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Be Zero City Guide | Seattle, Washington

Welcome to the Seattle City Guide! This guide shares the inside scoop on ways to reduce your trash and plastic footprint and to lead a sustainable lifestyle in Seattle. 

About Seattle: 

Seattle, a city on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, is surrounded by water, mountains and evergreen forests, and contains thousands of acres of parkland. Washington State’s largest city!


Grocery, Bulk Bins & Produce

 

Farmers Markets:

Pike Place Market: Daily, Year Round

10am-6pm

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*A note about Pike Market: Many vendors here do not actually sell locally-grown/produced food, however many of the other markets do! You can always ask to be sure.

Ballard Farmers Market: Sundays, Year Round | 9am-3pm

Phinney Ridge: Fridays, June-October | 3:30pm-7:30pm

University District: Saturdays, Year Round | 9am-2pm

Magnolia: Saturdays, June-October | 10am-2pm

Queen Anne: Thursdays, June - October | 3:00 pm - 7:30pm

Capitol Hill: Sundays, Year Round | 11:00am - 3:00pm

Fremont Market: Sundays, Year Round | 10am - 4pm 

EcoCollective (at Fremont Market) is a package free shop at the market

West Seattle: Sundays, Year Round | 10am - 2pm

Columbia City: Wednesdays, May-October | 3pm - 7pm

Lake City: Thursdays, June - October | 3pm - 7pm


Other Bulk Bin & Green-Friendly (and container-friendly!) Grocers:

 

Town & Country Ballard Market (Ballard)

Town & Country Central Market (Shoreline)

BYO Container-friendly: salad bar, hot food bar, bulk bins, bulk coffee (both whole-bean and grinding station), bulk tea, bulk spices, self-grinding peanut and almond butter station. 8 tap growler station for beer and cider.

Meat and cheese counter and waffle bar will not take containers, but they will place your order on paper for you to transfer to your own container. Custom sushi, rice bowl, noodle bowls and steam buns station.

 

Top Banana (Ballard)

Bulk produce, most of which is package-free. Please note that they do still give out plastic bags despite the city ordinance, so be sure to BYOBs!

 

Fred Meyer

Not so container-friendly; be sure to ask for assistance with taring and make sure you find a checker beforehand who knows how to ring you up!)

Ballard/Fremont

Greenwood

Lake City

Shoreline

 

Winco

Bulk Bins - BYOBags; uncertain if container-friendly.

Kent (South of Seattle)

Edmonds (North of Seattle)

 


Meat & Cheese Shops

Seabreeze Farm (Vashon Island)

Seabreeze also has booths at most of the Seattle farmers markets. make sure you bring containers *big* enough if you decide to buy a whole chicken!

Fresh Fish Company (Ballard)

Rainshadow Meats (Capitol Hill)

Big John’s (SoDo) Big John's will slice off of huge wheels of cheese and will put in your own containers. They also sell bulk olives, pickles & more.


 

Spice & Herb Shops

MarketSpice Downtown (bulk spices, loose teas)

The Herbalist Ravenna, Capitol Hill (bulk teas, herbs & more)

Dandelion Botanical Company (bulk herbs, teas & more)

 

DRINKS

Beer & Cider (Growler Fills) / Breweries - Most Seattle & King County Breweries offer growler fills.

Here are some of our favorites:

Bad Jimmy’s Brewing Co. - Fremont/Ballard

Hellbent Brewing Co. - Lake City

Reuben’s Brews - Ballard

Peddler Brewing - Ballard

Outer Planet Brewing - Capitol Hill

 

See all 110 local breweries (...and counting)!

 

Chuck’s Hop Shop - Growler fills & kegs to-go! (Greenwood and Central District)

 

Bartell Drugs - Multiple Locations

Town & Country Market - Ballard


 

GOODS & TEXTILES

Consignment Goods:

Ballard Consignment

Buffalo Exchange (Ballard & U-District)

Classic Consignment (Ballard)

Labels (Greenwood)

The Furniture Guy (Greenwood)

Armadillo Consignment (Greenwood)

Take 2 (Capitol Hill)

Sell Your Sole Boutique (Belltown)

Lucky Dog Men’s Thrift Shop (Greenwood)

...and more!

Play It Again Sports (Downtown)  - buy, sell & rent sporting equipment

 

Home Remodel/Construction Consignment:

 

Ballard Reuse (Ballard) - Vintage, salvaged and reclaimed materials.

EarthWise Architectural Salvage (SoDo)

Second Use (SoDo)

Dirt Exchange (Ballard) - Bulk dirt, potting soil, mulch, gravel, rock sand. Bring your own truck or bags.

Paving Stone Supply (Ballard) - Landscaping supplies and services. You can return the bags and the heavy-duty twist-wire they tie the bags with  to them and they will reuse them!


Used Books:

Twice Sold Tales Ballard | Capitol Hill

Third Place Books Ravenna | Lake Forest Park | Seward Park


Online Exchange:

Buy Nothing (full listing of Seattle’s BN Facebook groups)

Freecycle | Seattle

Craigslist | Seattle

Seattle Tool Library (5 locations) - rent tools for home, auto, garden & more


REPAIR/RECYCLE

Appliances & Tech:

King County Repair Time  - King County hosts monthly fix-it clinics to help us repair what we already own, from appliances to apparel & more!

Andy Kao’s Appliance Service - Major appliance repair like washers, dryers and dish washers. Cash only.

GadgetFix - cell phone & tablet repair, pre-owned gadget sales

Cell Phone Repair Seattle - buy, sell & fix used tablets, laptops, cell phones, consoles & more

InterConnection - Donate laptops, printers, smartphones & more; refurbished items available for low-income families.

Jet City Repair - iPhone, iPad & tablet repair

PC Fix - Computer repair

Home Espresso Repair - Repairing most makes and models of espresso machines. They also sell select, quality brand machines and espresso making accessories.

Hy-Lite Mirror & Glass - They will repair mirrors & glass that would otherwise be thrown away.

Shoe Repair:

Swansons Shoe Repair (Wallingford)

Johnny's Shoe Repair (Ballard)


GREEN KIDS

Childish Things Secondhand Buy Sell Trade (Greenwood)

Kym’s Kiddy Corner (Victory Lake)

Petite Boutique Kids, LLC (Laurelhurst)

Baby Diaper Service

Diaper Stork


RECREATION RENTALS

Ascent Outdoors (Ballard) - Camping, Hiking & Outdoor Sports rentals

Play It Again Sports (Downtown) - Sporting good rentals

 


BIKE SHARES

Lime Bike | Spin | Ofo

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This city guide is curated by our Be Zero Ambassador Darby Bundy

Learn more about our Ambassador Community here.