Zero Waste Stores Around the Globe
They are coming more and more Zero Waste Stores quickly....
Ambitious people who want to cut plastic and waste out of the daily life, are opening Zero Waste Stores around the Globe.
At least in bigger Cities you might find a Zero Waste Store or a Bulk Store to buy unpackaged goods and bring your reusable bags and jars.
Since I am traveling and been to many Countries and Cities, I see that its possible to avoid a lot of plastic everywhere.
I will show you some of the stores I visited so far on this site, also I will share some search engines where you can easily find a bulk store or zero waste store close to you.
If you don't have one in your city yet have a look at my article here about some tips and tricks how to avoid plastic packaging in a normal supermarket.
If theres no Zero Waste Shop in your town (yet) you can also order some things online. (Even if you might get a reusable cup in a plastic wrap, just imagine how many single use cups you will refuse in the future.)
Even nuts, grains, dried fruits, etc can be ordered online without plastic in some stores.
For my german follower: there is one german online store where I bought nuts, dates, grains in paper bags at the mein-müsli-laden store. Try it out...
There are zero waste online shops like life-without-plastic who will send your orders plastic free. With other online shops like Etsy or amazon or any other make sure to write to the retailer and request no plastic wrapping, ask them to use alternatives like paper...
Some shops are really supportive when it comes to reducing plastic, others don't.
Stores and markets I visited
When I arrived in Tallinn, Estonia, I couldn´t find a bulk store online at first (actually I found two, but its been a bulkstore for alcohol and one for cigarettes;) so I thought it might help you and me to get a list together with markets, shops and informations for plastic free travels.
There are also a few great apps, location finder for Zero Waste Stores like the one from
Zero Waste Shopping in the US
In the US the supermarket chain Whole Foods is a great place to buy bulk and bring your own container. Some Whole Foods Stores even except to let you bring your container for the salad bar (like in Flagstaff) others sadly don't.
In LA we were lucky to live close to a Sprouts Supermarket and we could even bring our own glass jar to get olives from the salad bar! Some Ralphs Supermarkets had a small bulk section too. Not in Korea Town LA, but in El Segundo and Torrance.
In New York there are a few Zero Waste Stores, but like in LA if you don't live close by it's like a day trip to go shopping ;)
Zero Waste Shopping in Mexico City
Markets!!! You will find fruits and veggies and I've seen beans and lentils too at El Mercado de Medellin.
On the streets of Mexico City you will find stalls selling nuts in bulk and a lot of sweets too. Just tell them friendly that you like to use your own bag.
Zero Waste Store Vienna
When we got to the Zero Waste Store in Vienna, Austria, it was sadly closed because of holidays. But it looked pretty nice from the outside.
Zero Waste Store Toronto
In Canada you´ve got the Bulk Store Chain Bulk-Barn in a lot of Cities. They have a great range of bulk products, but it´s not about a plastic free shopping. They offer plastic bags only, but you bring your own reusable bags or jars, and they also sell jars and reusable bags if you need some.
In Toronto we lived close to a Bulk Store called Urban Bulk Emporium. A really nice shop (not plastic free yet), offering a range of organic products too. And they appreciate if you bring your own bags and container.
Zero Waste Stores Montreal
We lived close to a Zero Waste Store called Epicerie- Loco. They are located in two different areas in Montreal for now. They offer everything from grains, to unwrapped Tofu (!!), Shrimps and Coffee. You will find veggies and fruits, eggs and unwrapped cheese. And everything else you need.
Theres also Mega Vrac and Vrac and Bocaux (I didnt make it for a visit) and a few farmers markets like Jean Talon Market. A lot of unwrapped choices. From olives, fruits, veggies, cheese, pastries, cakes....
Zero Waste Stores Prague
In Prague, Czech Republic, you will find a few awesome farmers markets all around town where you can buy veggies and fruits and even nuts and dried fruits unwrapped. Just bring your own cloth bags/Paper bags (I havent seen anyone providing paper bags). Also Cakes (bring your own container) and cheese and meat, I bet they wont mind here to put your order in your own container.
Farmers market (I think its every weekday)
Nám. Jiřího z Poděbrad,
130 00 Praha 3
There is also a small Zero waste shop in Prague you should check out:
120 00 Praha 2
You wont see them if you just pass the building. I couldn´t find them on my first attempt. You need to look out for a door to the backyard where theres a green sign and then ring the bell. Theyll open the door for you. Its a small shop, but they have a lot of bulk to offer. From lentils, nuts, dried fruits, oats, cookies, etc....
Zero Waste Store Berlin
A classic one, the first Zero Waste Store inBerlin and a well known Zero Waste Store, is Original Unverpackt. A young ambitious lady is running this store, and expanding to include an Online Shop at the moment.
Zero Waste Store Kiel
In the north german town Kiel, theres another great Zero Waste Store. The first Zero Waste Store in Germany! The owner opened it after she attended a Bea Johnson Event! How awesome. Opened in 2014.
Awesome range of products. From grains, herbs, oil, Whisky, sausages, cheese, chocolate, fresh produce, you will find everything in this little gem.
Zero Waste Shopping in Riga
When we went to Riga, Latvia, there were no Zero Waste Store yet. But you can find a lot of unwrapped stuff and bulk at the zentral market. From veggies and fruits to Chia seeds and rice. I didnt buy anything because we didn´t need groceries that day, but we walked around and found theres a huge range of unwrapped products around. Even in normal supermarkets you have a lot of unwrapped veggie and fruit choices like in most European supermarkets they sometimes even offer nuts and cookies in bulk (e.g. at Rimi). But you must bring your own paper or cloth bags because they just provide plastic bags.
Zero Waste Shopping in Vilnius
In Vilnius, Lithuania, we didn´t find a Zero Waste Store, but we found sweets and nuts and dried fruits in bulk in the bigger supermarkets (like Rimi). And in small nut shops. But the same than in other countries you need to bring your own cloth bags or paper bags, because they only provide these thin plastic bags. They had paper bags for the sweets though.
With most veggies and fruits you have an unwrapped choice and they have oil and vinegar in glass also.
Zero Waste Store Tallinn
In Tallin, Estland, there is a market called Balti Jama Turg, just behind the trainstation. At the organic Store (Bio Market) you will find nuts, seeds, fruits, coconut flour, etc. plastic free to pack into paper backs or your own bags. Also oil and vinegar and washing soap. Check it out.
The market hall where the Bio-Market is located is huge, a lot of veggie and fruit stands and also cheese, meat and fish.
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