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8 Best Zero Waste Stores in Florida

No matter how much you try, it’s pretty impossible to walk into a grocery store or a supermarket and leave without plastic.

While you could choose glass and paper-packed goods and use tote bags and reusable produce baggies to cut down your plastic consumption, your regular supermarket isn't well suited for plastic-free and zero-waste shopping (just yet).

But zero waste stores are! The procedure is simple: you bring your own clean containers from home (jars, bags, tupperwear) and label them with their tare weight. Then, fill the containers with goods like pasta, oil, or spices, and proceed to the checkout. There it is: completely package-free.

In our new Guide & Map series, we're going to guide you through the greenest, most sustainable and conscious businesses out there. Starting with Florida (the birthplace of NatureHub), we will continue the journey all throughout the US.

Today we chose 8 best zero waste stores in Florida, from Miami to Gainesville. Those are not your traditional bulk stores: these stores offer organic products from ethical, often local, businesses and little to no packaging waste.

Let's dive in!

1. JAR the Zero Waste Store (Stuart, FL)

JAR specializes in everything you can put into, well, a jar (which you can buy right there in case you forgot your own).

They have a wide variety of organic dry goods, from legumes and coffee to spices and flours, as well as a selection of soaps, beauty products, and household items.

What else? JAR holds occasional yoga classes and educational talks. They also organized a local composting service that would take your compost to a tree farm where it will be used to grow native trees for $10 to $15 per month.

Online shopping available:

Address: 3876 SE Dixie Hwy, Stuart, FL 34997.

Visit JAR

2. Verde (Miami, FL)

Verde is now one of the most popular zero waste stores in Florida, and for a reason; small but efficient, it holds a wide selection of dry goods, oils, and personal care products.

Don't even get us started on their soap refill station and spices rack!

What else? Verde also has a composting service ($1 donation per a drop-off).

Online shopping available: Yes.

Address: 2328 NE 2nd Ave, Unit 2, Miami, FL 33137.

Visit Verde

3. The Refillery (St. Petersburg, FL)

The Refillery has a huge range of household, hair care, and skincare products, from laundry detergent and castile soap to sunscreen (!) and hand sanitizer. If you're into DIY self-care, you're in the right place: you can mix and match the ingredients to create your own lotions and bath salts in their DIY Bar.

What else? The Refillery hosts "Make and Take" DIY workshops to help you create your custom skincare products. As well, they educate local businesses in the area about switching over to a more sustainable operation.

Online shopping available: Nope.

Address: 7490 30th Avenue North, Suite B, St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Visit The Refillery

4. One World Zero Waste (Tequesta, FL)

Opened by a lovely couple, One World Zero Waste provides a wide selection of superfoods, dry goods, essential oils, and accessories to make your zero waste life easier.

As well, they make and sell their own cloth wipes, reusable bags, utensils holders, and more: because #supportlocal.

What else? One World Zero Waste organizes cooking workshops, food exchange events, and yoga sessions.

Online shopping available: Yes.

Address: 354 S. Cypress Drive, Tequesta, FL 33469.

Visit One World Zero Waste

5. Harmony Zero Waste Market (Orlando, FL)

Harmony Zero Waste Market has opened less than a year ago but managed to get a pretty solid fan base already.

Now operating as a beautiful stand on a farmers' market, they have a nice selection organic legumes, nuts, rice as well as accessories such as sponges, reusable wraps, and straws.

What else? They aim to open a chain of stores in the near future.

Online shopping available: Nope.

Address: Winter Garden Farmer’s Market, every 1st & 3rd Saturday, 9 AM to 2 PM.
104 S Lakeview Ave, Winter Garden, Orlando, FL 34787.

Visit Harmony Zero Waste Market

6. Life Unplastic (Gainesville, FL)

Life Unplastic offers a wide variety of home and personal care items: everything you can think of, from Epsom salts and essential oils to house cleaners.

Next up, Life Unplastic is about to expand their personal care and beauty collection. For those of you with fur babies, Life Unplastic will introduce dog treats (and hopefully, pet food!) soon as well.

What else? Life Unplastic is planning a bunch of community workshops in the near future.

Online shopping available: Nope.

Address: 2441 NW, 43rd St. Ste 24B-1, Gainesville, FL 32606.

Visit Life Unplastic

7. Zero Waste Jax Grocery (Jacksonville, FL)

Zero Waste Jax Grocery hasn't opened yet, but we sure are excited about it! Other than household products and package-free dry goods, they are planning to offer local seasonal produce from local farmers.

Right now, you can support them by donation or sharing their crowdfunding campaign.

Visit Zero Waste Jax Grocery

8. LÜFKA Refillables Zero Waste Store (Tampa, FL)

LÜFKA prides itself in being Tampa's first zero waste store, and it specializes on eco-friendly, DIY personal care products and cleaning supplies. Did we mention they have their own sustainable brand of handmade cosmetics, too?

They have everything from toothpaste and soap to body butters and lotions, all at affordable prices.

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We believe in love, gratitude and doing the right thing. We share with you what we like to use and make everyday necessities extra special, just like you! We do what we do because hot bubble baths, clean people, lovely smells, smiles on faces and a little less plastic in the world makes us so very happy. A long road trip allowed the simple thought to turn into a vision of a place where you could get just what you need without anything that you don’t. How it works: Pick a bottle/jar or bring your own pre-cleaned one. Refills sold by the ounce. Unlabeled bottle and top-offs get weighed and marked prior to filling. Fill container 3/4 full. Choose up to 12 different fragrances and/or essential oils to scent per your taste. (Most liquids are scentable). Shake it up. Top it off. We’re looking forward to see you in our store. 4222 North Florida Avenue, Seminole Heights, 33603 Tampa

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What else? LÜFKA often hosts workshops and teaches to make DIY skincare products, candles, and fermented foods. As well, they organize meetings and talks on sustainability and conscious consumption.

Online shopping available: Yes.

Address: 4222 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33603


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About Kat Doe

Kat is a Content Strategist and Editor at NatureHub. Absolutely crazy about tofu and flower-infused drinks. Roots for veganism and vegetarianism, animal rights, humanism, and sustainability. ⠀