-Bulk Barns around the country now allow you to bring your own containers to fill up on their huge selection of bulk foods!
-Calgary: Visit Community Natural Foods to purchase bulk nuts and fruits. At the Calgary Food Co-op, you can find local organic produce, as well as stock up on olives at their olive bar. At Unwrapped Life, refill all sorts of things for your home and body - check out their full list of products at their website here.
-Cortes Island: Visit Cortes Co-op for bulk pantry staples like grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, snacks, and more.
-Nelson: At Kootenay Co-op, you can buy bulk grains, rice, beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, pasta, dried fruit, snacks, and baking supplies like flour, mixes, and sweeteners. You'll also find a large selection of bulk herbs, spices, and teas.
-Vancouver: Check out East End Food Co-op for local produce, lots of selections from local Canada makers, bulk whole bean coffee from Ethical Bean, and kombucha in returnable glass bottles. Look for bulk Ethical Bean coffee around town at the East End Food Co-op, Nesters SFU, Your Independent Grocer on Davies, Loblaws City Market on Arbutus, and Nesters in Squamish; their coffee is organic, fair trade, and delicious, and if you can't find it in bulk, their commitment to making their packaging better and better is real and laudable. At The Soap Dispensary, you can purchase bulk soaps and cleaners, such as castile soap and shampoo, as well as other body care products, like rosehip and jojoba oils in bulk. Keep an eye on the Zero Waste Market, which hosts zero waste pop-up shops and workshops around Vancouver. You can also visit Homestead Junction for zero waste home goods, long-lasting kitchen ware, workshops, and lots of unique bulk goods that are hard to find anywhere else (like soap and candle making supplies, beeswax, superfoods, and more). Finally, visit PAREdown's guide to bulk shopping in Vancouver for the detailed lowdown on where to buy bulk groceries, beer, cosmetics, and more.
-Vancouver Island: At Qualicum Beach, swing by Naked Naturals Whole Foods for bulk grains, beans, dried fruit, granola, baking supplies, nuts, seeds, nutritional yeast, chocolate, energy bars, bakery goods, salad bar, and unpackaged produce. In Courtenay, stop by Edible Island for unpackaged pantry staples (grains, beans, nuts, seeds, baking supplies, dried fruit, dates, granola, and snacks), as well as herbs, spices, teas, coffee, yeast, hemp seeds, parmesan cheese, candy, and more. In Coombs, you can visit Old Country Market for bulk honey, produce, beef and salmon jerky, pepperoni, and certain cheeses (ask the deli clerk for more info!).
-Vernon: Simply Delicious offers a large selection of bulk dry goods.
-Victoria: The Burlap Shoe in Victoria offers zero waste goods like beeswax wraps, metal straws, Brush with Bamboo toothbrushes, and more.
-Winnipeg: The Organic Planet Co-op has a great bulk section with grains, pasta, proteins, baking supplies, herbs, spices, tea, coffee, and more. They have the only glass bottle milk option in the city; the bottles from there can be returned for a refund. They also are the only local stockist of Brush with Bamboo's compostable toothbrushes. At Generation Green, you can find package-free bar soap, bulk liquid soap and laundry detergent, lotion, and other zero waste essentials. Le Croissant bakery on Tache Avenue and Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company are wonderful local bakers who will pop bread straight into your reusable bread bags. In the summer, visit Jardins St-Leon for local produce, bulk local peanuts, and reusable produce bags for sale; in other seasons, the year-round farmers' market at St. Norbert has a huge selection of local produce, and also some baked goods and meat that you can purchase package-free. (Shoutout to lovely reader Julia for these awesome tips!).
-Fredericton: At Aura Whole Foods, you can bring your own containers for bulk dry goods like grains, beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, granola, dried fruit, chocolate chips, herbs, spices, and teas, not to mention organic local produce. They also have a home and body care section where you can purchase helpful zero waste tools like bulk castile soap for your body and home, Weleda toothpaste in a recyclable metal tube, unpackaged beeswax candles, and a menstrual cup.
-St. John's: Know of a place to buy bulk, zero waste food or home goods in St. John's? Email me the details and I'll add it to the list!
-Halifax: Consider joining The Grainery Food Co-op for access to their bulk, refillable foods, like dry pantry staples, cooking oils, and more.
-Almonte: At Dandelion Foods, you can buy bulk pantry staples such as grains, beans and legumes, nuts, seeds, baking supplies, herbs, spices, teas, and more.
-Guelph: At Goodness Me! Natural Food Market, you're encouraged to bring your own containers for their bulk selection of grains, beans, lentils, baking supplies, nuts, dried fruit, snacks, candy, and more.
-Hamilton: Visit Mustard Seed Co-op for a small selection of bulk basics, like granola or trail mix. They also offer amazing workshops, if you're interested in learning how to make your own kombucha, ferment at home, and more.
-Ottawa: NuGrocery is a zero waste grocery store in Ottawa, where almost everything is package-free. Dreamy! You can find a full list of their products here.
-Toronto: At The Big Carrot, you can buy bulk grains, flours, beans, legumes, peas, nuts, seeds, trail mix, dried fruit, granola, snacks, candy, and even harder-to-find things like carob, chia seeds, hemp seeds, yeast, salt, and more. (Plus, they'll give you 25 cents every time you bring your own container for a purchase of $2.00 or more!). Stop by Urban Bulk Emporium to shop their selection of over 300 bulk items, which you can carry away in your own containers - things like bulk pantry staples, oils, herbs, and spices. Visit Strictly Bulk for, well, package-free baking supplies, nuts, seeds, snacks, herbs and spices, coffee, tea - pretty much any dry good you need. At Karma Co-op, you can find bulk grains, beans, nuts, seeds, baking supplies, snacks, nut butters, olive oil, liquid soap, and more. And, wander around Chinatown looking for bulk goods and ask vendors if you can take things home in your own containers.
-Montreal: Love these suggestions for where to purchase bulk, organic foods in Montreal. In particular be sure to visit the bulk ("en vrac") section of Bio-Terre for bulk dry goods like beans and legumes, as well as that of Le Frigo Vert, for a further selection of bulk dry goods like grains, baking supplies, and snacks. In addition, Healthtree offers dry pantry staples as well as liquid bulk goods for filling up on; you can also buy package-free bar soap here.
-Quebec City: There's a new zero waste store opening here - keep an eye on their site, here!
-Saskatoon: Steep Hill Food Co-op sells bulk grains, flours, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, snacks, and more.