15 Zero Waste Online Shops For Beginners A wooden table covered with many different zero waste swaps like straws and cloth bags

15 Zero Waste Online Shops For Beginners


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Introduction

Not all of us are lucky enough to have local zero waste shops in our area; however, that’s where the internet comes in. There are tons of zero waste online shops where you can find plastic free and sustainable items so starting your zero waste journey is super easy!

While this doesn’t replace secondhand shopping or shopping local, online shopping comes in handy when you can’t find that certain item yourself. Check out my post on 8 Reasons To Thrift Shop to get some motivation for shopping secondhand instead of buying new!

I’ve organized the shops by country of origin, but some may ship to other places (all of Europe, worldwide, etc.).

United States

Life Without Plastic

Life Without Plastic has been selling plastic free items online since 2006. What started as an eco-conscious couple selling glass and steel baby bottles has grown into one of the best zero waste online shops. They have something for every part of your life and even have a subscription box service (you can also purchase a one-time box instead of a subscription). The founders also wrote a bestselling book as a guide for others. Life Without Plastic ships worldwide and is based in both the US and Canada.

NOTE: I am a Life Without Plastic affiliate.

Tiny Yellow Bungalow

Tiny Yellow Bungalow started in 2015 as a blog that eventually expanded into a giant zero waste online shop. They focus mainly on kitchen, bath, and cleaning products, but they also have handmade and vintage sections. They can ship internationally and have free shipping on orders over $100.

ZERO Market

ZERO Market is the first brick-and-mortar zero waste store in Colorado located in Aurora, CO. Their zero waste online shop has over a thousand items that ship to the US and Canada. The cool thing about this shop is their selection of zero waste gift sets such as a zero waste to go bag or a picnic set. They also sell herbs and teas in either reusable containers or paper bags, which I think is super neat!

Marley’s Monsters

The first of Marley’s Monsters was a fabric scrap stuffed monster sewn by Marley’s mom back in 2013. From there, her mom Sarah started making everything Marley needed with a focus on sustainability which grew into an online business and retail store. Their fabric and wood products are handmade in Eugene, Oregon, and they have a retail shop in town if you’re in the area. You can even customize your fabric prints (currently suspended during COVID-19). They ship worldwide, and shipping is a $5 flat free for US orders over $100.

Wild Minimalist

Zero waste parents Max and Lily started Wild Minimalist to help others begin their own zero waste journeys. They are based in California and ship worldwide (shipping is free within the US). Like ZERO Market, Wild Minimalist sells zero waste kits which make great gifts!

EarthHero

EarthHero’s mission is to make buying responsibly second-nature by providing a one-stop shop for sustainably made items without sacrificing on convenience. They have everything from clothing to toys to home and pets. They also offer free shipping on orders over $50 (ship to US only currently, but they are working on expansion).

EcoRoots

EcoRoots is also based in Colorado. They sell ethically and sustainably sourced items for the home, kitchen, and bathroom. Like most of these zero waste online shops, they ship using recyclable and compostable materials (even their packing peanuts are cornstarch and dissolve in water!). A portion of every purchase is donated to Ocean Conservancy to reduce single use plastic pollution in our oceans. EcoRoots offers free US shipping on orders over $30.

Boston General Store

The Boston General Store began in 2013 as a small online store, but now they have two brick-and-mortar locations in Dedham and Brookline, MA. The store pays homage to owner April’s grandmother who taught her the importance of reusable, well-made goods. Both locations have such a welcoming old-timey vibe, but for those outside Massachusetts, you can still buy zero waste items, local foods, and clothing online. There is free shipping on US orders over $25, but they can also ship internationally.

United Kingdom

Anything But Plastic

Anything But Plastic is a funky little shop started by a “whippersnapper trying to self-righteously change the world.” The owner really tries to educate consumers by including sections on “What does it replace?”, “Why is it better?”, “Is it worth it?”, and “Material ratings” for each and every product sold on the site. Currently, ABP ships only within the UK.

Waste Not

Waste Not is a plastic free online shop promoting reduction in plastic use that is polluting our planet. They offer home, kitchen, and bath products, as well a few kits. For their sanitary products, they run a one-for-one program which helps young girls receive access to both menstrual products and advice. How great is that? There is free shipping in the UK on orders over £50.

Plastics Free

Based in Cornwall, Plastics Free is aiming to make the transition to a plastic free lifestyle as easy as possible. They sell bath, kitchen, and cleaning products, and they have sections for pets and kids. They ship to all of Europe, but UK orders over £25 ship free.

Life Before Plastik

Two sisters started Life Before Plastik in 2018 as a way to help others make ethical and sustainable purchases. At least 90% of their products are vegan (those that aren’t include beeswax). None of their products were tested on animals, and all are sourced responsibly. LB4P ships to Europe, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. There is free shipping on UK orders over £50.

Boobalou

Boobalou offers a huge selection of home, living, women’s, and baby products. Every order donates a tree to the Eden Reforestation Projects. Boobalou also has an EcoPoints system in which for every pound spent, you receive a 5p EcoPoint to use on future orders. They ship worldwide and offer free shipping on UK orders over £50.

Australia

Biome

Biome started way back in 2003 with the vision “to preserve a safe, healthy environment on this wonderous planet for now and for all who come after us.” Beyond your typical zero waste swaps and home items, Biome sells slow fashion garments, outdoor items, books, and even food. They have very strict standards for their products, which you can read about here. Biome ships to most of Asia, UK, US, Canada, and European Union countries. They also have seven store locations in Australia.

Canada

NU

NU Online is an online zero waste grocery store that also sells other zero waste products (personal care, cleaning products, etc.). If you want to make your own DIY products, NU sells various ingredients plastic free. NU has a physical location in Ottawa for in-store pick-ups. Grocery purchases are for Ottawa only, but other items can be shipped wherever in Canada.

Conclusion

What zero waste online shops have you used to help transition to a sustainable lifestyle? Let me know in the comments.

15 Zero Waste Online Shops For Beginners A wooden table covered with many different zero waste swaps like straws and cloth bags


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Thomas S
1 month ago

Another great option in California is Eco Now https://www.econowca.com/ since they used reduced, compostable packaging for your zero waste items and they serve the Orange County area refilling your reused containers with bulk items delivered to your door. You should check them out and see if they belong on this list as well. Great, informative article tho!

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