I’M A LAZY SHOPPER.
I don’t know about you all, but I’m a really lazy shopper. If I could, I would never step foot in a mall. I would send someone instead to shop for me, which is why initially, online shopping was a godsend. But even then I hated to filter through all the products and figure out for myself which product would actually work for me.
Being Greener means buying more eco-friendly products and let’s be real, they aren’t as popular as the non-eco-friendly options, meaning we have to hunt for them. And I don’t want to hunt, I want to walk into one store and grab everything I’ll ever need. That is the DREAM.
But nope, that is not how it works right now. Instead, I have to go back to my ancestral roots and channel my inner hunter/gatherer. Grab my spear and haul my body to the couch to look for them. During the search I have to first make sure, is it eco-friendly? Meaning does it contain toxic chemicals that could harm me or the Earth? Is it made of eco-friendly materials instead of non-recyclable or down-cycled product? Honestly, it’s hard to find out, because a lot of products don’t list what they are made of the way food has to be.
Until, like a ray of sunshine beaming down from the heavens, I discovered that there are small business sites that solely collect and sell eco-friendly products. Not even that, but some of them even tell you what it’s made of, why they chose it, etc.
And so I have come to share my knowledge with you!
HOW DID I CHOOSE THE SHOPS?
To make the list, the shops had to:
- Be specifically catered to a zero-waste lifestyle
- I know that you can walk into Target and buy a wooden bowl and that is technically ‘zero-waste’, but that store does not sell specifically zero-waste products. What is a zero-waste product? Usually they are healthy for you and produces no or significantly less trash.
- Sell more than 3 categories of zero-waste product
- Sorry Lush, yah only sell bath + body category
- Legitimate Website
- I’m pretty suspicious of online retail shops I’ve never heard of, so I looked into whether these shops were real and credible. Meaning I made sure they had SSL (secure), they were registered with a legitimate business address and checked if their payment system is safe (linked to paypal, or a e-commerce site, etc) with a privacy and terms of service statement.
And so my friends, here is the list of zero-waste stores I’ve found for you. ENJOY! And be free to be a lazy shopper like me. Be free.
- Lauren Singer is the CEO of Package Free Shop located in NYC. Aside from Bea Johnson, Lauren Singer also put zero-waste into the mainstream media by appearing in the New York Times along with Ted Talks etc. for being able to fit a year’s worth of trash into just one mason jar.
- Her site is very clean and the best thing is every product comes with a description of what it is, what’s in the packaging, the ingredients/materials and what to do with it when you are done with the product. I mean, that’s literally everything I wanted on one site. No more research for you! Because her team has already done it for you.
- I would have to mention that she comes with recent controversy in the zero-waste community as shown here
- An online store devoted to giving alternatives to disposable wear, its mission is closely related to the Zero-Waste and Greener movement. They have a variety of offerings and I’m really digging their convenient and beautiful website. Their product descriptions do give you an idea of the ingredients, but is inconsistent when it comes to material information.
- Probably the most extensive collection of zero-waste packages along with in-depth detail of the products which is helpful to know what they are made of, why they are zero-waste, etc.
- This online store has an extensive collection of carefully selected items for your home and life. They even give you an in-depth description of their principles of picking non-toxic, environmentally friendly products. Their product ingredients and materials section is pretty good, but they do sell products that are stored in plastic, so its focus is not as intensely on reducing plastic usage as Life Without Plastic.
- If you are concerned about the toxic factor of your products, this would be the shop I would go to.
- This shop not only sells zero-waste products, but bulk items in raw materials and even things for your pet! They also sell essential oils, since that was their original thing before.
- Their descriptions of the products are not as in-depth as I would like and some of their products come in plastic as well, but I can vouch that they are a trusted website because I’ve actually bought from them myself and didn’t have any problems and the item comes in a completely compostable box with paper stuffing!
- A Cute Little Online shop that covers materials from Bath+Body to Kitchen to Baby
Am I missing any?
If you know any stores that sell a multitude of zero-waste products, let me know! I’ll update the list.
Stay Green My Friends.
**I am not endorsed by any of these sites, I do not get an benefit from giving you this list! Yay for me. But that means I still have to keep my day job. (-__-)
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