Zero Waste is a set of principles focused on waste prevention that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles (hence our refill station!) so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. (Thanks for the quick definition Wikipedia!).
While we are not completely zero waste, we are very close! We have received some accidental plastic or packaging that cannot be recycled and there are some products that we are still trying to find a more sustainable packaging and/or shipping solution for (e.g., glass bottles, jars, ingredients for natural products).
Refills + Bulk Orders
You can either purchase one of Dharma + Dwell's containers OR bring your own to refill. Items in bulk are sold by the ounce (e.g., $0.45/oz.). If bringing your own container, we ask that you please determine the ounces in advance. Otherwise, we will make our best guess at sizing. When ordering online, you will need to purchase a Dharma + Dwell container.
Absolutely. When shopping, read the description of each product. We will note which products can be sold by the ounce. For online by the ounce orders you will need to purchase one of Dharma + Dwell's containers (e.g., Glass Pumps, Spray Bottles, or Jars).
It's really important to us that we support small businesses – with specific focus on those businesses that are local, women owned and operated, and in alignment with our values. For partners outside of St. Louis, we leverage wholesale platforms for independent business owners, Etsy, and even social media – and do a lot of research! Whether in or outside of St. Louis, we also ensure that products are packaged and shipped responsibly (meaning – no plastic and only reusable, recycled or compostable packaging).
Shipping + Delivery
• We only use upcycled, recycled, recyclable and compostable materials. Everything ships 100% plastic-free.
• We only provide the option to ship USPS because they already come to your residence on a daily basis. This helps us reduce our carbon footprint even by reducing the number of trips to your residence.
• Your products will be shipped within 2-3 days of your purchase. You should receive them within 5-7 days.
Yes, we do! If you are within the St. Louis area, please select "Local Pick-up" when you are checking out. We will contact you once your order is ready for pick-up at our brick and mortar location in Webster Groves, MO.
End of Life + Recycling
Products have individual end-of-life instructions. We encourage recycling + composting when products allow, or throwing away when products are biodegradable.
While most of our products come package free or in refillable containers, we do have some that are packaged in recyclable or compostable packaging/labels.
We know that not everyone has access to recycling or composting. If you do not have access to either of these options and wish to have your products shipped unpackaged please leave us a note during checkout. We will remove and properly dispose of all packaging and labels.
This would make us the happiest! Please complete our form on the Contact Us page.