The reusable cloth wipes in packs of up to 40 are a must for mamas with really messy little ones.

Everything comes in colorful patterns and prints that almost make cleaning seem like fun. You can also choose plain, unprinted organic cotton cloths and unpaper towels if you want to be extra sustainable.

About Marley’s Monsters

This shop is named after owner Sarah Dooley’s first wild child. They’re located in Eugene, Oregon where they also operate a brick-and-mortar store.  It is there that Sarah and her team hand make every fabric reusable and wooden product. They offer global shipping, all of which is entirely plastic-free.

They’re also a certified BRING rethink business but are working toward upping that to a BRING true zero-waste certification.

ZERO WASTE ONLINE GROCERY STORES IN THE USA

When it comes to groceries, always try to buy local. Zero Waste Home’s Bulk Finder App is a great resource for finding bulk grocers near you.  

Farmer’s markets are another awesome zero waste resource.

However, sometimes life gets in the way.  If you don’t have any good bulk retailers near you (or just don’t have the time to seek one out!), we’ve found a handful of online zero waste grocery stores that will ship some plastic-free pasta right to your door!

Admittedly, this list isn’t as long as we would have liked. Finding bulk online stores in the USA that sell food was trickier than we anticipated. Especially considering the UK has quite a few options for online bulk grocery shopping.

Unfortunately, the USA has a way to go. While companies like Boxed have started bringing online grocery shopping to fruition, they’re lacking on the eco-packaging front.  They’re only “bulk” insofar as they sell large quantities at discounted prices.  

We were disappointed to find the number of USA based zero waste grocery stores online is pretty paltry. But maybe given the size of the country and shipping logistics, it’s not surprising?

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Azure Standard’s Bulk Foods Online 

If you’re looking for bulk health foods online in the USA, Azure Standard may be your answer. This store sells mostly certified organic and minimally processed foods in bulk. Including beans, grains, pasta, flour, cereal, dried fruit, nuts, spices, herbs, pet food and more. 

These can be bought in sizes ranging anywhere from 1 to 25 pounds, and either in individual purchases or through a subscription. Most bulk supplies come in compostable paper bags.  

Note that one review we found did mention her bulk soybean purchase came in a small plastic bag (which she was sure to reuse). This may be due to strange US FDA regulations, but it’s worth requesting no plastic in the order notes.  They do try to accommodate requests if possible.

To be clear: Azure Standard is NOT a totally zero waste grocer.  They also sell plenty of traditionally packaged items. This includes most of their frozen foods, meat, dairy products, nutritional supplements, outdoor and garden supplies, health and beauty products, and general household supplies.

About Azure Standard 

Based in Moro, Oregon, Azure is less about home delivery grocery and more about delivery drops (which greatly reduced shipping emissions!). This means they have delivery drop locations.

If you don’t live near one of these drops, don’t worry. They will still ship through UPS or USPS if necessary; it’s just not their first choice.  They’ll even put groceries on barges to Hawaii and Alaska. Strangely enough, the only states they flat out don’t ship to are a select number in the far Northeast.

The boxes they ship in are minimally sized to snugly fit the shipment and are generally recycled from other shipments they’ve received.  This means there may be some remnant plastic, though it is reduced.

22. THE WALLY SHOP (LIMITED LOCATIONS ONLY)

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The Wally Shop’s Bulk Organic Foods Online 

The Wally Shop sells local and Fair Trade bulk organic foods online.  Some of their many zero waste grocery offers include granola, pickled goods, baking supplies, bottled coffee and kombucha, nut butters, herbs and spices, grains, pasta, legumes, bread, fruits, veggies, eggs, and nut milk.

The goods are delivered to your door (provided you live in one of these zip codes) in mesh bags, glass jars, and totes.  You have to give a deposit on these, but you get that deposit back by returning it to the courier at a future delivery date.

About The Wally Shop

Based in New Hampshire, Founder Tamara Lim started The Wally Shop to provide a healthy and low impact grocery solution for busy people who might not have time to seek out farmer’s markets and bulk stores.

Just to clarify – currently The Wally Shop only offers plastic-free bulk grocery delivery to select areas around New York City and New Hampshire.  As a small startup, they don’t yet have the funds to expand beyond that, having said that they recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for this purpose.  

While still a limited scope, we included them here because we have hopes of their expansion. The business model seems solid, so we can only hope more people will get to experience the benefits of bulk grocery delivery.  Keep an eye out for your zip code as this company continues to grow.

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Ethical Bean’s Bulk Foods Online

Sure, coffee isn’t food. But for some of us, it’s arguably just as important (if not more so!).  Ethical Bean sells bulk certified organic (USDA and Canada Organic), non-GMO Arabica whole bean, Fairtrade coffee. Choose a range of roasts from medium to super dark.

They also do decaf via the Mountain Water Process, a chemical-free and safe way to remove caffeine. All coffees are also gluten-free, keto-friendly, and kosher.

These coffees come in foil-lined flexible bags, which are not recyclable except in special facilities.  Even so, these bags still generate 75% fewer emissions than recyclable plastic tubs.

They’re working on finding a more eco-friendly bag, but in the meantime, they urge you to participate in their bag return program.  The incentive? A free bag of coffee for every 12 empties you return to them.

They also sell coffee pods which are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute as 100% compostable within 5 weeks (in municipal composting facilities only).  No tossing them in your backyard – although you could cut the coffee out for home composting and save up the pod for munical drop off.

About Ethical Bean

Ethical Bean is based in British Columbia, but they ship widely throughout the US as well.

As a company, they’ve been Fair Trade certified since 2003 and ethically source beans from mostly high altitude regions in Central and South America.

They regularly donate money to Child Aid’s FUNDIT program (which provides children in Guatemala with school supplies, uniforms, and more) and to Project Somos (an eco-village for at-risk mothers in Guatemala).

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Arbor Teas’ Bulk Foods Online 

And now for those who prefer a good cuppa. Arbor Teas sells USDA Organic Certified loose leaf teas (many of which are also Fair Trade Certified), totally tea bag free. They have a wide selection of tea varieties, including black, green, white, oolong, pu-erh, rooibos, herbal, and decaf.  

All teas come packed in EN13432 and ASTM D6400 compliant backyard compostable wood pulp bags made from sustainably managed non-GMO trees. The labels and adhesives are also home tested compostable.

They also sell zero waste teaware, such as mugs, teapots, matcha accessories, milk whiskers, reusable strainers, and kombucha home brew kits.

About Arbor Teas

Arbor Teas is a gold member of Green America’s Green Business Network and is certified organic by Global Organic Alliance. They hold many other sustainability honors and partnerships as part of their Carbonfree® business model. This also means their USA packing facility runs on solar power and they compost all their bio-waste.

They’re based in Michigan, and they  source domestic USA-grown teas where they can. Still, due to climate and growing constraints, they have to source many teas and herbs from several exotic locations, like China, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Japan, and Sri Lanka. Either way, they prioritize teas from Fair Trade, biodynamic farms that employ low water growing methods.

They prioritize sea freight and ground transportation, avoiding air transit unless there is no other option. They also offset all emissions through Carbon Fund. 

The shipping materials are plastic-free and come from post consumer recycled waste.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON ONLINE ZERO WASTE AND BULK STORES

The plethora of plastic-free zero waste stores on this list really shows how far the movement has come in the last decade.  We’re ecstatic to see this growth and want to help accelerate it as much as we can. 

Now it’s your turn to have some input.  What’s your favorite online zero waste shop?  Is it missing from this list? Are there any great stores that sell bulk food online we’ve missed?  If so, we would love to know in the comments below.

If you found this article helpful in your war on all things disposable (we so hope you did!), consider sharing it.  Help us spread the word about the many wonderful zero waste resources at our disposal.

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