Personal Care Products

Many personal care products out there are packaged in plastic of some kind. Ways to avoid this are to buy products in bulk, make your own, or support companies that package their products in recyclable or compostable materials like glass, metal and paper. You can also choose alternatives for disposable plastic items like razors or toothbrushes. Here is where we have spotted these items for sale locally in Chicago.

Where to Buy Locally

BAMBOO toothbrushes

-Merz ApothecaryWooBamboo (plastic wrapped)
-Green Panda bamboo toothbrushes at Dill Pickle Food Co-op and Whole Foods stores (plastic window on cardboard box isn't recyclable / compostable, sadly)

FLOSS

-Radius silk floss at Merz Apothecary, Green Grocer, and Whole Foods stores (minimal plastic, compostable silk floss)
-EcoDent floss at Whole Foods stores and Plum Market (minimal plastic, though not compostable)

MENSTRUAL CUPS & REUSABLE PADS

-Whole Foods stores
-REI
-Fresh Thyme
-Sugar Beet Food Co-op (menstrual cups only)

BULK LOTION

-Dill Pickle Food Co-op
-Sugar Beet Food Co-op

BULK SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

-Dill Pickle Food Co-op
-Sugar Beet Food Co-op

BULK LIQUID BODY & HAND SOAP

-Sugar Beet Food Co-op

BULK LIQUID CASTILE SOAP

-Dill Pickle Food Co-op

Unpackaged Bar Soap

-Merz Apothecary
-Whole Foods stores
-Real soaps (locally made, packaged in paper); found at West Elm and Union Handmade
-Plum Market
-Kramer Foods
-Dill Pickle Food Co-op
-Local Foods
-Mariano's
-Green Grocer

Safety RazorS, BRUSHES, & BladeS

-Merz Apothecary
-Whole Foods stores
-Eataly (shaving brush)

RECYCLABLE TOOTHPASTE

-Merz Apothecary: Uncle Harry's in glass jars & Weleda in ametal tube
-Whole Foods stores: Tom's of Maine (recyclable via Terracycle) and Weleda in a metal tube
-Plum Market: Tom's of Maine (recyclable via Terracycle) and Weleda in a metal tube

DEODORANT in glass jars

-Merz ApothecaryMeow Meow Tweet in a glass jar (baking soda free option) and O'Douds in compostable paper
-Whole Foods stores: Schmidt's and Primal Pit Paste in glass jars
-Plum MarketSchmidt's in a glass jar

Bamboo hair brush

-The Body Shop
 

Stores Near You

To find a store nearest you, zoom in on your neighborhood in the map below. Then, you can click on each dot to find out which store it is and what bulk, zero waste gear they might sell there. If you're looking for something more unusual or specific, we recommend using the list above first to help guide your search.