My Favorite Zero Waste Stores | We all need to stop making Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world. He makes about $2,489 per second, or more than twice what the median US worker makes in one week. Pretty sure I could happily retire after a couple of days on the Bezos-pay-scale.
With the majority of us at home during this pandemic, we are buying way more online than we ever have. Sales for Amazon are projected to be somewhere around $10,000 per every second. Amazon reported worldwide net revenue of $75.452 billion in the first quarter, an increase of 26.4% from $59.700 billion during the first three months of 2019.
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Many small businesses suffered greatly during the first 3 months of 2020. In April, reports found that more than 75 million small businesses were at risk for closing due to the abrupt halt in sales thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
Remember, we can’t get angry that small businesses are closing because of big box, online retailers when we support those big box, online retailers. Words are words. Actions are actions.
Choosing where we spend our money is a pretty simple way make a difference. It’s easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to actionable ways to make environmental change but voting with our dollar does have an affect.
Shopping small means we as consumers get to have real conversations with businesses regarding environmental impact, ethics, and sustainability. Our voices get heard.
My Favorite Zero Waste Stores
Over the last 5 years, online access to items to replace single use disposables have increased substantially. There are many more options making finding an online store closer to home, more likely.
Even when I’m purchasing online, I try to consider the overall location of the store. Limiting the miles a product travels, reduces fuel used to transport that item to a consumer’s home.
Zero Market – Colorado
Located in Colorado, Zero Market has both a physical location and an Online Zero Waste Store. With over 150 products online, Zero Market’s goal is to help people drastically reduce landfill waste. This online store really has everything you’d ever need – a one stop shop.
They carry make up, toiletries, travel kits, cleaning supplies, and a plethora of certified organic teas and herbs that come in either a reusable tin or a paper bag. I plan to start an herbal medicine kit and will be stocking up from their amazing online selection.
The Earthling Co. – Nevada
This online store is my GO-TO for shampoo bars which I can’t even believe how awesome they are. They are made in the US, vegan, palm-oil free, cruelty free and has no SLS, fillers, silicones, parabens or preservatives.
Aside from the world’s best shampoo bars, they also have kitchen items, cloth bags, wooden brushes, toiletries and to-go items.
Tiny Yellow Bungalow – Georgia
One of the best online, sustainability stores on the internet. Jesse from Tiny Yellow Bungalow meticulously choses every item that she inventories to ensure utmost quality. She will even ship you your products in secondhand boxes! I just love that.
From kid and baby gear to reusables to replace disposables, you can find everything you’d need to start and sustain a zero waste lifestyle. She even has a cookbook full of delicious zero waste recipes!
Wild Minimalist – California
Wooden brushes, market baskets, menstrual cups, toiletries, cleaning products and more! Lily and Max started The Wild Minimalist to make living with less unnecessary waste more accessible for others. They select the best products and support manufacturers that uphold sustainable practices.
Life Without Plastic – Quebec, Canada
One of the VERY first places I was able to acquire the items I needed for my zero waste journey. I’ll be forever grateful to Life Without Plastic. They are the OG in my opinion.
Their vision – “a world without fossil-fuel derived plastic.” Their mission – “to raise awareness on the health and environmental problems posed by plastics while making the solutions more accessible, and empowering people to be part of the change.”
There’s many more, but be careful.
There are many stores online that offer zero waste goods (like Amazon) but do your due diligence to make sure you are supporting real people, real families who are trying to make the world a better place and share the same environmental values.
There are too many companies out there trying to capitalize on the green movement that have no business getting our money.
What are your favorite Zero Waste Stores?