California Bulk Food Stores and Refill Stations

Updated July 28, 2020

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Bulk food stores, or even bulk aisles, are amazing ways to save money and eliminate unnecessary packaging. The key to this is to bring your own reusable tote bags. If the weight of your bag is significant enough to effect the price, make sure to write the weight of the bag ON your bag, so the cashier can quickly and easily tare the weight off of the final price.

This is KEY to reducing waste. Simply buying bulk food to use one of the store’s thin plastic bags is not zero waste, and it is not sustainable. At that rate, it’s better to buy something packaged in compostable cardboard.

Some stores may offer compostable or biodegradable bags to use. To this I say, please only use them in an emergency, and only if your community is actually able to compost those materials, unless they can be composted in home composters– but in my experience, I have never found a ‘compostable’ plastic bag that I could compost in my backyard.

If you have had some trouble finding a bulk store in your area, even if you’re outside California, reach out to me. I might be able to locate one for you.

Here is a list I’ve compiled of stores around California that offer a variety of food in bulk:

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Throughout California:

Whole Foods Markets

Sprouts Market

New Leaf Markets

WinCo

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Bay Area:

*New* The Food Mill, Oakland – bulk and refill options

The Fillerup Shop, Morgan Hill – carries bulk refill household cleaners and body care products as well as reuse wares such as straws, cutlery, produce bags and more

Sigona’s Farmers Market – Redwood City and Palo Alto – small bulk foods, loose produce.

Suju’s Coffee, Fremont – HUGE bulk/loose tea section.

Mudlab, Oakland – zero waste grocery supplies

Mandela Grocery Co-op – West Oakland

Oaktown Spice Shop, Oakland

House Kombucha Taproom cafe/taproom – Berkeley

Olive This, Olive That – San Francisco (Return your bottle clean and dry and they will refill it for you and are very and give you $2 off each bottle!)

North Coast Coop San Francisco

Rainbow Coop San Francisco

Zanotto’s Market and Deli San Jose

The Source Zero San Jose, CA. *Zero Waste Supply Store*

Down To Earth Discount Nutrition (bulk herb section) San Jose

Smart & Final Extra! San Jose

Byrd’s Filling Station, San Mateo refillery and zero waste delivery service

Fillgood.co Albany CA; refill store and refill/delivery service

New Seasons Market – (bulk grains) – Evergreen

Country Sun Natural Foods Palo Alto

Steepers (bulk tea) Campbell

 

Santa Cruz:

The Zero Shop (rebranding to Ethos)

Staff of Life Market

True Olive Connection –  Fresh, Artisan, Cold-Extracted Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Northern California:

Soap, Nevada City

Davis Food Coop, Davis

Draeger’s Menlo Park, San Mateo, Blackhawk, Los Altos

Sacramento Food Coop Sacramento

The Silo Pantry Various locations in NorCal

North Coast Coop Eureka, Ca

North Coast Coop Arcata, Ca

New Moon Natural Foods Truckee and Tahoe City, grocery

Grass Roots Natural Foods, South Lake Tahoe, grocery

Elevate-Wellness / Ohana Apothecary, South Lake Tahoe –Bulk herbs

Replenish Tahoe South Lake Tahoe, boutique refillery, package free personal care items

Refill Madness Sacramento

New Earth Market, Yuba City

Nature’s Kitchen, Yreka

 

Central California:

Sunshine Health Foods, Morro Bay

Bambu Batu, San Luis Obispo (Central Coast)

The Secret Garden, San Luis Obispo (Central Coast)

 

Southern California:

*NEW* The Library Store, West Fifth Street, Los Angeles – package-free and zero waste items 

Prostainable  –  Woodland Hills, Calabasas, Pacific Palisades, Hidden Hills Farmer’s Markets!

Wild Terra – Los Angeles – organic bulk herbs, teas, spices, oils, body care products, pantry staples, and more.

Reap & Sow – Oceanside –  bulk, refill, and Terracycle options!

Isla Vista Food Co-op – Santa Barbara – bulk snacks, dry goods, baking supplies, herbs & spices, tea, soap, lotion, shampoo, and conditioner.

The Refill Shoppe – Ventura

The Nada Shop, Encinitas (bulk store & refillery)

Eco Now CA, Costa Mesa (and 2 farmer’s markets)

Rainbow Acres Los Angeles

Sustain LA Los Angeles

Refillery Los Angeles

No Tox Life Los Angeles (near Atwater, Highland Park and Eagle Rock) *Zero Waste Supply Store*

BYO Long Beach, Long Beach

Long Beach Grocery Co-op, Long Beach

Ocean Beach People’s Food Ocean Beach

Coopportunity Market and Deli Santa Monica / Culver City

Organic Roots, Temecula

Mother’s Market, Anaheim Hills

Spice-Topia, Ventura

Cookbook Market, LA (loose produce, bulk options)

Restaurants:

Honey Hi bring your own takeaway containers

Todo Verde smoothie discounts for those who bring their own containers