Bulk Grocery Stores in California

Updated 5/15/19

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

Bay Area:

North Coast Coop San Francisco

Rainbow Coop San Francisco

Zanotto’s Market and Deli San Jose

Santa Cruz:

Staff of Like Market

True Olive Connection

Northern California:

Davis Food Coop/ Davis

Oaktown Spice Shop/ Oakland

Draeger’sMenlo 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 / North Lake Tahoe

Refill Madness Sacramento

Southern California:

Rainbow Acres Los Angeles

BYO Long Beach Long Beach

Ocean Beach People’s Food Ocean Beach

Coopportunity Market and Deli Santa Monica / Culver City

Sustain LA Los Angeles

Refillery Los Angeles

Zero Waste Stores

The Source Zero San Jose *NEW*

Fillgood.co Albany, CA (Also delivers to Bay Area)