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I’d love to see an Indianapolis that embraces the ideals of less waste more fully. Perhaps the easiest way to start the ball rolling is by getting individuals to make changes in their day-to-day lifestyle. It’s not an easy task, though, so I thought I’d offer a whole list of zero waste Indy resources to make the process a bit simpler.
This list includes tons of places in Indianapolis to stock up on zero waste items you might need around your house, as well as different organizations that align with the zero waste movement in some way.
Get involved and get excited about zero waste here in Indy – and please, add on your recommendations in the comments below to share your knowledge!
Zero waste Indy resources ahead:
- Good Earth Indy
- Fresh Thyme
- Market District
- Some Krogers
- Fresh Market
- Georgetown Natural Foods Market
- Artisano’s Oils & Spices
- Local farmers market (accepts SNAP!)
- Goose the Market
- Locally Grown Gardens
- Wildwood Market
- Pogue’s Run Grocer
NB: I cannot afford a CSA. Many people can’t, so this is a separate addition for those with greater buying power.
- Cosmic Gardens
- Becker Farms
- Silverthorn Farm
- Basic Roots
- Big City Farms
- Tuttle Orchard
- Irvington CSA
Low/zero waste soap and shampoo
- Teehaus Bath & Body soaps
- Skinny & Co. hair and skin
- Get Lathered soaps and shampoo bars
- Good Soap at Whole Foods
- J.R. Liggett’s shampoo bar at Good Earth Indy
- Schmidt’s deodorant at Whole Foods or Earth Fare
- Tons of options at Lush
- Tom’s of Maine toothpaste
- Fat the Moon at Trailside General Store
Thrift shops (clothes)
- Midland Arts & Antique Market
- Emporium Flea Market
- Indie Arts & Vintage Marketplace
- Olde Shadeland Antique Mall
- Traderbakers Vendor Mall
- Food Not Bombs – sharing free vegan food for the public w/o restriction every SUN 3:30pm @ corner of St. Clair & Penn.
- Second Helpings – volunteers and staff rescue prepared and perishable food from wholesalers, retailers and restaurants — preventing unnecessary waste. That rescued food is used to create 4,000 hot, nutritious meals each day that are distributed to 80 social service agencies that feed people in need.
- Growing Places Indy – empowering people to cultivate personal, family and community wellness through urban agriculture, food access and mind-body education.
- Slow Food Indy – promotes central Indiana’s food culture with events and programs that focus on good, clean, and fair food for everyone.
- Freecycle – a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
- Trade School Indy – a non-traditional learning community that runs on barter. Classes on everything you could imagine!
Any other zero waste Indy resources you can think of? Drop them into the comments below to share the love!