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.
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
Pike Place Market: Daily, Year Round
*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!
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!)
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)
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
Buffalo Exchange (Ballard & U-District)
Classic Consignment (Ballard)
The Furniture Guy (Greenwood)
Armadillo Consignment (Greenwood)
Take 2 (Capitol Hill)
Sell Your Sole Boutique (Belltown)
Lucky Dog Men’s Thrift Shop (Greenwood)
Play It Again Sports (Downtown) - buy, sell & rent sporting equipment
Home Remodel/Construction Consignment:
Ballard Reuse (Ballard) - Vintage, salvaged and reclaimed materials.
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!
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.
Swansons Shoe Repair (Wallingford)
Johnny's Shoe Repair (Ballard)