Where to shop for bulk, package-free, zero waste foods in Illinois: a state-by-state grocery store guide | Litterless


-Common Ground: Purchase bulk grains, beans, nuts, seeds, granola, snacks, dried fruit, seed sprouting supplies, tea, herbs, spices, Dr. Bronner's castile soap, lotion, and more.


-The Co-op: A really great bulk section featuring grains, beans, legumes, flour, sugar, nuts, seeds, candy, snacks, teas, spices, herbs, cooking oils, and liquid sweeteners.


-Common Ground: In the bulk aisle here, you can buy grains, beans, baking supplies, spices, and other pantry staples.

Chicago area

-Zero Waste Chicago: The environmental organization I run has a full list of where to shop zero waste in Chicago, from pencils to beeswax to food!


-Dierbergs: A range of many of the same dry items, but they also have coffee beans. Both stores allow you to bring your own containers!
-Green Earth Grocery: Dry items such as salt, Himalayan salt, teas, grains, granola, oats, beans, dried fruits, trail mixes, and more.


-Hy-Vee: Lots of grains, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, snacks, chocolate, freshly ground nut butter granola, herbs, spices, coffee, and loose leave tea.
-Naturally Yours: A large selection of bulk dry goods like grains, beans, nuts, snacks, and more, as well as tons of medicinal and culinary herbs and bulk homemade soap. They specifically welcome customers to bring their reusable containers from home.

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