One of the questions we frequently get asked is, “Where can I buy zero waste products?”. After years of fielding this question, we’ve finally curated this list of Australian online zero waste shops and e-commerce marketplaces to help readers shop more efficiently. These online stores are devoted to plastic-free, zero-waste and sustainable living. Here they are in no particular order:
A pioneer in the industry, sustainable lifestyle online shop Biome launched in 2003, long before it became cool to be green. For 15 years, it has devoted itself to stocking the widest range of green living products that help people live more sustainably from eco-friendly kitchen products to books on zero waste living. It sells products in a broad range of categories: plastic-free, zero waste, body and beauty, baby and kids, water bottles, home and outdoor and many more. The business also has four physical retail stores across Queensland making sustainable items accessible to consumers. It purchases GreenPower to power its shops.
The business has an enviable business history and counts many accomplishments, from becoming Australia’s first retailer to achieve Certified B Corporation to being Australia’s first and only 100% palm oil free store and cruelty-free retail store. It has also been featured in many reputable publications from green magazines such as Peppermint Mag to mainstream media publications such as The Daily Telegraph and Australian Financial Review.
Shipping: Free shipping across Australia on orders over $75. International shipping available for a flat fee. The business offsets the environmental impact of shipping by donating to Greening Australia’s Reef Aid program.
Where to buy: biome.com.au
This 100% Australian owned and operated online shop is “vegan, ethical and cruelty-free”. Flora & Fauna launched its online store in November 2014 with 30 brands and nearly 500 products and has grown tremendously since then, stocking over 4,500 eco-lifestyle and zero waste products in categories such as vegan makeup, fact, body, baby and kids, health, home and style.
The online e-tailer is also B-Corp certified, uses plastic-free packaging and everything it sells, it claims, is recyclable. This husband and wife run business with headquarters an hour north of Sydney, has also won some awards for being at the forefront of retail business, including “Small & Succeeding Business for NSW” at the prestigious Telstra Business Awards.
Flora & Fauna have also partnered with innovative recycling company TerraCycle to help customers recycle items such as beauty bottles, tubes, cosmetics containers and other beauty items. In exchange for returning hard-to-recycle products, Flora & Fauna will give you AU $10.00 of F&F credit as a thank you for doing the right thing and helping out the planet. We also love that the business supports ocean conservation group Sea Shephard by stocking its branded products; it’s one of our favourite environmental charities!
Flora & Fauna stocks many popular green brands such as Dr. Bronner’s, Sukin and Cheeki. The business also offers Afterpay should you need it.
Shipping: Free shipping on Australian orders over $50. Worldwide shipping available from $10 depending on international location.
Where to buy: floraandfauna.com.au.
The newest Australian sustainable lifestyle online shop on the block is The Clean Collective; its website is as stylish as many of the green products it stocks. It sells a broad range of eco-friendly home, lifestyle and zero waste items in the following categories: body, pregnancy, baby and cleaning. The business sells bulk items which make the perfect eco gifts for family and loved ones that are looking to start their sustainable lifestyle journeys.
The business focusses on offering customers a “toxin-free, waste-less shop and community” and is run by founders Georgia Lawson aka The Mindful Mum and “The Eco Geek” Charlie Thompson who carefully selects the brands based on high ethical and environmental standards as well as clean ingredients. The business also offers customers the chance to donate $1 to their environmental charity partner Take 3 For The Sea.
Shipping: Free shipping on Australian orders over $50. For orders less than this amount, there is a delivery flat fee of $9. International shipping is available and can be calculated at checkout.
Where to buy: thecleancollective.com.
The Clean Collective was born of a desire to not only help other people be well, but to create an organisation that empowers people to influence more sustainable practices for a cleaner and greener future.” – Charlie Thompson, cofounder The Clean Collective.
Another Australian sustainable lifestyle pioneering business, ONYA launched in 2004 when founder Jon Brousson had an epiphany whilst lying on his hammock looking up at the stars wondering why single-use plastic had come to dominate people’s lives. So he launched ONYA and the rest, as they say, is history; its products are now found in many organic, health foods and eco-focussed retail stores, including some of the ones featured in this post!
This Australian owned and operated online shop produces and sells a wide range of affordable zero waste lifestyle products online, such as reusable produce bags, reusable bulk food bags, reusable shopping bags, reusable bread bags and more. Its products are durable, made from materials that are 100% recyclable such as stainless steel, or made of recycled materials such as recycled plastic.
The online retailer is also B-Corp certified and is committed to sustainable practices, evident in its recyclable and compostable packaging. ONYA has also partnered with innovative recycling company TerraCycle to help customers recycle products.
Shipping: Free shipping on Australian orders over $130. Worldwide shipping available at extra cost which can be calculated at checkout.
Where to buy: onyalife.com
Disclosure: The curated list does not fully take into account all the ethical considerations that are unique to each individual. Before making a purchase, we encourage you to do your own research paying particular attention to the product supply chain and your own particular set of ethics. This list also includes affiliate links. Click here to read more about our policies.
Title image credit: The Clean Collective.