Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Toronto

We want to make your eco-journey as easy as easy as possible here on The Eco Hub. In order to do that, you need to have the right tools and when it comes to going zero waste, we don’t want you to be like Sherlock, we’ve done all the work for you, so, Here is our first Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Toronto. 

Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Toronto

FOOD:

Bulk Barnas of February 2017, Bulk Barn allows customers to bring their own reusable containers rather than using the plastic bags provided in store

 2 Carlton St., Toronto, ON M5B 1J3

120 Front St. E., Toronto, ON M5A 4L9

393 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 1K1

503 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M5S 1Y2

171 East Liberty St., Toronto, ON M6K 3P6

213 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

91 Laird Dr., Toronto, ON M4G 3T7

30 Weston Rd., Toronto, ON M6N 0A7

2290 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M6S 1N9

3003 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1M9

1880 Eglinton Ave. E., Toronto, ON M1L 2L1

The Big Carrot Community Market – a worker-owned market carrying lots of local produce; they will take 25¢ off your bill if you bring your own reusable container when purchasing bulk items 

 348 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4K 1N8

Karma Co-Op – a co-operative food store that diverts some of their organic waste to local farmers to use as animal feed and tries to limit their use of packaging

739 Palmerston Ave., Toronto, ON M6G 2R3

Coffeecologycoffee delivered by bike in re-usable glass jars directly to your door; when you are finished with the jar you can leave it outside your home and a delivery person will come pick it up

Kupfert & Kim – a trendy restaurant with several downtown locations; all their takeout packaging is compostable but they also offer 35¢ off your bill if you bring your own food container to use instead

 140 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON M5V 2L4

100 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5X 1A9

181 Bay St., Toronto, ON M5J 2V1

20 Bay St., Toronto, ON M6J 2N8

200 Wellington St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 3C7

150 King St. W., Toronto, ON M5H 3T9

 MaizalMexican restaurant located in Liberty Village; Ivan Wadgymar, one of the co-owners, makes a weekly trip to the Calveiro farm in Schoberg where food waste from the restaurant is either composted or used as animal feed. 

133 Jefferson Ave., Toronto, ON M6K 3E4

Essence Of Life Natural Food Market –  providing accessibility and affordability of organic food to members of the community.

50 Kensington Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2G1

Organic Garage – A Canadian Organic and All Natural grocery store with the best quality products at Everyday Affordable Prices. Produce, Grocery, Meat, Bulk, Vitamins.

Click here for a list of locations!

Whole Foods – gives you 10¢ off for every bag you reuse for each transaction, you can keep the discount or donate it back to charity. Click here for a list of locations.

 

 

CLOTHING: 

Value Villagea popular secondhand retailer with locations in every province; they have pretty frequent sales throughout the year as well as a free “Super Savers Club” membership that entitles you to 20% off on your birthday

924 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON M4M 1J5

319 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON M6H 1P3

2119 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1J9

C1-605 Rogers Rd., Toronto, ON M6M 1B9

1525 Victoria Park Ave., Toronto, ON M1L 2T3

1020 Islington Ave., Toronto, ON M8Z 6A4

1030 Wilson Ave., Toronto, ON M3K 1G6

Black Market Clothingtrendy thrift store with a barbershop in the back

256 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 1Z8

Kensington Marketfilled with incredible secondhand clothing stores as well as hip cafés and restaurants; it’s possible to spend an entire day walking around the market and still discover new things the next time you visit.

L’Elegante Boutique – the secondhand designer finds you’ll find in this Yorkville store are not cheap but they are fabulous

132 Cumberland St., Toronto, ON M5R 1A6

 

BEAUTY/HEALTH:

Eco and Amour: The first green beauty + refill store dedicated to amazing indie beauty brands.

Saponetticustomers can choose to either pick up a refill of their favourite liquid soaps, shower gels, hair products, etc. in person at their depot on Brock Ave. or to have a glass bottle delivered directly to them that Saponetti will later collect and re-use

615c Brock Ave., Toronto, ON M6H 3P1

Lushcult cosmetic company with locations all over Canada; their “5 Pot Program” allows you to return five of their post-consumer recycled plastic containers in store in exchange for a free face mask

220 Yonge St., Toronto, ON M5B 2H1

312 Queen St. W., Toronto, ON M5V 2A2

3401 Dufferin St. Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

1800 Sheppard Ave. Toronto, ON M2J 5A7

Green and Frugal –  fill up on DIY body care ingredients, essential oils and their own naturally made body and skin care items and they also sell zero packing shampoo bars.

2432 Kingston Rd, Toronto, Ontario M1N 1V3

BareMarket – a pop-up zero waste market; (check their website or follow them on Instagram and Facebook for locations)

 

HOUSEHOLD GOODS:

Logan and Finely A general store in the west end of Toronto that carries a wide variety of home goods, clothing and zero waste supplies.

670 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6J 1E5

Ava’s Appletree – home goods store with a nice selection of re-usable cloth diapers, napkins and “UnPaper” towels as well as stainless steel lunch boxes and re-usable metal straws

870 Kingston Rd., Toronto, ON M4E1S3

Comfy Cottoncloth diaper delivery service; your soiled diapers are picked up by a Comfy Cotton delivery person and replaced with freshly-cleaned diapers 

The Sharing Depota $50/year membership allows you to borrow from their collection of party supplies, board games, toys as well as camping and sports equipment 

 1803 Danforth Ave., Toronto, ON M4C 1J2

830 St. Clair W., Toronto, ON M6C 1C1

Also, take a look at Eco Existence, you’re go-to store for eco-friendly, locally made, & sustainable living products including housewares, beauty, baby & kids products, gifts and more!

Editor’s Note: Have we left anything out of our Zero Waste Shopping Guide: Toronto? Please let us know, share in the comments and lets build this list together!

 

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Ariel Wyse

Ariel Wyse is a freelance writer who lives and works in Southern Ontario. She is passionate about feminism, sustainability and labour rights. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from The University of Toronto.

8 Comments
  1. Bare Market doesn’t yet carry food (but aims to once they have a permanent location). They do, however, have an incredibly large assortment of body care and home care items – from shampoo, hairspray, and deodorant to laundry detergent, all purpose spray, air freshener and a whole bunch of lifestyle items to help you reduce waste (i.e. reusable pads, stainless steel containers, bamboo toothbrushes, swaps for q-tips, and the list goes on and on)!

  2. Thank you for adding Green & Frugal this Guide! I just wanted to mention that we also carry supplies to help people go plastic-free such as: beeswax wraps, stainless steel straws, bulk bags, dryer balls, bamboo toothbrushes and safety razors. We are expanding this section over the next month as orders come in. Love your site!

  3. Don’t forget Urban Bulk Emporium in Leslieville. They have a refill station for all of your household needs, including soaps, shampoos, all-purpose cleaners, and oil. It’s a wonderful shop!

  4. Also, Kim’s natural food store has a LARGE bulk section where you can bring your own bags (On Roncesvalles). There are several stores like that on the street as well that have large bulk sections.

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