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.
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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Ambatalia: Beautiful, handcrafted textiles, including reusable bags, wraps, napkins, and other plastic-free products for a non-disposable life. Read my interview with Molly de Vries of Ambatalia.
Anarres Natural Health: Personal care products shipped in compostable packaging. Read my interview with owner Tracey TieF here.
Aquarian Bath: Many personal care products in glass or metal containers. Read my reviews of their Unisex Natural Deodorant Balm and Tooth Powder.
Art of Zen Crochet: Natural personal care products with little to no packaging, including shampoo bars, deodorant, moisturizers, scrubs, and soaps. Read my review of their Coconut Silk Deodorant.
Avasol: Natural sunscreen in compostable cardboard tube. Read my review of Avasol sunscreen.
Beechland: Online shop selling mostly plastic-free family products (toys, games, craft supplies, musical instruments, foodware, furniture) to customers primarily in Nigeria and Ghana.
Cate & Levi: Cute toys made from recycled sweaters and wool. Read my review here.
Chagrin Valley: Natural personal care products with little to no packaging, including shampoo bars, deodorant, moisturizers, scrubs, and soaps. Read my review of their Coconut Silk Deodorant.
Chico Bags: Convenient compressible bags stuff into their own attached sack. I keep several of these in my purse at all times. Yes, they are made from synthetic materials, but they make remembering to bring a bag so easy that I think they're worth it.
Clean Planetware: Reusable stainless steel lunch boxes and dinnerware.
Eco Vision Biodegradable Packaging: Sister company to Organic Essence (below), they have developed truly compostable lip balm tubes and lotion jars made out of recycled cardboard.
Ecobags.com: Organic cotton produce/bulk bags. Great for dry goods from bulk bins. String bags and many other types of bags.
EcoJarz: Stainless steel jar lids that turn ordinary mason jars into travel mugs. Read my post about EcoJarz here.
Ecology Center: Berkeley, CA. Reusable containers and many other plastic-free eco-friendly household/personal care items. Huge library of books that can be borrowed. Runs sustainability workshops and tours.
ECOlunchbox: Reusable stainless steel lunch containers and other foodware, as well as cloth lunch bags and wraps and other accessories.
Ecovative Design: Packaging made from mushrooms that takes the place of Styrofoam.
Feelgoodz: Natural rubber flip flops. Read my review of Soft Strapz natural rubber and hemp flip flops.
Fillaree: Zero-waste, sustainable soap company whose core mission is to reduce household plastic waste through refill. They have refill locations in North Carolina or you can order refills online that will be delivered in a repurposed, washed, and sterilized glass, label/sticker free bottle.
Fillgood.co: Refill service in the SF Bay Area delivering refills of natural, personal care and cleaning products in glass jars right to your door. Read my full review of Fillgood.co.
GlassDharma: Reusable glass drinking straws. Read my review of GlassDharma straws here.
Guided Products Recycled Office Supplies: Recycled cardboard binders, notebooks, CD sleeves, folders. All plastic-free. Read my post about Guided Products here.
in.gredients: Austin, TX. Nearly packaging-free grocery store. Read about my trip to in.gredients here.
Integrity: Natural wheat cat litter that comes in a paper bag.
Kippy's Ice Cream Shop: Venice, CA. Producer of organic, raw sorbet packaged in glass jars. Truly Raw Gourmet will give a free jar of sorbet to customers who return 12 glass jars to the company to be reused.
Klean Kanteen: Reusable stainless steel bottles.
Lhasa Karnak: Berkeley, CA. Fabulous herb shop with two locations offering a huge selection of bulk herbs and spices, for which you can bring your own bags and jars to fill, and essential oils in glass bottles.
Life Without Plastic: A huge selection of plastic-free household items. Life Without Plastic is committed to developing and discovering products made from natural materials and is constantly adding new items. Read my post about Life Without Plastic here.
Lunapads: Reusable feminine hygiene products.
LunchBots: Stainless steel lunch containers. Read my review of LunchBots containers here.
Made-On Hard Lotion: Natural, plastic-free personal care products, such as lotion bars, hair butter, soaps, and rash cream.
Onyx Non-Plastic Containers: Supplier of stainless steel containers, including a stainless steel popsicle mold not found anywhere else. Read my review of the stainless steel popsicle mold here.
Organic Essence: Plastic-free lip balm (in an ingenious cardboard tube) and lotions. Read my review of Organic Essence here.
Planet Box: Stainless steel lunch box with handy sections. Read my review of Planet Box here.
Preserve: Makes recycled plastic toothbrushes from yogurt containers and other #5 plastic. They even accept used Brita water filter cartridges. Check out info on the Brita recycling campaign here.
Princeton Audio: Hand-crafted, customizable, portable audio speakers made from instrument-quality tonewoods instead of plastic and designed to be easily upgraded when connection technologies change so that they never have to be replaced. Princeton Audio is listed here not only because it eschews plastic but because it is combatting the prevailing corporate strategy of planned obsolescence.
Pulpworks: Packaging made from recycled paper that takes the place of plastic blister packs.
Pura Stainless: Stainless steel baby bottles with stainless nipple rings and silicone nipples. Read my review of Pura Stainless here.
Purrfect Play: Organic, plastic-free toys and supplies for dogs and cats. Read my post about Purrfect Play here.
Rainbow Grocery: San Francisco, CA. The largest selection of bulk items I have ever seen. In addition to dry stuff, they sell oils, nut butters, even fresh pasta in bulk. Personal care products too. Although it's common for customers to bring their own bags and containers, it seems that a greater percentage still take new plastic bags. Procedure: weigh containers yourself on scale in back of bulk section and use stickers provided to mark the weight. Be sure and write the bin number after filling up so the cashier knows what the product is. Read my report on Rainbow Grocery here.
Rex Apothecary: Personal care products such as tooth powder, shave cream, and deodorant in compostable cardboard containers and pomades, balms, and even mustache wax in recyclable tins.
Seventh Generation: Sells plastic-free, recycled toilet paper. I buy the cases from Amazon.com, which come in a cardboard box. See my review of Seventh Generation recycled toilet paper and how I buy it here.
Sinplástico: Spanish online shop selling lots of plastic-free items to locations throughout Europe.
Skoy Cloths: Compostable cleaning cloths made from cotton and natural cellulose that replace synthetic sponges and paper towels. Read my review of Skoy cloths here.
Tara's Organic Ice Cream: Berkeley, CA. Delicious homemade ice cream. The shop uses durable stainless steel tasting spoons as well as reusable bowls for customers eating in. They provide only compostable containers for take-out. What's more, Tara's encourages customers to bring their own containers. Read my post about Tara's here and about my experience bringing my own container here.
Taylor House Inc.: Natural personal care products packaged in reusable glass containers, including Balm! Baby sunscreen, deodorant, lotions, and balms. Read my reviews of Balm! Baby sunscreen and PITS! deodorant.
To-Go Ware: Reusable bamboo utensils & stainless steel tiffins.
TWINK Beauty: Natural makeup in metal tins. Read my review of the Lash Paint Mineral Mascara that comes in a metal tin.
Vejibag: Produce storage bags to keep leafy greens and other produce fresh without plastic. Made of U.S.-grown organic cotton French Terry, milled and manufactured in the United States. Read my review and comparison with other bags.