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)

  • 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! This particular Bin Inn also sells Loving Earth chocolate (which comes in Econic home-compostable packaging), 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.
  • 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.
  • Switch Espresso, Carnaby Lane, 78 Brighton Mall, New Brighton – sells Trade Aid chocolate (which comes in Econic home-compostable packaging).
  • Seaside Treasures Co-operative/Crafts & Knick Knacks, 133 The Mall, New Brighton – stocks Trade Aid chocolate (100g range), which comes in Econic home compostable packaging. 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.
  • Pet food – Pets need to eat 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

  • Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond – sells My Vita Bags 100% organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags and unpackaged cotton muslin cheese cloth (which could be used for many things, including a dishcloth).
  • @quisituons, Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley’s Road, Linwood – stocks reusable carry bags, Cuppa Coffee Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups) and silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to tin foil and plastic cling wrap).
  • Coffee Culture, The Palms, 5 New Brighton Road, Shirley – stocks branded Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, New Brighton – sells My Vita Bags 100% organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags.
  • 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton – sells locally made reusable wet bags.
  • Marshall’s Health Shop, 110 Seaview Road, New Brighton – sells Eco Tanker reusable metal water bottles.

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. Also stocks unpackaged/loose Epsom salts, washing soda and baking soda in bulk bins if you want to make your own cleaning products.
  • Homestead Health, The Palms, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley – stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • 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. This store also stocks cleaning grade baking soda if you want to make your own cleaning products.
  • 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton – sells natural, locally-made laundry powder packaged only in a brown paper bag. The Emporium 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.
  • Marshall’s Health Shop, 110 Seaview Road, New Brighton – stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).

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 – we believe soap doesn’t need packaging (it is made to clean, after all!). Thankfully, there are plenty of places that sell unpackaged soap: Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond stocks more than one type (incl those made by Eco Store); Homestead Health, The Palms, Corner Marshland & New Brighton Roads, Shirley; and Bin Inn New Brighton, 68 Hawke Street, and 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall in New Brighton (who sells the beautiful, locally made Panna Soaps).
  • Shampoo and Shaving Bars – get your shampoo and shaving soap in bar form and avoid paying for the added water (and the plastic/aluminium bottles they usually come in)! Unichem Pharmacy, Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley’s Road, Linwood stocks Ethique‘s range of awesome bar alternatives to toiletries – from shampoos and shaving soaps, through to body and facial cleansers and moisturisers. All Ethique’s products come in bar form in home compostable packaging. 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall, New Brighton sells Panna Soaps’ shampoo and moisturiser bars, which are totally unpackaged – yay!
  • Other – you can get loose/unpackaged food grade baking soda for making homemade toothpaste, deodorant and other toiletries at Bin Inn Stanmore Road, 341A Stanmore Rd, Richmond. There are heaps of useful bathroom products at 105 Artisan Emporium, 105 Brighton Mall New Brighton, like Go Bamboo cotton buds (which are home compostable), locally-made reusable/washable menstrual pads (made from recycled fabric) by Under Lexi’s Bed. The Emporium 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 bathroom products. For reusable razors and replaceable blades, ask at Brighton Barbershop, 55 Hawke St, New Brighton.


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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