BYOC Co. Grows from Pop-Up Shop to Brick-and-Mortar Store in April

BYOC Co. is the first of its kind in Ann Arbor and aims to reduce environmental waste. Here’s what to expect from this pop-up turned brick-and-mortar.

Shopping bags can be a real drag. They’re not only wasteful, but they’re harmful to our environment and community. Ann Arbor is slated to see the latest business venture that aims to reduce plastic waste: BYOC Co.

What started as a pop-up venture for Emma Hess has turned into a fully fleshed-out business. BYOC, which stands for “bring your own container” will open in April at 255 E. Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. Shoppers can bring in any dry, clean containers (anything from old plastic bottles to Mason jars) to fill with eco-friendly household cleaning and personal care products that the shop carries.

Patrons are encouraged to bring their own containers. But, for those of us who are a little bit forgetful but want to do our part, the store does have a few cleaned containers that have been donated for use. 

Hess is a University of Michigan graduate and Chelsea native who graduated during the pandemic. She struggled to find work during this time so, as a result, decided to combine her passion for the environment and her need to make a living. She started the business as a pop-up and has quickly grown with the help of loyal customers and patrons. 

When the Liberty Street shop opens, BYOC Co. will have about 40 products available to customers. This includes shampoo bars and conditioners that have zero packagings. There will also be grapefruit hand soap, lavender laundry detergent, and a shampoo and conditioner cent called Moroccan Oil. 

Her location on E. Liberty will be 1,300 square feet of space for patrons to peruse and check out. Items will be sold based on the ounces of product customers want. Customers will be in control of how much of something they want, which helps reduce at-home clutter as well as the business’ goal of environmental clutter.

If you want to try their products before the door opens, their last pop-up is scheduled at Graye’s Greenhouse at 8820 North Lilley Road in Plymouth. They’ll be there from 10am until 4pm. 

Be sure to keep an eye out for when this store opens its doors!

255 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor. 734-709-4222.

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