-Carbondale: At The Co-op, you'll find a really great bulk section featuring grains, beans, legumes, flour, sugar, nuts, seeds, candy, snacks, teas, spices, herbs, cooking oils, and liquid sweeteners.
-Champagne-Urbana: Check out the bulk aisle at Common Ground, where you can buy grains, beans, baking supplies, spices, and other pantry staples.
-Chicago area: Visit Dill Pickle Co-Op for local produce, a small but comprehensive selection of dry bulk goods, bulk olive oil, canola oil, and maple syrup, kombucha on tap, a great selection of bulk chocolates and sweets, tea, coffee, spices, and even bulk dry dog and cat food. Also in Lincoln Park, Local Foods grocery sells on-tap kombucha, bulk flour, and bulk sugar (and also tons of amazing local produce, even in winter!). You can visit Plenty in Wicker Park to fill your own swingtop bottle with the delicious, locally made kombucha that they sell on tap. On Elston near Damen Avenue, visit Fresh Thyme to see if they'll let you use your own containers in their bulk foods section. In Rogers Park, Heartland Cafe's small grocery store has bulk grains, lentils, beans, popcorn, nuts, and kombucha on tap, and they welcome containers brought from home. The newly opened Sugar Beet Co-op in Oak Park also has a huge bulk section, featuring bulk dry goods, kombucha on tap, liquid sweeteners (agave, honey, and maple syrup), soy sauce, oils (olive, canola, and sunflower), peanut butter, and of course coffee and tea. In Mt. Prospect you can visit Fresh Thyme, where you can bring your own jars (even for behind-the-counter staples such as meat, cheese, and deli products!). Look for locally made El Milagro corn tortillas (they're SO delicious) packaged in paper at Target and other stores. And, Whole Foods stores throughout the city sell unpackaged bar soap. The Whole Foods in Edgewater also sells bulk shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax pellets. At Halsted Flowers in Lincoln Park, you can find Kishu charcoal water filtration sticks. As far as body care goes, you can purchase reusable razors and blades, unpackaged soap, toothpaste in recyclable packaging, WooBamboo bamboo toothbrushes, Radius compostable dental floss, and deodorant in glass jars at Merz Apothecary. If you need pencils or loose paper, visit Blick art supply stores. And, for secondhand art supplies visit The WasteShed in Humboldt Park.
-Edwardsville: Green Earth Grocery in offers bulk in many dry items such as salt, Himalayan salt, teas, grains, granola, oats, beans, dried fruits, trail mixes, and more. Dierbergs offers a range of many of the same dry items, but they also have coffee beans. Both stores allow you to bring your own containers!
-Peoria: Stop by the Hy-Vee for lots of grains, legumes, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, snacks, chocolate, freshly ground nut butter granola, herbs, spices, coffee, and loose leave tea. At Naturally Yours, you can purchase 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.
-Bloomington: Bloomingfoods is such a sweet name for Bloomington's co-op, don't you think? Stock up on regional produce, a huge selection of bulk dry goods, and bulk liquids like honey and cooking oil here.
-Chesterton: At Molly Bea's Ingredients, the staff welcomes containers brought from home. Fill up on flour, sugar, nuts, chocolates, candies, tea, coffee, spices, and more.
-Goshen: At the Soapy Gnome, you can buy locally-made, package-free soaps and shampoo bars.
-Greenwood: You can visit Nature's Pharm to fill up a growler with kombucha on tap.
-Indianapolis: Good Earth Natural Foods in Broad Ripple has been around for over 40 years. Here you can find a great selection of bulk dry goods - beans, grains, dry mixes, nuts, snacks, flours, sugars, spices, herbs, teas, and more - and the friendly staff doesn't mind when you bring your own containers to fill. Up your sustainability factor by getting there by bike or on foot using the nearby Monon Trail. At the Fresh Thyme grocery store on 82nd Street east of Keystone, you can bring your own containers to fill up on dry goods (snacks, grains) as well as bulk liquids - oils, agave, honey, and more. At The Fresh Market in South Broad Ripple, you can use your own bulk bags in their bulk section, which has tons of snack foods like nuts, dried fruit, nut butters, candy, chocolate, pretzels, and trail mix. Georgetown Market on the west side offers a bulk section with beans, grains, nuts, dried fruit, snacks, and more. At Pogue's Run Grocer on the near east side, you can purchase bulk dry goods as well. Visit Nature's Pharm in Castleton to fill up a growler with kombucha on tap. At HopCat, Metazoa, or the Upland Tasting Room, they'll fill a glass growler with beer on tap.
-Northwest Indiana: 3 Rivers Co-op in Fort Wayne sells bulk cooking oil, herbs, spices, candy, flour, whole grains, rice, beans, nuts, seeds, loose teas, honey, and filtered water. At Maple City Market in Goshen, they love it when you bring containers from home to stock up on some of the many items on offer, including grains, beans, tea and coffee, nuts and nut butters, honey and other sweeteners, and olive and canola oil. Also in Goshen, you can stop by The Soapy Gnome for locally made, package-free soaps, including shampoo bars.
-South Bend: The Purple Porch Co-op sells a huge variety of package-free foods for you to decant into your own containers, including grains and flours, beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, coffee, granola, trail mix, nutritional yeast, snacks and sweets, cereal, nut butter, and cooking oils.
-Ames: The Wheatsfield Co-op sells nuts, grains, pastas, cereal, granola, beans, seeds, nut butter, spices, herbs, tea, coffee, and bulk liquids including maple syrup, local honey, different varieties of cooking oil, soaps, shampoo and laundry detergent. You can find their full list of bulk items here.
-Cedar Rapids: The New Pioneer Co-op in Cedar Rapids has a lovely bulk foods section featuring grains, seeds, nuts, pasta, granola, soup and salad mixes, baking ingredients, snacks, herbs, spices, tea, and coffee.
-Decorah: Stop by Oneato Community Food Cooperative with your own containers in tow to buy bulk dry goods (baking supplies, grains, pasta, beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, snacks, sweets, herbs, spices, nuts, coffee, and tea), as well as cooking oils, liquid sweeteners like maple syrup and honey, dish soap, and laundry soap.
-Iowa City: The New Pioneer Co-op in Iowa City has a great bulk section where you can find grains, seeds, nuts, pasta, granola, soup and salad mixes, baking ingredients, snacks, herbs, spices, tea, and coffee. They even source some of their dry goods locally!
-Ann Arbor: People's Food Co-op in downtown Ann Arbor sells nut butter, honey, and dry goods (such as grains, beans, nuts, tea and spices, and even candy) in bulk. By the Pound offers a large selection dried goods and liquids (like olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, vanilla extract, local honey, and molasses), and they encourage people to bring their own containers. At HopCat, they'll fill your growler brought from home with beer on tap.
-Boyne City: See Petosky, below!
-Hancock: Bring your containers to the Keweenaw Co-op to take advantage of their dry and liquid bulk products, including grains, beans, legumes, baking supplies, nuts, seeds, pasta, dried fruit, granola, snacks, sweets, herbs and spices, nut butters, cooking oils, and also soap, shampoo, and other body and home care products.
-Kalamazoo: At the People's Food Co-op in Kalamazoo, you can fill up on whole grains, flour, sugar, beans, pasta, nut butters, dried fruit, nuts, and coffee, as well as bulk liquids including olive oil, soy sauce, local honey, molasses, and locally produced maple syrup. Sawall Health Foods has a great bulk selection, including whole grains, flours, beans, legumes, nuts, granola, trail mix, dried fruit, coffee, tea, herbs, and a huge spice section (and they offer a 10% student discount!).
-Lansing: The East Lansing Food Co-op encourages shoppers to bring their own containers; fill up on dry goods at their bulk section, like grains, beans, nuts, seeds, snacks, baking supplies, and more.
-Marquette: You can purchase nuts, seeds, flour, whole grains, trail mix, granola, beans, dried fruits, cooking oils, vinegar, herbs, teas, spices, nut butters and soap, lotion, and hair care products from the bulk section of the Marquette Food Co-op. They also offer a gluten-free bulk section.
-Petosky / Boyne City: The Grain Train sells bulk spices, nuts, dried fruit, beans and coffee, and sometimes they have bulk honey and oils as well.
-Traverse City: Oryana Natural Foods Market sells bulk grains, dried fruits, nuts, seeds, cereal, granola, beans, rice, freshy ground peanut and almond butter, cooking oil, liquid sweeteners, and more.
-Bemidji: Harmony Co-op stocks grains, flours (including a certified gluten-free section), beans, nuts, dried fruits, spices, coffee, snacks and sweets, liquids, and freshly ground peanut butter.
-Burnsville: The wonderful Valley Natural Foods has a bulk department that sells rice, grains, flours, pasta, and snacks as well as liquid sweeteners, cooking oils, and even liquid soap.
-Grand Marais: Cook County Co-op lists one of the steps of shopping in bulk as "High Five with another bulk shopper – because you guys are THAT cool." Love 'em. Bring your own containers here to shop for dry pantry staples such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts, herbs, and spices.
-Hastings: Spiral Natural Foods offers dry bulk goods such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, baking supplies, herbs, spices, and teas.
-Minneapolis: Lucky you - Minneapolis has so many wonderful co-op groceries! Seward Community Co-op is a great resource where you can fill containers brought from home with pantry staples, fair trade coffee, loose leaf tea, dried fruit, soap (liquid soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, and dishwasher detergent!), liquid sweetener (agave, molasses, honey), soy sauce, and several different types of cooking oils. You can take a look at their full list of bulk products here. At the Eastside Food Co-op, you can bring your own container to purchase bulk flours, nuts, granolas, snacks, grains, beans, pastas, and coffee. Wedge Community Co-op sells bulk dry goods, herbs, teas, coffee, maple syrup, and honey. Linden Hills Co-op has one of the biggest selections around, featuring dry goods, tea, coffee, cooking oils, syrup, honey, nutritional supplements, and home and personal cleaning products.
-Minnetonka: At Lakewinds Food Co-op, stock up on bulk herbs and spices, grains, beans, flour, pasta, granola, nuts, sweeteners, bran, flax, and yeast, as well as liquid bulk items such as oils, syrup, honey and vinegar. Visit one of their three locations in the Minnetonka area.
-Morris: Visit Pomme de Terre Foods for a small but mighty bulk foods section featuring grains, baking staples such as flour and sugar, nuts, and spices.
-Northfield: Just Food Co-op has got you covered with their bulk coffee, spices, teas, beans, grains, snacks, seeds, nuts, mixes, flours, and sugars.
-Rochester: At People's Food Co-op in Rochester, 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.
-Shoreview: At Fresh and Natural Foods, pick up bulk dry goods like grains, beans, flours, nuts, trail mix, snacks, and more.
-Stillwater: At River Market Community Co-op, you can find rice, flours, nuts, teas, coffee, peanut butter, beans, grains, spices, herbs, popcorn, dry soup mixes and more!
-St. Joseph: Stop by Minnesota Street Market for pantry staples such as grains, beans, and baking supplies--even locally milled flours!
-St. Peter: The St. Peter Food Co-op encourages customers to bring their own containers, and sells tea, grains, baking supplies, pasta, chocolate, and more.
-St. Paul: At Mississippi Market's three locations, find grains, rice, beans, pasta, nuts, coffee, tea, spices, granola, dried fruits, candy, and even liquid bulk items like maple syrup, honey, cooking oil, soaps, shampoos and laundry detergent. At their West Seventh location, you can also find fresh bulk peanut and nut butter.
-Virginia: At Natural Harvest Food Co-op in Virginia, Minnesota, order whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, dried fruits, trail mix, granola, herbs, spices, vanilla extract, coffee, tea, freshly ground nut butters, and more.
-Kansas City: Nature's Own Health Food features bulk grains, beans, legumes, lentils, snacks, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, and more! And, visit Zero Waste Nerd for tools for a low-impact life (think compostable dish brushes, a market of gorgeous secondhand goods, and other durable, sustainable home objects).
-Lincoln: Visit Open Harvest Co-op to pick up local, organic produce in your own bags from home. Ask if you can use your own containers when purchasing from their deli, bakery, and seafood counter.
-Grand Forks: Amazing Grains has a large selection, including beans, rice, grains, dried fruit, snacks, sweets, coffee, tea, nuts, dates, protein and nutritional powders, canola and olive oil, peanut butter, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and even bulk liquid home cleaning products such as castile soap and laundry and dishwasher powder and detergent. See their full list here.
-Kent: At the Kent Natural Foods Co-op, you can purchase bulk nuts, seeds, flour, oats, sugar, herbs, and spices.
-Toledo: The Phoenix Earth Food Co-op sells bulk herbs, spices, tea, coffee, dried foods and pantry essentials, candy, snacks, protein powder, apple cider vinegar, local honey, maple syrup, olive oil, and tamari.
-Rapid City: Breadroot Natural Foods Cooperative features bulk herbs, spices, and teas for purchase.
-Sioux Falls: At Coop Natural Foods, find a plethora of dry goods such as whole grains, legumes and beans, nuts and seeds, flour, baking supplies, and more.
-Appleton: At Just Act Natural, you can refill your bottles with nontoxic cleaning supplies, such as Dr. Bronner's soap and Charlie's soap laundry powder.
-Cumberland: At the 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.
+Janesville: Visit Our Natural Foods to find package-free herbs, spices, grains, nuts, seeds, granola, trail mix, snacks, flour, rice, sweeteners, and beans.
-La Crosse: At 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.
-Madison: I could sing Willy Street Co-op's praises all day. 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, 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. 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. You can also visit the Regent Street Co-op for bulk dry goods, like grains, beans, snacks, nuts, herbs, spices, teas, and more. At HopCat downtown, bring a growler from home to fill up with beer on tap. At the Community Pharmacy downtown, you 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. Visit Vom Fass for bulk oils (many different types of olive oil, as well as pumpkin seed oil, walnut oil, grapeseed oil, canola oil, sesame oil, argan oil, and rosehip oil) 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.
-Milwaukee: The River West Co-op features bulk dried goods (such as beans, grains, nuts, cereals, and spices). You can stop by the Outpost Natural Foods for a similar selection of dried bulk food (they also have a location in Wauwatosa).
-Oshkosh: There is a new food co-op in development; if you live here, consider joining and sharing your voice about why a good bulk selection matters to you!
-Stoughton: 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.
-Viroqua: At the Viroqua Food Co-op, you can purchase dry pantry staples (grains, nuts, beans, tea, spices, etc.!) as well as bulk liquids such as cooking oils.
-Waukesha: At Good Harvest Market, you'll find bulk grains, beans, rice, flour, snacks, granola, dried fruit, and more.
-Statewide: Festival Foods and Whole Foods groceries throughout the state both tend to have decent bulk departments, with the basics like grains, beans, legumes, nuts, trail mix, granola, and snacks. Visit your local outpost to find out if they'll let you bring your own container.