Living a zero-waste life is no easy feat when you consider how much plastic we are exposed to on a daily basis. You might be thinking that recycling is a good option, and in some cases it is, but the concept of zero waste is to reduce or get rid of waste altogether and these 30 Zero Waste Online Stores For Plastic Free Shopping are the perfect place to start your journey.
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What is a zero waste online store?
A zero waste online store offers consumers products that are reusable, refillable, recyclable or returnable. All the products are plastic-free and help people reduce their waste. You will typically find things like beeswax wraps, safety razors, shampoo bars, unpaper towels, stainless steel straws and containers, silicone storage bags for food, reusable makeup wipes, sanitary pads and much more. Some of the items you find can be composted and are biodegradable.
Zero Waste online stores in the USA
The following three zero waste online stores are based in the USA, but all ship to Canada.
Superheroes are more like it! If you love the Earth you will love this zero waste online shop! They carry EVERYTHING and when I say everything I mean it. From zero waste lip balm to ethical socks to bath and beauty must-haves and even compostable trash bags, they've got your whole home and body covered!
Say hello to easy sustainable shopping that's just a click away and feel good when you buy something as they are a member of 1% For The Planet.
Is by far one of the best zero waste online stores in the US. They carry EVERYTHING if you are looking for no plastic packaging products you will find them here. They do have a Canadian connection, their head office is located in Quebec and the warehouse is located in the US.
Find bar soaps for your hair and your kitchen. Baby goods, food storage options like bento boxes, produce bags, reusable mugs, tooth care, hankies you name it! I love their Plastic Coalition Store, which is a growing global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic.
Founded by Chantal and Jay who were concerned about the impact of plastic on the health of their new baby. They began this journey back in 2006 and now they offer over 450 unique products.
In 2017, they released their book "Life Without Plastic: The Practical Step-By-Step Guide to Avoiding Plastic to Keep Your Family and the Planet Healthy" a must-read.
They ship to Canada at a flat rate if you spend less than $110, anything over that shipping is free.
This eco-friendly online zero waste store also offers an excellent selection from personal care to kitchen, dining and even coffee and tea. Make sure you take a look at their zero waste laundry and clean-up sections.
Based in Oregon, this family-run shop wants to "share our passion with others by providing quality products that support a minimalist, waste-free lifestyle for all ages and help keep the earth well." Love that!
Marley's Monsters is super popular on Instagram and for good reason. They carry one of my top sustainable swaps, the UNpaper® towel. If you know me you know I dislike paper towels immensely. It's expensive, wasteful and is killing old forests at alarming rates. Like its toilet paper counterpart! UNpaper® towels are so easy to use, you can buy them on a roll or a holder like you see in the photo below. They work the same way conventional paper towel works, but sans all the waste.
Founds by Sarah and based in Oregon, they hand make all of the items sold in the online zero waste store. Got kids? They've got you covered with their burp cloths, baby cloth wipes and washcloths.
You will also find reusable cotton rounds, reusable sponges for cleaning, and even reusable coffee filters and with over 42,000 sales on Etsy, you can trust this is a good place to buy zero waste supplies.
These guys make zero waste swaps easier than ever with their bundles and kits. I also really love their option to shop by your interest, whether that be the adventurer, the beauty enthusiast or the pet lover or the zero-waste newbie. They vet every single item they sell so you don't have to! Kind of like what I do here on The Eco Hub. 😍 They believe all positive changes start from ZERO"! As members of 1% For The Planet, they take issues like animal rights and racial justice seriously and that's reflected in all the items they carry!
You know how much I love to clean and I've been using the No Tox Life Block Soap for longer than I can remember. It was something that was a real game-changer for me in my kitchen and it can be in your too. Along with zero waste dish soap, No Tox Life offers cleaning products, beauty products and other eco-friendly products for the home.
"No Tox Life was born from the desire to provide effective, vegan body and home care to help you live a cleaner, greener lifestyle. We are a local, family-run business and each product is made using high-quality, effective ingredients."
I get very excited at the concept of refill, I've talked about it many times here on The Hub and I knew it would become more mainstream as consumers demand more from brands, especially when it comes to all that plastic packaging. The Refill Shoppe makes it so easy to have their refill options delivered right to your door. All you need to do is order the item of your choice, when it's done, you send it back with the prepaid postage, they will wash and sanitize and reuse the container over and over. They are both a Certified B Corp and a member of 1% for the Planet.
This Certified B Corp makes zero waste online shopping SO easy. I am sure you have seen and heard of these guys before? They are carried in a lot of shops across Canada and the USA. I have used many of their cleaning products and most of them have lasted me more than 15 years. They are an innovative brand that offer a phenomenal range of sustainable products for you to choose from. Being "plastic-neutral" means that:
"for every ounce of plastic we use, we work with Plastic Bank® to recover and recycle the same amount of plastic that would otherwise enter our oceans"
I've rounded up the best zero waste online stores and shops, most of which are in Canada. For the ones that are not, I have included shipping information for you.
Zero Waste online stores in Canada
A low waste online store that I love. I have quite a few items from Kinsfolk Shop. Including reusable cloth produce bags, perfect for grocery shopping and I really love their dustpan and brush, I mean all cleaning tools should always look this good!
Find a healthy selection of green goods from first aid to personal care to zero waste laundry options and even a zero waste starter kit for newbies. Their candles and linen spray are all made with sustainable ingredients and are so pretty for any eco-home.
Tiu and Rahul, the owners, have done such a great job at curating zero and low-waste items for the home. It's a very well-rounded package free shop that makes sustainable shopping so easy for everyone.
Based in Guelph Ontario, all their shipping is carbon neutral and plastic-free. All packages are sent in repurposed cardboard boxes or paper envelopes. Products are packed as flat as possible to conserve packaging materials and reduce waste.
To cut back on unnecessary paper waste, they do not include paper receipts or paper packing slips in your package unless you request it.
Kinsfolk Shop is proud to support Tree Canada as a Tree Friend.
The Better Farm Co. works with One Tree Planted a non-profit organization that's on a mission to make it simple for anyone to help the environment by planting trees!
When you consider that "less than 11 percent of Canada’s plastics get recycled. The rest end up in our landfills, lakes, parks, and oceans, destroying ecosystems and leaching toxic chemicals", a reusable shopping bag is a no-brainer!
Green & Frugal carries a wide range of zero waste home essentials. Find plastic-free body care like zero waste lip balm and body butter, plus shampoo bars. They make a lot of their personal care products in small batches, even their toothpaste. All of their ingredients are ethically sourced and no fillers or harmful synthetics are added.
This plastic-free online shop's reusable section is fantastic offering everything you need for your kitchen, bathroom and home. I've been using their body butter, it's simply divine, the orange and vanilla is my favourite, the smell is so intoxicating. It's been a saviour for my dry skin this winter. If you have not tried plastic-free toothpaste yet, I highly recommend giving theirs a go. The mint flavour is so good. I LOVE the fact that a lot of their skin and body care products come in reusable containers that you can refill. Reducing waste even further.
If you are a clean freak like me then you will love their laundry and dish soap block. They hand make them in-house using sustainably sourced ingredients. It's super concentrated (no added water like dish soap) and cuts grease very well. You only need to use a little bit, it will last at least a few months. Think about how much plastic you will be cutting back on.
Green & Frugal is a small, local business located in Toronto. They work closely with their manufacturers to ensure green living is more accessible, they do this by cutting out the middle man, which helps them to reduce the cost to the consumer.
Many of the reusable products they offer to replace single-use items that are devastating to the environment. Gotta love that! Use the code THEECOHUB15 for 15% off!
Is fast becoming one of my favourite go-to zero waste online stores in Canada. They offer a huge range of sustainable products. From shampoo bars to skincare, drinkware, and kids, you are sure to find what you are looking for. This family-owned business prides itself on curating only the best in eco. They carry so many Canadian brands that we know and love, like Bkind, Nelsons Naturals zero waste toothpaste, Cocoon Apothecary and more.
They also have a gorgeous collection of rattan items for the home.
With a name like that, how can you not love them! Looking for "Sustainable Living With Style"? Your search is over. This eco-friendly, no-waste & low-waste boutique has curated collections for Baby & Kids, Bath & Body and Home Decor. Owner Laura says "My passion to do better by our planet set my path to create a space for my community to come, not only to source items that support a low-waste lifestyle but where they would be introduced to talented local makers creating beautiful eco-friendly items." Make sure to check out their refillable options too.
This zero-waste online shop is all about: Sustainable Living, , Zero-Waste Refillery and Ethical Clothing! Looking for sustainable winter hats? Or what about ethical dresses? They make zero waste living easy with their selection of refillable products, essential oils and bulk options. Make sure to take a look at the selection of zero waste period products and non-toxic hand sanitizers. I kind of think of this shop as an online zero waste department store.
etee is probably one of the most innovative zero waste shops out there. They carry a huge range of items like zero-waste floss, zero-waste toothpaste, zero-waste lip balm and even zero-waste dish soap, which by the way is freaking amazing! It comes in a compostable tube that's made out of beeswax.
They ship all of their goodies plastic-free and are have over 40 unique plastic-free household items. This is my go-to for plastic-free online stores.
I stumbled upon this store when I was doing research on how to freeze meat without plastic. Not only do they carry a great selection of reusable water bottles, but you will also find plastic-free storage containers for everything from food jars to bento boxes to coffee mugs and on-the-go essentials. They take the extra step in making sure that all of the items they sell are ethically made and sourced. Gotta love that!
You can shop Eco + Amour's brick and mortar or you can browse their online shop. One of my favourite things about this shop is its refill options, you can refillable cleaning products and even refillable hair and body care. E+A, zero waste shop online that carries whatever you may need for any room in your home including the kitchen and bathroom. Their motto is "Refill today for a better tomorrow". Totally on board with this! Another added benefit they make and sell some of the best zero waste skincare and haircare products called Lines Of Elan that is both local and ethical, so make sure to check them out!
Based in Kamloops, British Columbia, Our Footprints offers an assortment of green goods from pet care to compost bins and everything in-between. Their zero-waste selections are impressive, they even have a whole section of cleaning and beauty products that are all refillable. I really think refillable is the future, we are going to see more and more brands offering this as consumers demand less packaging.
Our Footprints have made their refillery options available to you online and will ship nationwide. They have sourced household and personal products that save us from the typical world of disposable consumerism.
They also have a really good blog that offers a wide range of eco-friendly topics, tips and tricks.
One of the best no-plastic packaging products is the Swedish sponge. They carry a range from KLIIN, another favourite Canadian brand. The clothes are machine-washable, soft and super absorbent! AND, you can even compost them! And if you need a compost bin, they have that too!
Green Bohème is one of the best online stores for zero waste living! They have a beautifully curated list of products for your whole home created by artisans from all over the world including ceramics, zero waste cleaning essentials, plastic-free storage solutions, paper-towel alternatives and even the cutest compost bins.
This cute little Etsy shop located in Winnipeg Manitoba came about after owners Zac and Janelle travelled abroad and saw first-hand the detrimental effects of waste management and pollution.
Their mission is to inspire people to collectively reduce waste and make sustainable products accessible to everyone.
This kit will help you reduce waste in your bathroom significantly.
They ship everything plastic-free in recycled cardboard boxes, sealed with paper tape. A tree is planted with every purchase!🌲 I love Etsy so much, it's a great place to support a small, local zero waste online store.
OlsenolsenDesign is a Quebec-based zero waste online store that carries the most adorable range of beeswax wraps with some of the cutest patterns, and a large selection of sizes too.
Each wrap is made with organic ingredients. You can also find other reusable items like stainless steel straws, furoshiki wraps, reusable dryer balls and bamboo toothbrushes that you can customize.
Supporting small local shops like this is more important than ever, especially ones that are offering affordable eco products for your home.
Freon stocks zero waste essentials for the clean beauty lover. All of their products are handmade using materials sourced from overstock, offcuts, or materials that are organic and chemical-free. Freon which means "friends" in old English was established owner Nancy, a beauty blogger who realized the impact of single-use items were having on the planet.
Disposable cotton rounds have a huge ecological footprint; we wrote a whole post about it. So opting to make this change is pretty awesome.
Find a selection of reusable masks, makeup removed pads, face cloths, reusable tote bags and scrunchies. How beautiful are these patterns?
Based in Calgary Alberta, this zero waste line store's entire lineup of products can be refilled, reused, or recycled. They've done all the hard work for you by heavily researching and vetting all their products to ensure that you are getting the most sustainable options.
They offer really cute zero waste kits for your kitchen, bathroom and even baby. Their "ultimate zero waste kit" includes 14 zero waste essentials from a stasher bag, to block soap, bamboo toothbrushes and more.
I love their selection of baby and child products. Find teething rings, swaddling blankets made with organic cotton and bamboo. Plus really cute bottles, brushes and pacifiers.
Founded by Jaime, this Canadian online zero waste shop (they do have a brick and mortar shop too) is perfect for all your eco-friendly needs. After reading how much waste she was creating she actively began searching for low waste solutions to the items she was buying, she found it was quite challenging after months of hard work and research Earth Market was born.
Jamie "wants to help bridge that gap while diminishing the amount of waste we produce. Keeping the planet healthy for future generations is a priority."
Find bar shampoo for your pet, a great selection of bulk foods like tea, flour, baking powder, rice, nuts, seeds and candy. They carry a ton of refill options too. Make sure you check out their online resource section too.
I've been shopping at Logan and Finely for years. Julie Skirving the owner has a massive selection of sustainable and eco-friendly items to choose from. I've found so many wonderful Canadian brands through Julie and am forever grateful for that!
Like most businesses today, Julie has had to pivot and now offers her selection of eco goodies online for you, all of which have been thoughtfully chosen, purposeful, useful and well made.
Not only can you find all the zero waste essentials you need, but Julie has a ton of really great ethical fashion to choose from as well. Sweaters, jackets, blazers, you name it all made with natural and organic fibres. She even offers a wardrobe consultation on how to curate an ethical wardrobe.
Zero Waste Grocery Stores across Canada
I feel blessed when I look at this list and see all of these amazing zero waste groceries stores. There are many more and if you have one you love, please share in the comments below.
From baked goods to metal straws you will find all the essentials you need and then some. Owners Alison and Brianne teamed up to design a package-free food supply chain rid of excess and waste. The result? A new way to grocery shop and a commitment to both healthy people and a healthy planet!
Run by my good pal Michelle, this is Toronto's first zero-waste market. If you search Google for “zero waste store near me” and they pop up, run don't walk! For online shoppers, they are your one-stop shop for your daily groceries and home care products. They are constantly searching for the best items for you, and focus on local whenever possible.
Around the corner from my house, I simply could not live without this store. Good news is you can shop online as well. Find locally-grown and sourced produce, dry goods, oils + vinegars, and many other food products. And, look out for their affordable and locally sourced body and home care products in bulk that are good for you and good for the planet.
Not sure where to shop zero waste, well at NU you can do it in person or online. Nu Grocery has over 700 package-free products, from cereals to toothpaste! Their products are carefully curated: they favour all-natural, organic and locally sourced products. They ship zero waste across Canada and the USA!
Looking for zero waste bulk-online shops? You have come to the right place. Browse a variety of oils, nut butters and spices in bulk, and make sure you check out their cheese-making kits too. Ooh la la, sign me up.
The Tare Shop is a package-free coffee shop and bulk store. As the first package-free store in Halifax, we provide alternatives to over-packaged food, household, and personal items.
Founded by Kate Pepler in October 2018, with locations in central Halifax and downtown Dartmouth, The Tare Shop aims to reduce barriers and encourage more sustainable living.
Choosing the best alternatives to plastic
Staring your journey to a plastic-free life can be both exciting and frustrating. It's not going to happen overnight, in 85 Sustiabale Tips I outlined some of the most practical steps you can take to green your life. Change takes time and that is certainly the case when it comes to plastic-free living.
You can always choose reusable over single-use, which you probably already know. You also have the choice to pick better alternatives to plastic. Some of those include glass, stainless steel, silicone, cardboard, wood, bamboo, and natural fibres and fabrics.
The bottom line on online zero waste stores
Wow, this is an impressive list if I do say so myself. 20 years ago or even 10 years ago there was nowhere near this selection to choose from. This makes me so happy. So much of the time it's hard to find a low/zero waste alternative but with the explosion of online shopping we know have much better options than Amazon.
Where do you shop for zero waste supplies? Share your favorite zero waste online stores in the comments below.
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