Zero Waste in East Christchurch

Zero Waste in East Christchurch

This guide covers East Christchurch businesses only. For other parts of Christchurch or to read about city-wide council and community services, or city-wide shopping options, please refer to the Zero Waste in Christchurch City homepage.

NB: All our regional guides cover as many low-waste options as we could find for food, drink, kitchen and food packaging, cleaning products and bathroom products – scroll down to view each category.

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!

  • Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk/unpackaged (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, legumes, flours, dried fruit, sundried tomatoes and pasta), a range of spices, sweets, treats and snacks, and liquid foods like vinegars, oils, honey, syrups etc.  They also have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar! All Bin Inns across the country offer a 5% discount if you bring your own bags and containers.
  • Krazy Price Mart, 431 Tuam St, Phillipstown – offers a small section of loose/unpackaged legumes, pea flours, spices and roasted peanuts in bulk bins.
  • Shop ND Save Food Warehouse, 21C Aldwins Road, Phillipstown – stocks a small amount of unpackaged/loose spices, dried fruit and baking powder in bulk bins.
  • Value Mart, 227 Linwood Ave, Linwood – this Indian grocery store boasts a large and super affordable range of loose/unpackaged goods in bulk bins, including spices, legumes, flours, dried fruit, grains, nuts, seeds and more, and even sells freshly made Indian sweets unpackaged.
  • Spice Heaven, 4/103 Stanmore Rd, Linwood – this Indian grocery store has a range of loose/unpackaged legumes, flours, spices, herbs, sugar and grains in bulk bin.
  • Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton – we really loved this Bin Inn because it’s one of the few around the country that we’ve seen so far that focuses on the bins rather than having shelves lined with suppliers’ pre-packed food. Not only that, but the store is phasing out plastic bags for refills from the bin (brown paper bags only, but of course, the zero waste option is to BYO bags/containers). At the store you’ll find a wide array of dried food in bulk/unpackaged (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, legumes, flours, dried fruit, sundried tomatoes and pasta), a range of spices, sweets, treats and snacks, and liquid foods like vinegars, oils, honey, syrups etc.  They also have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar! This particular Bin Inn also sells shiitake mushrooms unpackaged (a real novelty to find unpackaged!), as well as cheese which you can have cut off the round and into your own container. All Bin Inns across the country offer a 5% discount if you bring your own bags and containers.
  • BearLion Foods, Carnaby Lane, 78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton – anything that this store sells in jars (e.g. muesli and other goods) can be brought back for refill (for which you’ll also receive a discount!), and they also encourage customers to BYO container for salads and other deli food.
 

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

  • Keep an eye out for local markets where you can get unpackaged goods like fruit and veg, bread, cheese etc. into your own bags/containers, or where stallholders offer a return/swap system for their packaging. Check out the Zero Waste in Christchurch homepage for more info.
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid‘s entire chocolate range comes in Econic home compostable packaging! You can get this at Switch Espresso, Carnaby Lane, 78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton; and Seaside Treasures Co-operative/Crafts & Knick Knacks, 133 The Mall, New Brighton. As a Trade Aid stockist this shop can also order any of Trade Aid’s products on request, just ask! We recommend Trade Aid‘s 2kg bags of sugar (the bags are 100% brown paper so are home compostable, but we also upcycle them as bulk bin bags – great for using at Bin Inn! – until they fall apart, then we compost them). We also think Trade Aid‘s coconut oil is great because it’s one of the few on the market that doesn’t have an annoying plastic seal around the lid.
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth chocolate comes in home compostable packaging and you can find it at Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Road, Richmond.
  • Pet food – Pets can eat zero waste too! You can get lots of dried pet food from bulk bins at both Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Road, Richmond and Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton. For raw pet food you can get cuts put into a BYO container at Four Paws Pantry, Eastgate Shopping Centre, 6 Buckleys Road, Linwood.

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Coffee – wherever possible, we encourage people to find places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged and have them put in BYO bags/containers. Christchurch boasts SO many roasters who are happy to do this, that it’s simply a matter of picking your favourite. In the East, you’ll find The Coffee Workshop, 24b Essex Street, Phillipstown, who do micro batch roasting while you wait; Vivace Espresso474 Tuam Street, Phillipstown; one of the many Coffee Culture cafes at The Palms, 5 New Brighton Road, Shirley; and Switch Espresso, Carnaby Lane, 78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton. You’ll also find loose/unpackaged coffee beans and a grinder at the two East Christchurch Bin Inn stores, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond, and 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton.
  • Tea – as most tea bags have plastic in them, we drink loose leaf teas. So we’re always on the lookout for loose leaf teas that you can get unpackaged. Usually this is not very easy in New Zealand. However, you can take your own bags/containers to fill up with loose leaf black and green teas at the two East Christchurch Bin Inn stores, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond, and 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton.
  • Beer – look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Some places that we found were the Wainoni Bottlestore, 65 Pages Rd, Wainoni, which sells a mixture of craft and standard beers on tap (around 20 taps!); Super Liquor, 55 Hawke St, New Brighton, which has several taps with beer and cider; and Brewers Union, who sell local craft beers and can be found at most farmers’ markets in the region.
  • Milk – Unless Happy Cow Milk opens up again, your best bet will be milk powder from a bulk bin at Bin Inn, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond, or the ingredients to make non-dairy milk from a bulk bin (i.e. oats, nuts, threaded coconut, rice).
  • Drinking Chocolate – both of East Christchurch’s Bin Inns sell loose/unpackaged drinking chocolate in bulk bins. The Richmond store also sells Milo in bulk bins, and the New Brighton store sells cocoa powder in the same way.

KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES

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 Marshall’s Health Shop, 110 Seaview Road, New Brighton.

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

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Coffee Culture, The Palms, 5 New Brighton Road, Shirley
  • Get the NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at @quisituons, Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley’s Road, Linwood.
  • Get the very leak proof Frank Green cups at Coffee Culture, The Palms, 5 New Brighton Road, Shirley

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 by My Vita Bag at Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond; and Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton. Also, there are locally made reusable ‘wet’ bags sold at 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton.

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

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at… (coming soon)
    • DIY – it’s way cheaper! You just need to get natural fibre fabric (cotton) and unpackaged beeswax. Keep an eye out at secondhand stores, and fabric and quilting stores for off-cuts of cotton. You can often find unpackaged beeswax at markets, or check the other sections of this shopping guide for where it might be sold in other areas of Christchurch.
  • 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 @quisituons, Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley’s Road, Linwood.

Low-waste dishwashing

We 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. Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond unpackaged cotton muslin cheese cloth (which could be used for many things, including a dishcloth).

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond – 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.
  • Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with. 

Laundry

  • Eco Planet and Next Generation laundry powder both come in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! You can get one or the other (or both) from most New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets – keep an eye out at your local.
  • 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton – sells natural, locally-made laundry powder packaged only in a brown paper bag. 

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda, epsom salts and washing soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond. Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton stocks cleaning grade baking soda.
  • Essential Oils – 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton is also home to When Your Sister’s a Witch, who does refills of essential oils (so you don’t have to buy a brand new bottle when you run out – woohoo!), which are often called for in homemade cleaning products.
  • 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 soap is sold at Homestead Health, The Palms, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley; and Marshall’s Health Shop, 110 Seaview Road, New Brighton.

Bathroom products

Bamboo Toothbrushes 

These are a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have wooden, home compostable handles (bristles are still plastic and need to be sent to landfill). You can get the Humble Brush brand at Homestead Health, and Life Pharmacy at The Palms, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley; the Go Bamboo brand is stocked in New Brighton at 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall and Marshall’s Health Shop, 110 Seaview Road.

Unpackaged Soap 

Get totally naked bars of soap at: 

  • Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond – several types (incl those made by Eco Store)
  • Homestead Health, The Palms, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley
  • Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street
  • 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall in New Brighton – sells the beautiful, locally made Panna Soaps.

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!

  • You can get 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) from Unichem Pharmacy, Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley’s Road, Linwood
  • Local company Panna Soaps also make shampoo and moisturiser bars, which are available, totally unpackaged, at 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall, New Brighton.
  • Check out Bexley-based artisan, natural soap company Luxi Buff. This company creates a variety of beautiful shampoo bars, as well as deodorants packaged only in a compostable cardboard tube. Check their website for local stockists, market appearances, or arrange a pick up from their studio in Bexley.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. You can get reusable, washable pads at 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton, locally-made (from recycled fabric) by Under Lexi’s Bed.

Shaving

Avoid plastic shavers that are designed to be disposable and go for 100% metal razors that will last you decades and only require the 100% metal and recyclable blades to be replaced (or sharpened with a leather strop!), and remember to use a bar of shaving soap instead of shaving foam that comes in an aerosol can (see above) – note, you’ll need a shaving brush to make this work. You can buy razors, replacement blades and shaving brushes at Brighton Barbershop, 55 Hawke St, New Brighton.

Other 

  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as just a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it (food grade) unpackaged in bulk from Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond
    • Refills of essential oils – 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton sells essential oils by When Your Sister’s a Witch, who does refills (so you don’t have to buy a brand new bottle when you run out – woohoo!), which are often called for in homemade bathroom products.


5 thoughts on “Zero Waste in East Christchurch”

  • Thanks so much for the name drop- 105 is an awesome collective in Brighton and I make the cloth liners and pouches. There’s a bunch of awesome things and people should come explore, grab a coffee and support the local artisans x

    • Awesome, Moana! Yes, peeps should totally come to 105 to explore, it’s incredible! So many goodies to be found 😀

  • So thankful for this, you are saving us all heaps of time trying to find places to go to shop better! I’ve been wanting Castile soap for ages but didn’t know anyone in Chch sold it! Also can’t wait to check out the bulk bins in Linwood and Phillipstown area! Thanks guys, really appreciate your efforts.

    • Also Luxi Buff (on FB) sells beautiful artisan soaps and natural hand made deo in compostable packing, in the Bexley area.

    • Thanks Dawn, glad this is helpful! Thanks for the tip too about Luxi Buff, they look excellent, will add them in! 😀

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