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Zero Waste in Central Auckland and Hauraki

Zero Waste in Central Auckland and Hauraki

This guide covers Central Auckland and Hauraki (Waiheke Island). For other areas of Auckland, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Auckland Region post.

Central Auckland

Food options (i.e. stores that offer loose items which you can put, unpackaged, into your own BYO bags/containers)

  • Greys Avenue Foodmarket, 48 Grey’s Avenue, CBD – stocks various spices, legumes, flours and nuts in bulk bins.
  • F & G Supermarket, 450 Queen Street, CBD – has a wide range of bulk bins stocking grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices.
  • Indian Spice City, 10 Anzac Avenue, CBD – has a range of bulk bins stocking grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices.
  • Suprette & Indian Grocery, 215 Karangahape Road, CBD – has a small range of bulk bins stocking legumes, rice, nuts and some spices – would probably stock more in bulk if asked.
  • Huckleberry, 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn; 6 Campbell Road, Royal Oak; 150 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes; 2 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden; 125 The Strand, Parnell; 170a Jervois Road, CBD – not all Huckleberry stores have bulk bins, but the stores in Grey Lynn (called Harvest by Huckleberry), Royal Oak and Glen Innes do, and their range is pretty substantial (grains, flours, rice, legumes, dried fruit, nuts, seeds etc.), as well as liquid food refills (such as vinegar, oil and tamari). In the smaller stores, the bulk food (including spices in all stores) is pre-packed into cellophane, which is compostable in a home compost. Other than that, all Huckleberry stores stock Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate bars (which come in home compostable wrappers) and Trade Aid‘s coconut oil (which doesn’t have a plastic seal around the rim, yay!).
  • Mahadeo’s Spices and Produce, 14 Virginia Avenue East, Eden Terrace – from the outside this store looks like it might be a packing house and not a store, but do not be dissuaded, go in and revel in the wonder! This stores stocks a very large range of low-cost dried bulk foods, from legumes, grains, flours, nuts, seeds and dried fruit, through to spices, shredded coconut, and baking soda. A great find!
  • Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket – has a bulk bin selection, stocking nuts, seeds, dried fruit, pulses and grains. Also stocks Loving Earth and Trade Aid chocolate, both of which come in home compostable wrappers.
  • The Tofu Shop, 7 Kent Street, Newmarket – stocks rice dumplings packaged only in a banana leaf. Unfortunately this branch of the store, unlike others we have seen, does not sell unpackaged tofu – perhaps a local could request they start stocking this?
  • Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – lots of bulk food options here, including flour, nuts, seeds, fruit, grains and pulses. Just BYO bag/container and keep a note of the produce number for the checkout. They also stock Loving Earth and Trade Aid chocolate, both of which come in home compostable packaging.
  • Total Health, 236 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks some nuts and seeds in bulk (BYO bags/containers)
  • Top Grade Tofu, 255 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – a tofu deli where you can get various kinds of tofu unpackaged, just BYO container!
  • Bulk Food Savings, 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks a range of food in bulk bins. Unfortunately a lot of the bulk product is prepackaged by the store, so you have to navigate/avoid that, but you can still get a lot loose, including nuts, seeds, dried fruit, pulses, grains, flours etc. Vinegars and oils are available in bulk too though it’s difficult to tell if BYO containers are welcome – worth having a chat with the staff! The store also stocks Loving Earth chocolate bars, that come in home compostable packaging.
  • Pasta & Cuore, 409 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden – keen for some handmade pasta? Get it straight into your BYO container at this establishment!
  • The Vegan Shop, 143 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn – stocks Trade Aid chocolate, which comes in home compostable packaging.
  • Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington – You are welcome to get any food from the deli put straight in a BYO container (including cheese and meats). Farro Fresh also stocks some dried food items in a bulk bin (though they are pricey), including nuts and seeds, and dried fruit. On the shelves you can get Trade Aid chocolate and sugar, both of which come in home compostable packaging.
  • Ponsonby Central, corner of Richmond and Ponsonby Roads, Ponsonby – check out what you can get unpackaged in this pretty awesome market complex. Bring your own produce bags to take advantage of Ceres Fresh Market. Make sure to BYO containers, cups and cutlery for takeaways and the eateries. BYO containers to shop around the different stalls and delis – The Dairy is happy to put cuts of cheese in BYO containers, and Neat Meat will puts cuts of meat in BYO containers too.
  • Trade Aid, 172 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging that is compostable in a home compost! Their 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are compostable also. Trade Aid’s coconut oil is one of the few on the market that does not have a plastic seal around the lid.
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn – New Zealand’s FIRST packaging-free store. It’s pretty amazing to see and the range of items available is impressive. James, the founder and owner, is also putting a great deal of thought into how to reduce the store’s own waste footprint. You can get all the staples here – grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, spices. As well as liquid foods, including oils, syrups and vinegars. You can also get harder to find things like Fairtrade cocoa, vege stock, pasta and cocoa butter (to name a few). If you need baking soda and vinegar, yep, you can get it here! Not only that, but GoodFor is also teaming up with local producers to bring packaging-free supplies of locally-made products, like those by Little Bird.
  • Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), a range of spices, liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and syrups), sweets and treats, and items essential for zero waste living, such as baking soda, salt and other specialty baking/cooking goods. They also have a peanut butter machine and coffee beans with on-site grinder. All Bin Inn store around New Zealand are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Sri Ganesh Food and Spices, 17 Ellis Ave, Mt Roskill – stocks some items in bulk, including nuts, legumes, spices and flours.
  • Apna Bazaar, 149 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill – big range of bulk bins, including grains, flours, nuts, seeds, rice, legumes, dried fruit, spices as well as harder to find items like baking soda.
  • Lotus Supermarket, 64 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill – excellent range of bulk bins, stocking grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, rice, legumes, spices, and harder to find items like baking soda and baking powder.
  • Smart Deal Bazaar, 40 Stoddard Rd, Mt Roskill – a good range of bulk bins stocking grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, legumes and spices.
  • Mt Roskill Fresh Supermarket, 3/32 Carr Road, Mt Roskill – has a small number of bulk bins, stocking some legumes, grains and nuts in bulk
  • Yogiji’s Food Mart, 26 Carr Road, Mt Roskill – has a range of bulk bins stocking grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices. However, be aware that about 30% of the bins are stocked only with pre-packaged goods, unfortunately.
  • Khyber Spice Invader, 822 Manukau Road, Royal Oak – excellent range of bulk bins, stocking grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, rice, legumes, spices, and harder to find items like baking soda and baking powder.
  • Spice Corner, 691 Manukau Road, Royal Oak – a good range of bulk bins stocking grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, legumes and spices. However, be aware that many of the bins were stocked only with pre-packaged goods, unfortunately.
  • Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie – New Zealand’s FIRST organic store (opened in 1984) stocks a good range of produce in bulk, including nuts, seeds, dried fruit, legumes, grains and flours. Also stocks Loving Earth chocolate, which comes in home compostable packaging.
  • LakDiv, No 8, Basin View Lane, Panmure – sells a range of food in bulk, including some grains, flours and spices, as well as legumes, nuts and dried fruit.
  • Tofuman Asian Mart, 159 Queens Road, Panmure – stocks unpackaged tofu + noodles (several varieties), yus! Also stocks bulk bins of grains and flours, spices, fungi, legumes, and peanuts.
  • Amaize, 100 Queens Road (in the mall), Panmure – get your fix of sweet and savoury popcorn of every flavour imaginable. All available unpackaged and made on site, just BYO bags!!
  • Spice Land, 50 Queens Road, Panmure – bulk bins available near the back of the store. Spices are mostly pre-packed, unfortunately, but there’s still a good range of loose products, including flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds and dried fruit.
  • Hesari Bakery, 16 Queens Road, Panmure – look around this store to find loose varieties of dried fruit, nuts and Middle Eastern sweets + snacks – yum!
  • NZ Fruit n Vege, 131 Pilkington Road, Panmure – big range of bulk legumes, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, spices, grains and flours.
  • Markets and Farmers’ Markets – Across Auckland, be sure to check out your local markets and farmers’ markets because you will almost ALWAYS be able to get items without packaging. All the better when it’s grown locally and you can support sustainable growing practices. We loved Grey Lynn Farmers Market, which is striving to be a waste-free market. You can get all manner of unpackaged veggies here, as well as products like loose olives (BYO containers!).

Drink options

  • Coffee – we recommend looking for coffee that is available unpackaged and BYO your bags and containers to fill up. Roasteries are a good place to look, as well as some bulk stores. We’ve seen unpackaged coffee available in bulk bins or on request at: Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Coffee and Tea Lovers, 378 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie; All Press Coffee, 266 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, 8 Drake Street, Freemans Bay; and Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga. If you can’t find loose options near you, then the next best option is to look out for coffee that is packaged in Econic packaging, which is home compostable (woah!). Huckleberry‘s coffee is packaged in this packaging (their stores are dotted around Auckland Central: 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn; 6 Campbell Road, Royal Oak; 150 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes; 2 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden; 125 The Strand, Parnell; 170a Jervois Road, CBD). Local roaster Kokako also uses Econic packaging – you can get their coffee at their cafe in Grey Lynn (537 Great North Road, Grey Lynn), at all Huckleberry stores, Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, and the Farro Fresh stores (34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington).
  • Tea – there are a few places around the CBD where you can get buy loose tea leaves and get them straight in your BYO container, including a huge range of delicious loose leaf teas at Chapter Book and Tea Shop, 442 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden (loose leaf tea of every kind in jars!); Coffee and Tea Lovers, 378 Dominion Road, Mt Eden (make sure you ask to have the loose tea put straight into your BYO bag/container); Total Health, 236 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Tonic Room, 465 New North Road, Kingsland; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; and Apna Bazaar, 149 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill.
  • Drinking Chocolate – You can get Fairtrade cocoa in bulk at GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn. Otherwise, Kokako packages its drinking chocolate in Econic packaging that is home compostable – find it at their Grey Lynn cafe (537 Great North Road, Grey Lynn), at all Huckleberry stores; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Bulk Food Savings, 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; the Farro Fresh stores (34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington); Ceres Fresh Market at Ponsonby Central, corner of Richmond and Ponsonby Roads, Ponsonby; and Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie.
  • Beer – there are many off-licences dotted around the city that sell craft beer on tap – all you need to do is BYO bottle or flagon to fill up with. Keep your eye out for places; we saw the following, but there will be more!: Brothers Beer, Shed 3D, City Works Depot, 90 Wellesley St West and 5 Akiraho St, Mt Eden; Herne Bay Cellars, 184 Jervois Road, Herne Bay; Liquor King Ponsonby, 254 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; Liquorland Mt Eden, 246 Dominion Road, Mt Eden, Liquorland Newmarket, 480 Broadway, Newmarket, and at multiple Glengarry’s, including 409 Khyber Pass Road, Newmarket, 420 New North Road, Kingsland, and 139 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby.
  • Kombucha – various stores offer refills of kombucha (just BYO bottles), including Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket, and GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Huckleberry, 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn; 6 Campbell Road, Royal Oak; 150 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes; 2 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden; 125 The Strand, Parnell; 170a Jervois Road, CBD – stocks wooden dishbrushes and replaceable heads (which are home compostable), reusable water bottles, the Keep Cup and Cuppa Coffee Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups, beeswax wraps and other reusable lunch wraps, reusable straws and straw cleaner, cotton produce and bulk bin bags, Meals in Steel stainless steel containers
  • Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks wooden dishbrushes with removeable, replaceable heads that are compostable, Munch reusable sandwich bags, Meals in Steel stainless steel containers, Rethink organic cotton produce bags, and beeswax wraps.
  • Coffee and Tea Lovers, 378 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Chapter Book and Tea Shop, 442 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden – stocks Keep Cups (reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • The Essential Deli, 455b Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden – stocks silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to tin foil and Glad Wrap)
  • Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket – stocks reusable water bottles, reusable produce bags, cotton dishcloths, beeswax wraps, reusable straws, and Meals in Steel stainless steel containers.
  • Leopold Hall, 5 Morrow Street, Newmarket – stocks reusable straws, and wooden dishbrushes with replacement heads that are home compostable.
  • Zarbo, 24 Morrow Street, Newmarket – stocks ceramic reusable takeaway coffee cups and reusable silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to tin foil and Glad Wrap).
  • Allium Interiors, 11C Teed Street, Newmarket – stocks reusable water bottles and tumblers, cotton discloths and silicone bowl/pot covers (a reusable alternative to tin foil and Glad Wrap).
  • Isabel Harris, 1 Teed Street, Newmarket – stocks cotton dishcloths.
  • Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby – stocks various reusable takeaway coffee cups (including ceramic varieties, Joco cups and Frank Green), beeswax wraps, reusable water bottles and reusable straws.
  • Mixt, 504 New North Road, Kingsland – stocks Cuppa Coffee Cups (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cups)
  • Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington – stock Keep Cups and Cuppa Coffee Cups (reusable takeaway coffee cups), silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tinfoil), reusable lunch bags, and beeswax wraps.
  • Presentz, 430 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn – stocks silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tinfoil).
  • Father Rabbit, 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden; 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay – stocks reusable water bottles, Rethink reusable produce bags, and wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads.
  • Milly’s Kitchen Shop, 273 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby – stocks reusable drink bottles, silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil), reusable metal straws, and Wet It! cellulose and cotton absorbent dishcloths (natural and also 100% compostable at end of life).
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn – stocks reusable drink bottles, reusable metal straws, beeswax wrap, Keep Cups (reusable takeaway coffee cups), reusable produce and bulk bin bags.
  • Good Thing, 849 New North Road, Mt Albert – stock Frank Green reusable coffee cups and reusable drink bottles.
  • Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie – stocks beeswax wrap and Wet It! cellulose and cotton absorbent dishcloths (natural but also home compostable at the end of its life).
  • Markets and Farmers’ Markets – Across Auckland, be sure to check out your local markets and farmers’ markets because you will almost ALWAYS be able to get items that help you to have a low-waste lifestyle (for example, things like beeswax wrap). Often you can get unpackaged beeswax at markets, from which you can make your own beeswax wrap (for example, at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market). We were really impressed by the Grey Lynn Waste Away station at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, which sells a wide variety of products, including beeswax wrap, Rethink produce bags, Keep Cups, and Bokashi bins.

Cleaning products

  • Huckleberry, 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn; 6 Campbell Road, Royal Oak; 150 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes; 2 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden; 125 The Strand, Parnell; 170a Jervois Road, CBD – All Huckleberry stores stock bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap which can be used to make homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid. The stores in Grey Lynn, Royal Oak and Glen Innes also offer bulk cleaning products that you can put in your BYO bottles/containers, so check out those options (Harvest in Grey Lynn even offers Prana+Therapy cleaning products in bulk).
  • Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can then be used to make homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid), and Go Bamboo wooden clothes pegs.
  • Bulk Food Savings, 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can then be used to make homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid).
  • Total Health, 236 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can then be used to make homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid).
  • Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket – stocks SoapNuts NZ (for laundry), which come in a cardboard box only (no inner plastic lining), and bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can be used to make homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid).
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn – get all your cleaning products, liquid or powder, in bulk here (supplied by Earthwise). Just BYO you own bottles/containers. Store also stocks wooden clothes pegs.
  • Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with, including refills of Ecostore cleaning products. Also stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.
  • Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie – stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.

Bathroom products

  • Huckleberry, 405 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn; 6 Campbell Road, Royal Oak; 150 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes; 2 Esplanade Road, Mt Eden; 125 The Strand, Parnell; 170a Jervois Road, CBD – stocks Greencane toilet paper (which comes in a wrapper that is home compostable), Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, menstrual cups, Grin and Go Bamboo wooden toothbrushes (home compostable handles), unpackaged bars of soap, Ethique shampoo/beauty bars (which come packaged only in cardboard)
  • Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks Greencane toilet paper (which comes in a wrapper that is home compostable), Grin and Go Bamboo toothbrushes (both of which have home compostable wooden handles), Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, unpackaged bars of soap, and Ethique shampoo/beauty bars (which come packaging only in cardboard).
  • Bulk Food Savings 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket – stocks bamboo toothbrushes (home compostable handle), unpackaged Ecostore soap, menstrual cups, Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, and Greencane toilet paper (which comes in a wrapper that is home compostable).
  • Isabel Harris, 1 Teed Street, Newmarket – stocks lots of unpackaged soap.
  • Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby – stocks Ethique shampoo/beauty bars (which come packaged only in cardboard).
  • Health and Organic Newmarket, 2B York Street, Newmarket – stocks Grin bamboo toothbrushes (handle is home compostable)
  • Tonic Room, 465 New North Road, Kingsland – if you are interested in natural remedies and elixirs for ailments, come and have a chat with the staff here because they are willing to offer refills of some of their remedies that they make, if you’d like to get them without the packaging.
  • The Vegan Shop, 143 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn – stocks toothbrushes with a wooden, home compostable handle, and menstrual cups.
  • Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington – stock Greencane toilet paper (which comes in home compostable packaging).
  • Presentz, 430 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn – stocks unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Father Rabbit, 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden; 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay – stock unpackaged bars of soap
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn – stocks various brands of toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable hands, home compostable cotton buds, and Ethique shampoo/beauty bars that come packaged only in cardboard.
  • NZH Natural Products, 945 New North Road, Mt Albert – stocks Grin toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and bars of unpackaged soap.
  • Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie – stocks menstrual cups and non-disposable pads, Go Bamboo toothbrushes with a wooden, home compostable handle, and home compostable cotton buds.
  • Queens Health, 89 Queens Road, Panmure – stocks Grin toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Markets and Farmers’ Markets – Across Central Auckland, be sure to check out your local markets and farmers’ markets because often there will be stall holders who make exciting bathroom/cosmetics who will be happy to takeback the containers (once you run out) and give you a refill. For example, Puk’eco at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market.

Waiheke Island

Food options (i.e. stores that offer loose items which you can put, unpackaged, into your own BYO bags/containers)

  • The Island Grocer, 110 Oceanview Road, Oneroa – small selection of bulk bins with organic ingredients, including grains, legumes, flours, seeds and nutritional yeast. Also stocks Trade Aid chocolate, which comes in home compostable wrappers, and vanilla essence and paste in glass jars/bottles (rather than plastic). Most of the fresh bread, fruit and vegetables in the store are unpackaged, just remember to BYO bags to put them in.
  • Waiheke Organic Food, 20 Tahi Road, Ostend – small selection of bulk bins with various flours, grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. The shop also repacks most of its other bulk food into cellophane – you can have a chat with the store owner to see if they have some other ingredients out back that they can put direct into your own bags and containers, or else if they can set aside certain items for you when they do their packing. Alternatively, you can compost the cellophane in a home compost. Most of the fresh fruit and vegetables in the store are unpackaged, just remember to BYO bags to put them in. The store also offers refills of oil and tamari (BYO bottle); taking advantage of this service will mean you get a discount. On the shelves you will also find Trade Aid’s chocolates and Loving Earth’s chocolates, both of which come in home compostable packaging, and Trade Aid’s coconut oil, which comes in a glass jar without the plastic seal around the outside.
  • Village Butchery, 102 Oceanview Road, Oneroa – this shop is more than happy to put your cuts of meat into a BYO container.
  • Countdown, 13-19 Belgium Street, Ostend – Waiheke Island’s supermarket has a bulk aisle – just BYO bags to fill up with loose items (note, though, that supermarket bulk aisles are really expensive, so we only go when desperate!). We also bring along an upcycled ice cream container to put live mussels into (instead of putting them into the single use bags provided). You can try your luck going packaging free at the deli counter also (the deli is opposite the bulk aisle) – simply BYO container and ask deli staff to fill your deli produce into your own container instead of their plastic pottles – just make sure they tare your container if you use something heavy like a glass jar (you don’t want to pay for the extra weight!)
  • Markets, co-ops and crop swap – check out the Waiheke Ostend Market, Belgium Street, Ostend, every Saturday, for excellent produce – BYO bags to put fresh fruit and veges in. Here you can also get cheese straight off the round into your own container at the Helios stall (try the amazing bread too!). You may also be interested in the monthly crop swap running at the Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako Street, Oneroa – this is a money-less exchange, just bring some of your homegrown produce or homemade baking and preserves to share and exchange for the produce, baking and preserves of others in the community. Waiheke also has various co-ops from which you can benefit from bulk buying power – again, just make sure your share is divvied up into reusable bags and containers.

Drink options

  • Coffee – Waiheke Island’s local roaster – Island Coffee, 21 Belgium Street, Ostend is more than happy to put their freshly roasted beans or grinds into your BYO bag/container. FYI that the roastery is only open in the mornings!
  • Tea – it is difficult to get loose, unpackaged tea leaves on the island. However, Waiheke Organic Food, 20 Tahi Road, Ostend, repacks its tea leaves in cellophane – either have a chat with them to find out when they do their packing to get tea put direct into your own bag/container, or get the pre-packed tea and pop the cellophane into your home compost.
  • Drinking chocolate – find Kokako‘s drinking chocolate, which comes in home compostable packaging, at RAW at Waiheke, 4 Putiki Road, Ostend.
  • Beer – the key to zero waste beer is to bring your own flagons/bottles to stores that sell beer on tap. Waiheke Island Brewery, located at Wild on Waiheke, 82 Onetangi Road, Onetangi, is the place to go to get your flagons filled on the island – it helps that brewer Alan Knight sure knows how to make a fine beer, so why would you want anything else??

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako St, Oneroa – stocks Ecostore wooden dishbrushes and their compostable, replaceable heads.
  • The Island Grocer, 110 Oceanview Road, Oneroa – stocks reusable metal straws, and organic cotton bulk bin/produce bags.
  • Veranda, 2/116 Oceanview Road, Oneroa – stocks cotton dishcloths, beeswax wraps, and Joco’s reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Likerish, 23D Belgium St, Ostend – stocks porcelain reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • True Blue, 21 Belgium Street, Ostend – stocks silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil).

Cleaning products

  • Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako St, Oneroa – stocks huge range of bulk Ecostore cleaning products, simply BYO bottle to refill – including laundry liquid and dishing liquid, multipurpose cleaner, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, toilet cleaner… the list goes on.

Bathroom products

  • Waiheke Sustainability Centre, Mako St, Oneroa – stocks unpackaged bars of Ecostore soap, as well as bulk hand wash, shampoo and conditioner (just BYO bottles to refill
  • The Island Grocer, 110 Oceanview Road, Oneroa – stocks Go Bamboo compostable toothbruses, and two types of toilet paper that are wrapped in home compostable packaging (so take your pick!) – they are, Smartass and Greencane.
  • Veranda, 2/116 Oceanview Road, Oneroa – stocks unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Upcycle Re-Design Store, Pendragon Mall, Oneroa – stocks locally-made bars of soap wrapped in weaved grass/flax.
  • Waiheke Organic Food, 20 Tahi Road, Ostend – stocks unpackaged bars of Ecostore soap and Grin compostable toothbrushes.
  • RAW at Waiheke, 4 Putiki Road, Ostend – stocks Greencane toilet paper, which comes wrapped in home compostable packaging.
  • Angelica Skincare – a range of lovely skin care products in jars which can be refilled if brought back. You can find Angelica at the Waiheke Ostend Market on Saturdays.
  • True Blue, 21 Belgium Street, Ostend – stocks various unpackaged or sustainably packaged bars of soap.

Other exciting spots…

  • Upcycled/repurposed goods – Waiheke Island has always been ahead of the game when it comes to creative repurposing. To get a concentration of this creative ingenuity, you must check out Upcycle Re-Design Store in Pendragon Mall, Oneroa. Some truly amazing creations crafted from repurposed materials that might otherwise be seen as ‘waste’. Upcycle Re-Design Store also stocks Waiheke’s BYO bags, which are cloth bags that can be used as an alternative to plastic shopping bags. Another great shop is the Waiheke Reuse Shop, which resells goods saved from Waiheke’s Inorganic Collection.


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