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)

Wholefoods/pantry staples

Lots of pantry staples – from flours, grains and rice, through to condiments, spices, legumes, nuts, seeds and liquid foods – usually come in single-use packets. Here, we list shops that stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or which at least have an option for you to avoid unnecessary packaging), so that you can put these ingredients straight into your own bags, jars, containers and bottles, and skip the packaging!

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Total Health, 236 Dominion Road, Mt Eden – stocks some nuts and seeds in bulk (BYO bags/containers)
  • 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!
  • Pasta & Cuore, 409 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden – keen for some handmade pasta? Get it straight into your BYO container at this establishment!
  • Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington – stocks some dried food items in a bulk bin (though they are pricey), including nuts and seeds, and dried fruit.
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell – 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 so you can get peanut butter straight into your own jar! 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.
  • 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 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.
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese/Deli/Tofu

Places that sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese, tofu and/or deli foods who will happily put your unwrapped purchases straight into a BYO container – woohoo! Are you able to help us to fill this section out by letting us know your local where BYO containers are accepted?

  • Butchery at Tai Ping Trading Co, 105 Beach Road, CBD
  • 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).
  • Ponsonby Central, corner of Richmond and Ponsonby Roads, Ponsonby – 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.
  • Gladstone Butchery, 64 Gladstone Road, Parnell
  • Saint John’s Butchery, corner of Felton Mathew Ave and Merton Road, – happy for you to drop-off your own containers in advance, and the butcher will pre-pack into those when they cut the meat. Otherwise, for on-the-spot purchases, there are lots of sausages, and there’s also smoked salmon, that is unpackaged in the deli, that you can get put straight into your BYO container.
  • Avon’s Butchery, 246 Apirana Avenue, Glen Innes
  • Tofu – you can get unpackaged tofu put into BYO containers at Top Grade Tofu, 255 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; and Tofuman Asian Mart, 159 Queens Road, Panmure.
  • Unpackaged live mussels – there are a few stores around town that stock unpackaged live mussels at self-serve counters (look out especially in supermarkets). We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide.
  • Try your luck with BYO containers at the supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more – all unpackaged. Some supermarkets will allow you to BYO container for these goods, while others won’t. It can be hit and miss, often depending on the staff member you talk to. For example, New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets have a flexible franchise model which means they can usually make their own in store decisions about whether to allow BYO containers or not, whereas pretty much any Countdown will not accept BYO containers. It’s always worth asking though!
Bakeries

The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (some things in some of these stores might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). So all you need to do is BYO bag to put the bread/bakery goods into. Some places will bag up their bread later in the day, so you want to get in there early enough before they do that (i.e. before 1pm). Are you able to help us to fill this section out by letting us know your local that doesn’t pre-pack bread?

  • Pandoro Bakery, Eden Quarter, 190 Dominion Road, Mount Eden; 427 Parnell Road, Parnell; 75 Queen Street, CBD; 17 Vestey Drive, Mount Wellington
  • Sony Bakery, 2/40 Stonefields Avenue, Stonefields
  • West Tamaki Bakery, 139 West Tamaki Road, Glen Innes

Markets and other low-waste goodies you might not have thought of

  • Markets – No two ways about it, if you want to get a good source of unpackaged, often locally grown, produce, markets are the place to frequent! 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!). By and large, we’ve found that markets, where you can meet the grower/producer face-to-face, are really great for starting fruitful conversations about waste-free food, and developing relationships and systems that enable you to get your favourite fruit, vege and preserves without the packaging. Often stallholders with other products may also allow you to leave containers with them to fill with your desired product for you to pick up from them the following week, or if the stallholder uses glass jars for packaging, ask whether they will take their empty glass jars back for sterilisation and reuse.
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid‘s entire chocolate range comes in Econic home compostable packaging! Their 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are home 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. You can get all these products at Trade Aid, 172 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, but there are several other stockists of these products around Auckland too: Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden stocks all these product. 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 the chocolate bars and the coconut oil. Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington stocks the chocolate bars and the sugar. The Vegan Shop, 143 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn stocks the chocolate bars.
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth chocolate comes in home compostable packaging and you can find it at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Bulk Food Savings, 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie.
  • 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?

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Milk – You can get milk on tap (BYO bottles) at Daily Bread, 1210 Point Chevalier. You can also get bottles filled up with Jersey Girl Organics milk at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, 510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn and the Parnell Farmers’ Market, 545 Parnell Road (BYO bottle to fill or else buy one of Jersey Girl’s glass bottles and bring that back for refill next time!)
  • 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, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; 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, Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket, 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, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; and Apna Bazaar, 149 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill.
  • Drinking Chocolate – You can get Fairtrade cocoa in bulk at GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell. 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; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; 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; Super Liquor Stonefields, 40 Stonefields Avenue.
  • Kombucha – various stores offer refills of kombucha (just BYO bottles), including Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket, and GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell.

KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES

We were really impressed by the Grey Lynn Waste Away station at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market, which sells a wide variety of products listed below – check them out!
 
Reusable drinking vessels (cups and water bottles)

Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable water bottles at 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; Allium Interiors, 11C Teed Street, Newmarket; Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; Father Rabbit, 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden; 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay; Milly’s Kitchen Shop, 273 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; Good Thing, 849 New North Road, Mt Albert

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in Wellington:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at 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; Chapter Book and Tea Shop, 442 Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; Grey Lynn Waste Away station at the Grey Lynn Farmers MarketFarro FreshFood, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington
  • Get the NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at 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; Mixt, 504 New North Road, Kingsland; Farro FreshFood, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell
  • Get the very leak proof Frank Green cups at Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; Good Thing, 849 New North Road, Mt Albert
  • The Joco brand at Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby
  • Various reusable takeaway coffee cups are available at Coffee and Tea Lovers, 378 Dominion Road, Mt Eden.
  • Get porcelain reusable takeaway coffee cups at Zarbo, 24 Morrow Street, Newmarket; Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Reusable lunch boxes/containers

Reusable lunch boxes or containers are great to have on you when you’re out and about in case you want to get takeaways, to carry leftovers home with you, or if you find food to forage. You can get Meals in Steel stainless steel lunchboxes and food containers at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden. GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell stocks an alternative brand of stainless steel container.

Reusable bags (shopping bags, produce bags and bulk bin bags)

Plastic shopping bags are a menace, but so too are those plastic produce bags for fruit and vege or the plastic bags often offered alongside bulk bins at bulk stores. You can avoid them by bringing your own bags or buying a set of reusable produce bags. You can get 100% organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags at 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; Grey Lynn Waste Away station at the Grey Lynn Farmers MarketCommonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; Father Rabbit, 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden; 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell.

Reusable straws

Say “no straw thanks” next time you order a drink out and either use your mouth to drink, or get yourself a reusable metal straw instead. If you’re keen on a reusable metal straw, you can get them from 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Leopold Hall, 5 Morrow Street, Newmarket; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; Milly’s Kitchen Shop, 273 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell

Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn, 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie.
    • DIY (waaaay cheaper): You just need to get natural fibre fabric (cotton) and unpackaged beeswax. Keep an eye out at secondhand stores and fabric stores for off-cuts of cotton. Get unpackaged beeswax at the Grey Lynn Farmers Market.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get reusable sandwich bags and/or wraps from 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington
  • Silicone pot/bowlcovers – a good option for storing leftovers in a bowl (other than just putting a plate on top!) or as an alternative to tin foil for roasting (as the covers can withstand temperatures of up to 220 degrees and will also keep hot food warm when transporting). You can buy these at The Essential Deli, 455b Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden; Zarbo, 24 Morrow Street, Newmarket; Allium Interiors, 11C Teed Street, Newmarket; Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington; Presentz, 430 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn; Milly’s Kitchen Shop, 273 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Leopold Hall, 5 Morrow Street, Newmarket; Father Rabbit, 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden; 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay

We also encourage people to move away from using dishclothes, sponges and bench wipes made out of synthetic material (as these leach microfibres and they’re also destined for landfill when they wear down) and to use natural fibre cloths instead:

  • For something more like a traditional dishcloth sponge, check out the SPRUCE or Wet-it! 100% cotton + cellulose dishcloth sponges (home compostable at the end of their life) which are available at Milly’s Kitchen Shop, 273 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie.
  • At at Allium Interiors, 11C Teed Street, Newmarket and Isabel Harris, 1 Teed Street, Newmarket, you can get the fancy Bianca Lorenne 100% cotton cloths.
  • If you’re after a coarser scrubby, you can get 100% coconut fibre coarse scrubby from Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Huckleberry, only the stores in Grey Lynn, Royal Oak and Glen Innes 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).
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell
  • 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.
  • Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! You can get this in may supermarkets – keep a eye out!
  • Non-plastic clothes pegs – available at Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Mahadeo’s Spices and Produce, 14 Virginia Avenue East, Eden Terrace; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga; Apna Bazaar, 149 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill; Khyber Spice Invader, 822 Manukau Road, Royal Oak.
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – Dr Bronner’s castile bars are available at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Bulk Food Savings, 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Total Health, 236 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

Zero waste teeth and mouth

  • Bamboo toothbrushes – a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have wooden, home compostable handles (though bristles are still plastic and need to be removed from the handle and put in a rubbish bin). You can find bamboo toothbrushes at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; Health and Organic Newmarket, 2B York Street, Newmarket; The Vegan Shop, 143 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; NZH Natural Products, 945 New North Road, Mt Albert; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie; Queens Health, 89 Queens Road, Panmure
  • Dental Floss – GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell stocks The Eco Floss in a glass dispenser. The floss is PLA, which is compostable. Sometimes PLA can’t be hard to break down in a home compost but in floss form it is probably OK. This is a good alternative for vegans who may not want to use silk floss.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Tauranga. The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • 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
  • Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden
  • Bulk Food Savings 217 Dominion Road, Mt Eden
  • Isabel Harris, 1 Teed Street, Newmarket
  • Presentz, 430 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn
  • Father Rabbit, 20 Normanby Road, Mt Eden; 228 Orakei Road, Remuera, 232 Jervois Road, Herne Bay
  • NZH Natural Products, 945 New North Road, Mt Albert

Bars for Shampoo/Shaving/Deodorant/Moisturiser

We’d encourage you to get your everyday toiletries – from shampoo through to shaving soap – in bar form, which means you totally avoid the plastic/aluminium bottles that liquid products usually come in!

  • Look out for the popular Ethique range which includes shampoo bars, conditioner bars, shaving bars, deodorant bars, moisturiser bars, etc. (all of Ethique‘s bars come in home compostable packaging). We saw it stocked at: 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Shut the Front Door, 3 York Street, Newmarket, 275 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell
  • GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell – stocks Fair + Square facial cleansing and body scrub bars that come in a cardboard sleeve.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads.

  • Menstrual cups are readily available around Auckland, including at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Wise Cicada, 88 Broadway, Newmarket; The Vegan Shop, 143 Williamson Avenue, Grey Lynn; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie and through the amazing United Sustainable Sisters!
  • Reusable pads – available at Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie and through the amazing United Sustainable Sisters!
Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; Ceres Whole Foods, 181 Ladies Mile, Ellerslie
  • Toilet Paper – Greencane and Smartass toilet paper are both wrapped in home compostable packaging.
    • Get Greencane at 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; Commonsense Organics, 284 Dominion Road, Mt Eden; Farro Fresh Food, 34 Westmoreland Street West, Grey Lynn; 446 Manukau Road, Epsom; 223 Orakei Road, Remuera; 80 Lunn Avenue, Mt Wellington
    • Get Smartass at 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; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it unpackaged in bulk bins from Mahadeo’s Spices and Produce, 14 Virginia Avenue East, Eden Terrace; GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; 79 St George’s Bay Road, Parnell; Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga; Apna Bazaar, 149 Stoddard Road, Mt Roskill; Khyber Spice Invader, 822 Manukau Road, Royal Oak.
  • Liquid toiletries on tap – GoodFor, 2 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn; Bin Inn Onehunga, 132 Onehunga Mall Road, Onehunga
  • 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.
  • 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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