A Selection of 10 Zero Waste + Package Free Shops From Around the World

Are you STARTING THE NEW YEAR OFF WITH A LESS WASTEFUL LIFESTYLE? MOVING TO A ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE IS A PROCESS THAT TAKES A LONG TIME. IT IS NOT UNCOMMON FOR THIS PATH TO TAKE PLACE OVER SEVERAL YEARS, HENCE THE IMPORTANCE OF NOT PUTTING TOO MUCH PRESSURE AND GOING STEP BY STEP!

 

The Soap Dispensary - Vancouver Canada

The Soap Dispensary (est. 2011) is Vancouver’s first dedicated refill shop specializing in premium soaps, household cleaners, personal care products, DIY ingredients and excellent edibles. We also carry quality lifestyle goods that support zero waste living.

Refilling containers keep single-use plastics out of landfills, watersheds and energy-intensive recycling systems. Bring your own, or purchase one of our reusable bottles and have them refilled again and again. Our products are biodegradable and selected for minimal impact on human and environmental health. For those who have children or sensitivities or allergies, there are many options that are gentle and scent-free. We strive to bring pure, local, organic and fair-trade ingredients whenever possible. 

The provide DIY workshops making skin care products with various recipes.

 

 Photo Source:  Stephane Vairo

Photo Source: Stephane Vairo

Loco - montreal canada

As a zero-waste ecological grocery store, LOCO is committed to providing a full range of food products and everyday use, healthy, environmentally friendly and without packaging.

Addressing citizens concerned about their health and their ecological impact, LOCO offers a concrete solution to adopt a lean lifestyle, a healthy diet while encouraging a local economy.


Package free shop - new york/brooklyn

PACKAGE FREE, A ZERO WASTE SHOP IN NYC, OFFERS EVERYTHING THAT INDIVIDUALS NEED TO TRANSITION TO A LOW WASTE LIFESTYLE IN ONE PLACE. FROM TOOTHBRUSHES TO TOTE BAGS, WE ARE THE SOLUTION FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO REDUCE THEIR ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT, BUT DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START. THERE IS NO ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR ZERO WASTE NO UNITED SPACE FOR MAKERS OF SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTS NO HUB FOR CUSTOMERS TO LEARN ABOUT LOW-WASTE LIVING AND THAT’S A PROBLEM.


Earth, food, love the zero waste shop - London uk

Earth.Food.Love is an organic, whole food, zero-waste shop based in Totnes, South Devon. We want to live in a world where consuming doesn’t have to cost the earth! Focusing on creating a better future, we decided to look back to the past, where eating real food with minimal packaging was standard practice. We believe returning to these simple ways will benefit not only our health but the planets too. 


Bulk Market - london uk

Our everyday choices can make a difference in the place we live and in other people's lives.

ulk Market® was born having this as the primary mission. We think businesses should make it easy for people to make the right choices. Ditching disposable packaging is one of them.

Plastic waste is one of the biggest public health and environmental issues of our generation.

Support their Indigogo Campaign!  So far they raised: 37% of £15,000  a month left 

 


 Source: Nu Grocery Virtual Tour

Source: Nu Grocery Virtual Tour

Nu grocery store - ottawa canada

NU products are packaging-free, but they are also all-natural and, whenever possible, organic and local. We strive to create a unique shopping experience in our open-concept store that is modern and uncluttered. Contemporary and welcoming, our store makes it easy for our customers to live the zero waste life.

NU is a grocery store, but it is also a platform to educate and raise awareness about waste. Our mission statement says it all: NU is on a mission to eliminate waste and reinvent consumption!


Original unverpackt -Berlin germany

On September 13, 2014, we opened our original unpacked supermarket. Here you can shop to your heart's content without disposable packaging: food, sweets, spirits, cosmetics, detergents, books, containers for transport and the kitchen at home - almost everything you need.

Although our first store is not a megastore, we already have more than 600 carefully selected items in our assortment. And we will continuously expand and improve this variety; your suggestions are very welcome!

They offer online sustainable courses here.


Nada: 100% PACKAGE-FREE GROCERIES - vancouver canada

Currently available through pop up markets. Check their facebook page for the next one.  

Nada works with local food community to procure high quality and responsibly sourced package-free foods from right here in Vancouver and the lower mainland.

They don’t want more items thrown away, nor want our food source to be part of the problem. They delivered the next step to a healthier food system with a holistic approach behind every decision, from sourcing veggies from urban farms to make sure that surplus food ends up in the hands of those who need it most.


In.gredients - austin USA

in.gredients is a zero waste neighborhood grocery store, beer garden and community hub in East Austin. They have successfully diverted tons of waste from landfills by encouraging customers to bring in their containers for bulk shopping and providing a tare station to make it easy. They also hosted a great variety of events, including private events as well as community events like their monthly First Friday Block Parties. 1% of proceeds from First Fridays, plus 5¢ for every reusable container a customer brings in, goes to our Nonprofit Community Partner.

Bring in your container for groceries, bring the kids and have a beer, bring your dog and have a sandwich. Whatever you bring to the table, we've got something for you to enjoy!


Good goal - zero waste stores in europe

Including a few listings for upcycling stores and brands in various European cities. 

About: Good Goal is the guide to sustainable places all over Europe. We help you find specialty coffee bars, craft beer-makers, citizen- or charity projects, vegetarian and vegan restaurants, slow fashion stores, parks and more, wherever you might be. Unique places that change the image of a town or city. In our hotel section, you can find the most innovative places to stay in various European cities.