Zero Waste Stores in the USA

Zero Waste Stores in the USA

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Are you looking to start your journey going zero waste but not sure where to find zero waste shops?

Or maybe you just don’t have any zero waste stores near you?

If you are having trouble finding places in your area, you might have to consider shopping online. So to help you in your zero waste efforts, I’ve compiled a list of zero waste stores in the USA. For those of you who do not live in the US, I plan to gather a list of stores internationally as well so just hang in there. I have not forgotten about you!

Now I know you must be thinking that it goes against the principle of zero waste. But there are companies committed to being zero waste and providing zero waste online shopping for those of us that do not have the option of buying local.

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What sets these companies apart from, say, buying on Amazon?

Not only are their products made of natural materials, mostly free of plastics, and built to last; but these companies are mindful of their packaging (do not package with plastics) and transportation methods to keep the carbon footprint as low as possible.

I feel it is also important to say that these products are going to be a bit of an investment upfront. Since these goods are higher quality items meant to last much longer (in many cases a lifetime), naturally, they will come with a higher price tag. But keep in mind the word investment. If you take care of these products, they will last which means less trash in the landfills and more money in your pockets in the long run.

Unfortunately, not every company listed on here is completely zero waste but they provide products that fit the zero waste lifestyle or are more mindful of their packaging and shipping methods. Sometimes it is necessary to buy something new in order to reduce waste in the long run. So this may not be a perfect solution but at least it is better than the alternative.

So if you are having trouble finding goods locally, these shops can help. This also gives you the opportunity to cast your vote by showing companies that consumers demand more green and sustainable options. Where you decide to spend your money will influence the market for the future.

I have placed this list in alphabetical order by state so that you may find shops nearest to you in order to minimize the distance these goods have to travel and lessen the carbon emissions needed to get these products to you. For your convenience, I have also listed the types of items you can find at these stores and any additional information that might be helpful.

Know of an online zero waste shop not on this list?

Please let me know and I will happily add it. And in advance, thank you for buying zero waste.


List of Zero Waste Companies by State

Arizona
  • Ecomended – housewares + on the go reusables + personal care + cleaning supplies + vegan leather
California
  • BYO Long Beach – housewares + personal care + on the go reusables + kids + teas

*has a physical location and refill stations in Long Beach, CA.

  • Eco Girl – personal care + clothes + housewares + cleaning supplies + kids
  • Fillgood – personal care + on the go reusables + kids +  housewares + pets

*refill service for all residents in the San Francisco Bay area

  • General Store – clothing + decor + housewares + personal care + kids/baby + books
  • Life Without Plastic – personal care + housewares + cleaning supplies + kids/baby + on the go reusables + office + zero waste kits + books
  • No Trace Shop – on the go reusables + bags + dinnerware + zero waste kits + beeswax wraps
  • One Green Tribe – on the go reusables + personal care + cleaning supplies + housewares
  • The Refill Shoppe – personal care + on the go reusables + housewares + cleaning supplies + refill

*This is a B Corp company that specializes in an online refilling subscription for bath/beauty, cleaning, and laundry soap products

*This is the largest second-hand clothing store online. Packaging won’t be zero waste though. They don’t carry men’s clothing.

  • The Ultimate Green Store – personal care + clothes + housewares + cleaning supplies + kids + on the go reusables + decor + furniture + baby + dorm + fitness/outdoor

*This is a one-stop shop place. Not completely plastic free but lots of green and zero waste options.

  • The Wild Minimalist – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + kids/baby + zero waste kits

*They carry office and school supplies that are 100% plastic free, unpainted, and completely recyclable.

Colorado
  • Earth Hero – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + pets + clothing + kids/baby + fitness/outdoor + office/school supplies

*This is a one-stop shop place. Not completely plastic free but lots of green and zero waste options.

  • Refill Revolution – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + pets + bulk refill + raw materials
  • Weighstead – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables
  • The Zero Market – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables

Connecticut

Florida
Georgia
  • Tiny Yellow Bungalow – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + kids/baby + vintage
Illinois
  • Mighty Nest – personal care + housewares + cleaning supplies + kids/baby + on the go reusables

*Not a true zero waste company but they have lots of options that are.

Maine
Michigan
  • RemiUsables – personal care + kids/baby + housewares (all things cloth)
New York
  • Package Free Shop – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + kids/baby + office + zero waste kits + pet
North Carolina
  • Fillaree – cleaning supplies + personal care + refill
  • Creekside Kid – cleaning supplies + personal care (all things cloth)

*Also has a storefront in Durham, NC open on Saturdays.

Ohio
  • Plaine Products – personal care (shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, lotions) + refills

*They do online refill orders/subscriptions

Oregon
  • Marleys Monster – cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + kids/baby (focus on all things cloth)
  • Well Earth Goods – housewares + cleaning supplies + personal care + on the go reusables + zero waste kits
Rhode Island
  • Vegan Viridity – cleaning supplies + personal care + fashion accessories (crocheted items)
South Dakota
Washington

*Also have a storefront in Seattle, WA (refills in-store only)


If you have any questions about the stores on this list, please leave me a comment below and I will gladly help as best as I can.

Happy Shopping!



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