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


-Fava Tea: Refill your own containers with bulk, loose-leaf teas.


-Chequamegon Food Co-op: Per a reader submission, this co-op has a large bulk section that includes grains, beans, baking supplies, nuts, seeds, pastas, soup mixes, snacks, and more. They give a small credit for bringing in your own containers.


-Island City Food Co-op: Find bulk pasta, cereals, rice, beans, grains, dried fruits, nuts, herbs and spices, molasses, vinegar, cooking oils, tamari, and honey in bulk.


-Our Natural Foods: Package-free herbs, spices, grains, nuts,  seeds, granola, trail mix, snacks, flour, rice, sweeteners, and beans.

La Crosse

-Full Circle Supply: This spot sells bulk beauty products like shampoo, lotion, dish soaps, laundry detergent, and much more. You can find their full list of offerings on their website here.
-People's Food Co-op: Choose from many different bulk items, from pantry staples (beans, grains, nuts, pasta, and more) to liquids (molasses, tahini, vanilla extract, olive oil, tamari, peanut butter, and more) to products that are harder to find, as seeds for sprouting and planting! You can peruse their full list of bulk products here.


-Community Pharmacy: You ccan can fill your own containers with tea, as well as body care and home care products like dish soap, laundry detergent, castile soap, liquid hand soap, body wash, shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner, from brands like E.O. Products, Alaffia, Alba, and Giovanni. You can also purchase Merkur razors, shaving brushes, package-free bars of soap, bulk henna, menstrual cups, and bottles and tins for homemade cosmetics.
-HopCat: Bring a growler from home to fill up with beer on tap.
-MadCat Pet Supplies: Find bulk cat litter and package-free cat and dog treats.
-Regent Street Co-op: Bulk dry goods, like grains, beans, snacks, nuts, herbs, spices, teas, and more.
-Trixie's Growlers To-Go-Go: Bring your own growler to fill up with their beers and cider.
-Vom Fass: Bulk oils (many different types of olive oil, as well as pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, sesame oil, argan oil, rosehip oil, and more) and vinegars (many different balsamics, as well as red wine vinegar, white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, and more). You'll need to purchase an empty bottle from them on your first visit, but after that the'll refill it on subsequent visits.
-Willy Street Co-op: Head here for local produce including bulk baby salad greens, bulk coffee and tea, a huge selection of herbs and spices, olive oil, vinegar (only available at the Middleton location), soy sauce, honey and maple syrup, vanilla extract, freshly ground nut butter, locally brewed kombucha on tap, loose eggs that you can purchase in your own reused carton, seeds for sprouting, an olive bar where you can purchase olives in your own containers, and an incredible selection of pantry staples such as snack foods, whole grains, and nuts. The East Side location also boasts olive oil, canola oil, and avocado oil from locally-owed Saffi Foods. In addition, Willy Street sells bulk cleaning and hygiene supplies such as dish soap, laundry detergent, lotion, shampoo, conditioner, and also reusable steel safety razors, if you're in the market for one. They also feature bulk ingredients for DIY products, like bentonite clay, beetroot powder, and more. They have a prepared foods bar and a salad bar that you can put directly into your own containers - great when you need a quick meal.
-Zero Waste Madison: If you’re in the Madison area, come join the Zero Waste Madison Facebook group to swap more tips and ask questions! Additionally, my friend Moji put together an interactive map of zero waste resources in Madison; you can browse it here


-Menomonie Market Food Co-op: Grains, beans, baking supplies and flours, nuts, seeds, snacks, chocolates, candies, honey, dish soap, and lots more.


-Fava Tea: Refill your own containers with bulk, loose-leaf teas.
-Fresh Thyme: Grains, beans, baking supplies, nuts, seeds, snacks, dried fruit, candies, teas, coffee, nut butters, honey, oils, and vinegars. Confirm with cashiers first that you can bring your own containers to fill.
-Outpost Natural Foods: A good, basic bulk dry goods section.
-River West Co-op: Bulk dry goods (such as beans, grains, nuts, cereals, and spices).

Stevens Point

-Stevens Point Area Co-op: Bulk grains, beans, pastas, nuts, seeds, snacks, dried fruits, herbs, spices, teas, coffee, nut butters, honey, syrup, and other bulk liquids.


-Yahara River Grocery Co-op: Encourages customers to bring their own containers for purchasing bulk grains, beans, baking supplies, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, coffee, tea, herbs, and spices.


-Full Circle Supply: This spot sells bulk beauty products like shampoo, lotion, dish soaps, laundry detergent, and much more. You can find their full list of offerings on their website here.
-Viroqua Food Co-op: Find dry pantry staples (grains, nuts, beans, tea, spices, etc.!) as well as bulk liquids such as cooking oils.


-Good Harvest Market: You'll find bulk grains, beans, rice, flour, snacks, granola, dried fruit, and more.

Wausau / Weston

-Downtown Grocery: Find bulk grains and other dry goods, as well as tea, herbs, and spices.
-Red Clover Market: Fill up on grains and other dry pantry staples, tea, herbs, spices, and package-free soaps.

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