WHERE TO SHOP + COMPOST: FAQs + SUBMISSIONS.
Why isn't my city or town included in the guide?
These resources rely on the kindness of folks who are willing to write in and share their favorite spots. If there's nothing listed for your area, it's not that nothing exists or that your city doesn't warrant attention - it's that I don't have a specific knowledge of it, yet. I'm not, of course, omniscient. I live in Chicago and spend time in Indianapolis and Madison, too, and apart from those cities my knowledge of which zero waste resources are available can come only from Internet research and from readers here. When you do some exploring and find out more, please write me and I'll get your suggestions added.
Why aren't larger chain stores with bulk aisles like Whole Foods or Winco included?
My hope is that the Where to Shop guide tells you which stores welcome containers brought from home with open arms. Large chain stores with bulk aisles like Whole Food, Winco, and Kroger tend to have container policies that vary from store to store and even from manager to manager. For that reason, I don't include those, as I want to make sure the only stores listed are places that you can bring your own containers with confidence. So if there's nothing listed for your area, it's always worthwhile to check with your local chains to see what their tolerance for BYOC (bring your own containers) is.
How often are the guides updated?
I update them weekly to include the latest reader-submitted additions and edits.