Resources: Product Suppliers

BULK

To find physical shops that sell packaging-free products (for example, stores that offer products in bulk bins and allow you to use your own cloth bags or reusable containers), try the BULK mobile site from The Zero Waste Home. You don’t have to register to search the database, but if you do register, you can add new locations and help others.

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Plastic-Free Products

Below is an ongoing list of businesses providing products that can help us live with less plastic. What are your favorites? Want to suggest something that is not listed?  Please leave a comment at the bottom of this page.

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Nicole Janes
24 days 21 hours ago

Hello,
I am trying to live a plastic free life, but now I am looking for plastic free hair accessories and I can’t find any. Would you happen to know a shop that sells wooden hair grips and clips?
Many thanks in advance,
Nicole

Meike
8 months 3 days ago

TIDY TIDE supporting WaterAid:

I am selling 100% plastic free stainless steel and bamboo lid bottles to reduce plastic pollution, raise awareness through my website http://www.free-water.org and raise funds for WaterAid.
This is a non-profit personal initiative I am running in my spare time.

If you would include the TidyTide bottle in your brand list you’d help make a difference,

Many thanks

Meike

http://free-water.org/TidyTide.html

Michaela
9 months 6 days ago

Do you know any place that sells natural artist quality erasers? I’m in art school and I try to be environmentally conscious by going to the SCRAP store and recycling older fabric but I haven’t been able to find a good solution for my eraser problem.

Courtney
10 months 17 days ago

Have you heard of the company S.W. Basics?
I recently bought some of their Eco Cotton Rounds (100% Organic), and anyways I noticed that a lot of their products come in glass jars with metal lids & they have some tinned vegan lip balms & non-vegan lip balm in a tin & plastic free bags. They have only one product in plastic, a different lip balm.

1 year 26 days ago

I own a small Organic grocery and do as much bulk as possible. I am about to add grab and go food and would prefer that everyone bring their own container but know not everyone is there yet. Does anyone know where I can find truly compostable carry out containers?

Natalie
1 year 29 days ago

@sara juniper seed mercantile on etsy…

Chad
1 year 1 month ago

There is a great bulk market in Longmont, CO called Simply Bulk Market. http://simplybulkmarket.webs.com/aboutus.htm

Emily
1 year 1 month ago

Steely’s Drinkware: http://steelysdrinkware.com/

sara
1 year 3 months ago

where can I find american made cardboard chapstick tubes for my skin care line

Amy
1 year 10 months ago
ValeraChilders One possibility — Victoria Footwear from Spain offers simple canvas sneakers (similar to Keds); they are made from a cotton canvas upper and a natural rubber sole. They aren’t the cheapest shoe (of course) and I’m not sure whether they would stand up to the rigors of all-day walking. I bought a pair for my daughter and they have held up well under light use. We opt for more “barefoot” style shoes and so these fit the bill nicely since they are lightweight and flexible.  Another company to check out is Otz shoes. They use a supportive natural cork… Read more »
Amy
1 year 10 months ago
I found that Everlane.com is a great source of plastic-free clothing. They have been getting a lot of publicity for their approach to clothing manufacturing (no designer “labels”, ethical production, cutting out the middleman and selling directly which enables a quality product at a reasonable price), but I’ve been really pleased to find that they package and ship their clothing with NO plastic. The clothes aren’t in plastic bags, there are no tags or plastic hangtags, there is no plastic tape on the package — nothing! They don’t publicize this so it may not apply to every single product they sell, but I’ve placed multiple orders over the past couple of… Read more »
sue
1 year 11 months ago

Hi There! I just love your website! Thanks for all the valuable information – so hard to go totally plastic free but I am making it a challenge and a priority for the good of the planet! Does anyone have any reputable sources for organic cotton bedding/duvets/comforters? Thank you!

Valera
2 years 22 days ago

Looking for new walking/tennis/cross-trainer shoes. It’s REALLY hard to find good ones that don’t have some kind of plastic. I’m going to need at least two pair because I’m walking from San Diego, CA to San Francisco, CA. Any suggestions?

2 years 1 month ago

Hi Beth! 
Can I recommend my own company: Eco Maniac Company? I often use your blog and book to find new ideas for plastic free living products. We offer reusable bags, straws, bamboo utensil sets, snack and sandwich bags and more. We even carry your book! Our website is http://www.EcoManiacCompany.com and we have a physical location in Virginia Beach, VA as well. Thanks for your consideration. Thank you for the wonderful work you do!
Christina

jen souza
2 years 1 month ago

hi, i would just like to say eco-denT”s products are all packaged in plastic

acrawls
2 years 4 months ago
Hi Beth,  I’m hoping you might be willing to issue a challenge to your readers – I used to live in Monrovia, Liberia, where a good friend was helping a group of young Liberians to start a fruit juice and smoothie business (http://goo.gl/UsXBXu).  I like to take some credit for the fact that they were trying to go plastic-free – they sterilized 11-oz glass bottles for single servings; invested in 1-liter bottles for bulk orders; stocked up on glass straws for customers.  All local fruit, locally processed, unlike anything else available. The business is now seeking to expand into selling… Read more »
Elissa
11 months 19 hours ago

What about a natural bee’s wax lined fabric bag, like what abeego makes? http://abeego.com/ I know they’re mission is to more or less replace plastic bags, but I bet someone makes some sort of small bag like that which you guys could use. Just throwing it out there!

2 years 5 months ago

Belief Products sell eco-friendly natural products, focusing on replacing plastic spray bottles with glass options.
http://beliefproducts.com/

2 years 5 months ago

EcoEnclose is also very great!
Ecofriendly packaging at very affordable prices. Well worth it for the quality. Fantastic customer service. We will always use them for all of our packaging needs.
http://www.ecoenclose.com

Natalie
2 years 6 months ago
2 physical stores I must recommend are: Whole Earth Center in Princeton, NJ.  They’ve been selling bulk products since they opened (70s or 80s).  They have dried fruits, muslis and granolas, flours, grains, beans, pastas, seaweed, candies, oils, honey, agave, laundry and dish soaps, and lots more.  They are very good with taking tare weights and sell ball jars and cloth bags. The other is Integral Yoga in NYC.  This is the store that Colin Beaven went to for bulk during his project, and I went there when I was looking for fair trade bulk chocolate chips – WEC had… Read more »
2 years 8 months ago

May I suggest http://www.bioandchic.com they provide tableware made of eco-friendly materials instead of plastics

3 years 1 month ago
Dear Beth, Your blog has been an inspiration to me in starting my business, Glassery. After reading about the health dangers of plastic and the Great Ocean Garbage Patches, I started to look around for healthy, plastic-free products. After spending many more hours than I would have liked on fruitless searches, I decided to start a store that offered only 100% plastic-free products. I am proud to announce that I have opened my doors for business.  Glassery is an online retail store with the goal of helping people find alternatives to plastic in the kitchen. At Glassery, you’ll find glass… Read more »
BethTerry
3 years 1 month ago

Glassery Hi Laurel.  Sorry your comment didn’t appear right away — Livefyre thought it was spam.  But I went ahead and approved it.
I have a question — I see you carry glass tea pots.  Can these tea pots be heated on the stove?  And can they break?  I have been looking for one and reading comments on Amazon, and I have yet to find one that didn’t have at least a few comments saying they broke when heated on the stove… even teapots that are borosilicate glass and not supposed to break.

3 years 7 months ago

Great! i hope more people will start care more for the nature after this!

3 years 7 months ago

Hey, thanks for enlisting different plastic free companies around the world. I am sure your list will help abundant of people who all visit your blog and are looking for plastic free companies.

3 years 8 months ago

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3 years 11 months ago

I just tried to purchase the make-up, only to find after getting to the delivery information and facts web page that the organization doesn’t send to Canada! I sent them an e-mail to recommend that they really should condition that up-front. I misused lots of your energy and energy. Justfriends, that appears to be excellent. Will you get in touch with me after you obtain the TP and let me know exactly how it was packed in the box? Always looking for excellent resources of plastic-free products.

Sharon
4 years 3 months ago

I found a place that sells German made horsehair broom heads. All natural, no plastic – that’s what I want.

Annie Waters
4 years 6 months ago

Please add these organic cotton produce & bulk bags to the list…they work great! (Even for flour)
http//www.organicgreensbag.com

4 years 6 months ago

Hey Beth,
I love love Badger Balm. Their products are mostly organic and mostly plastic free. The only plastic in the tins is a safety wrap/ring. They have oils in glass bottles but with a plastic pump and lid. Their sunscreen is the best (great ratings from the EWG) and the container at least contains some recycled plastic.
I’m really excited because they are planning on coming out with a deodorant next year and they said it will be plastic free.
So, great products, great ingredients, and the company strives to use Eco friendly packaging.

5 years 2 months ago

Eve, that’s interesting. What I wonder is what the eraser is made from. It’s latex-free, so I’m assuming it’s made from plastic. I emailed the company to find out.

Eve Stavros
5 years 2 months ago

Interesting supplier of recycled newspaper pencils!!! I haven’t checked into their shipping policy yet, to see if it is plastic-free, but thought you might be interested. http://www.treesmart.com/

5 years 11 months ago

I just tried to order the toilet paper, only to discover after getting to the shipping info page that the company doesn’t ship to Canada! I sent them an e-mail to suggest that they really should state that up-front. I wasted a lot of time!

Justfriends
5 years 11 months ago

Follow-up on the TP packaging from Restockit: I’m so pleased to report that the ONLY plastic on or in the whole 5 cu ft box was the little plastic envelope containing the packing slip – no tape even! At a cost of 62 cents per 500 sheet roll, it beat out the big box stores. And, it’s decent TP too, which is a good thing, since I now have enough to last me two years! — — Eve

Justfriends
6 years 1 day ago
Wheeeeeeeee!!! I’ve found an online source for toilet paper that has NO plastic in the wrapping – AND it’s made from 100% recycled materials AND no bleach!!! AND it’s not exxpensive. Green Heritage by Atlas Paper Co. has about 12 different green varieties. It i ‘s a tad confusing – I mean have you ever measured your squares of toilet paper??? I’ve ordered a case – yes 96 rolls! I just hope the shipping box has minimal plastic/tape – but it’s still way better than that plastic wrapping on every doggone package. Check out – http://www.restockit.com
6 years 1 day ago

Justfriends, that sounds great. Will you contact me after you receive the TP and let me know exactly how it was packaged in the box? Always looking for good sources of plastic-free products.

6 years 12 days ago

Jane and Lynnel, Eco Vision is the company that makes the cardboard tubes and containers. They are owned by the same people as Organic Essence. Contact them! http://eco-vision.com/index.html Contact them to find out how you can buy tubes/containers. I have no idea how much they cost. The prices are not on the web site.

6 years 12 days ago

I’m looking for eco friendly lip balm tubes, too. I make lip balms.

6 years 12 days ago

Thank you. I am looking for the empty tubes and other eco friendly packaging to use for products at shoppe.

6 years 13 days ago

YES! Jane and Lynnel. In fact, right here on this page. Organic Essence sells lip balm in cardboard tubes. I wrote “plastic-free” but I should have specified that the tubes are actually cardboard.

Jane, I’ll check out SmallBones.ca and add them.

6 years 13 days ago

Does anyone know where I can find paper/cardboard lip balm tubes? TY!

6 years 13 days ago

http://www.smallbones.ca website & physical shop makes/sells many green products: soaps & shampoo bars, beeswax candles, organic cotton bags, hand-woven baskets, toiletries for women & men, etc. Most packaging is non-plastic (some lids are plastic & still searching for alternative lip balm tubes). Located in southern Ontario, Canada.

6 years 28 days ago
I’d suggest you add OB People’s Co-op [http://obpeoplesfood.coop/] to the list of physical stores. They really encourage you to bring your own bags and containers. There are the cloth bags available for purchase right next to the bulk bin (in case you forget your own). They sell the stainless steel water bottles along with all sorts of bulk goodies (maple syrup, grains, candies, oil, shampoo, soap, spices) that you can bring your own container in. I get zero friction from the staff when I bring my own bags, containers, jars, etc. They work with me when I ask for plastic… Read more »
Kate
6 years 1 month ago

I live in New Zealand and I like to buy organic foods like flour and oats but am having trouble sourcing large non-plastic containers in which to keep them. Have I just not found the right sites yet? Any suggestions?

Kate

6 years 1 month ago

Just FYI, the stainless steel wine glasses from Green Boat Stuff come with plastic bottoms. I guess there is a “stemless” wine glass that is totally stainless, but that might not be so useful after a lot of wine tasting…

6 years 1 month ago

We make every single bar of soap so you can luxuriosly shampoo, shower shave and bathe. We have been making soap for almost 20 years and have been “green product” long before it was considered one of our responsiblities to do so.
Our labels and packaging are simple – recycled paper.
Would love to have you list us as a link to your site if possible.
You have a great site. Thank you!
Lynnel Camling

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