Zero Waste in Grey and Westland Districts

Zero Waste in Grey and Westland Districts

This guide covers Grey and Westland districts only. For other parts of the West Coast Region, please refer to the Zero Waste in the West Coast Region 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. At the end of each district section, we also list community groups, council services and ideas for tricky waste streams in each district, so make sure you read down to that part too!

Westland/Grey Districts

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!

  • The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth –  this store offers a wide array of dried food in bulk bins/unpackaged (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, legumes, flours, dried fruit and pasta), a range of spices, sweets, treats and snacks, baking goods like food-grade baking soda and several liquid foods, like vinegars, oils, syrups and tahini. They also have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar!
  • Delivery from Kominaya Organics – you can order your wholefoods directly from Westport-based packaging-free store Kominaya Organics. These can be sent anywhere on the West Coast and will be sent to you plastic-free (though, in brown paper bags, so not technically a zero waste option). Kominaya Organics stocks a wide range of dried food in bulk bins/unpackaged (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, legumes, flours, and dried fruit), a range of herbs and spices, and baking goods like food-grade baking soda.
  • Supermarkets (New World Greymouth, 128 High Street, Greymouth; Countdown Greymouth, 174 Mawhera Quay, Greymouth; New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika; Four Square Stafford Street, 140 Stafford Street, Hokitika) – these supermarkets have bulk bin/pick and mix sections with wholefoods (BYO bags for these). However they’re pretty expensive, often more so than equivalent ingredients in packets (bah!), and more so than the bulk bins at places like The Cook’s Pantry or Kominaya Organics.
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese

Places that sell unpackaged meat (including sausages and smallgoods), seafood and cheese who are happy for you to BYO container to put the unpackaged goods in.

  • Westfleet Fresh, 69 Gresson Street, Greymouth
  • The Butchers Block, 17 Robinson Street, Blaketown, Greymouth
  • The Butcher’s Block, 297 Kaniere Road, Kaniere
    Thomson’s Homekill Butchery, 26 Wanganui Flat Road, Hari Hari – call in advance to see what is available
  • Stella Cafe & Cheesery, 84 Revell Street, Hokitika – you can get unpackaged cuts of expensive fancy cheese off the wheel into your own container.
  • New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika –  stocks unpackaged live mussels at a self-serve counter. We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide.
  • Four Square Franz Josef, 24 Main Road, Franz Josef – if you let them know in advance (for example, by giving them a phone call), the owners have specified that you can have unpackaged cuts of meat put aside for you to pick up in your own container.
  • 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 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! Supermarkets with delis: New World Greymouth, 128 High Street, Greymouth; and New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika.

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).

  • Stone Oven Bakery & Cafe, 105 Revell Street, Hokitika
  • New World Greymouth, 128 High Street, Greymouth
  • New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika
  • Four Square Stafford Street, 140 Stafford Street, Hokitika – only bakery goods are unpackaged (not loaves of bread, but they may be willing to leave some aside if you ask…).
  • Four Square Franz Josef, 24 Main Road, Franz Josef – owners are happy to set aside (i.e. not pre-package) some of their bread and baked goods if you let them know in advance.
Markets and other low-waste goodies you might not have thought of
  • The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth – stocks Trade Aid chocolate which comes in Econic home compostable packaging!
  • Local Crafts & Honey Stall, (a few Ks north of Hokitika on State Highway 6) – honey in refillable glass jars (if you prearrange, you can also leave your own empty jars for honey refills).
  • New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika – stocks Loving Earth raw chocolate which comes in home compostable packaging.
  • Box of Delights, 106 Revell Street, Hokitika – stocks a range of unpackaged sweets you can put in your own bags.
  • Sweet Alice’s Fudge Kitchen, 27 Tancred Street, Hokitika – makes and sells unpackaged fudge.
  • Four Square Stafford Street, 140 Stafford Street, Hokitika – stocks some snacks & sweets in bulk bins.
  • Carnipaws, 25 Sewell Street, Hokitika – sells unpackaged bones, dog biscuits and treats for your pets – BYO bags/containers.
  • Markets: Greymouth Sunday MarketTai Poutini Polytechnic, 73-87 Tainui Street, Greymouth; Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika – there’s nothing like going along to your local market to find packaging-free food. Shopping local is a great way to reduce waste because the food and goods don’t have to travel long distances and because you can have direct one-on-one conversations with the grower or producer, explaining that you don’t want their beautiful product in a packet, and brainstorming alternatives together (a kind of conversation/collaboration that is very difficult to have with a supermarket!!). For example, even if the seller has already packaged up the goods, often you can ask to have them transferred to your own bag/container and have the seller keep their bag/container for reuse. Or ask the seller if they ever take back returned empties (whether glass jars for preserves or glass pottles for cosmetics/beauty products) for sterilisation and refill. Often the answer is yes! For example, at the Revell Street Market in Hokitika you can get local honey in returnable/refillable glass jars (Paparoa Bee Company and Blue Spur Milk & Honey), and packaging-free produce from the Fruit Madness stall.
  • Options for zero waste fruit and vege box delivieries – On the West Coast you have two options for zero waste fruit and veg boxes. Fruit Madness run a very affordable, packaging-free (apart from the occasional brown paper bag) fruit and veggie box delivery for Grey and Westland districts (there may be the odd brown paper bag). Most of the produce is NZ-grown too. Nice! If you’re into organics, then check out Fresh2U Organic Food Delivery – organic, Tasman-grown fruit + vege boxes with NO packaging delivered to your door, anywhere on the West Coast in an upcycled cardboard box! The odd item might occasionally come in plastic, if you don’t want this, simply say that you want a 100% plastic-free/packaging-free box when you set up your order and the business owner and packer, Lucy, will ensure no plastic gets in your box. If you’re looking for local, hassle-free organic produce that is zero waste, Fresh2U is absolutely one to check out!

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Milk – the best option for low waste milk on the West Coast is at CJs Fresh Milk, 26 North Beach Road, Cobden, Greymouth. They have a vending machine system, so just bring your own 1L glass bottle to fill up, or you can buy one there. Being able to reuse glass bottles is the ultimate in zero waste for drinks and liquid foods – they can virtually go round forever (provided they don’t get dropped and smash!). However, if you’re not keen on the glass reuse system, for whatever reason, there’s always milk powder – you can buy this unpackaged at The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth.
  • 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.
    • In Greymouth, you can get Prima Roastery (a Christchurch based roastery) coffee beans unpackaged (whole or ground) from The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street (incidentally, Caffe Prima sends the bulk beans to The Cook’s Pantry in home compostable packaging, so check with the store that they are in fact composting the bags – if they aren’t, you might want to help out and offer to take them to your home compost 🙂 ).
    • In Hokitika, you have two options: you can get unpackaged Havana coffee beans put into BYO bags/containers at The Hokitika Sandwich Company, 83 Revell Street; or at Stella Cafe at 84 Revell Street you can get unpackaged coffee beans by Underground Coffee Company put into BYO bags/container – just ask nicely and go at a time when the cafe is not too busy (or else you may be waiting a while…).
    • In Glacier Country, Full of Beans Cafe, 2902 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef can put unpackaged coffee beans into your own bag/container.
    • ALSO, a thing to be proud of, Westland District is one of the only places in the country with a cafe that has totally phased out disposable takeaway coffee cups! That’s the cafe at Ōkārito Kayaks, 1 The Strand, Ōkārito – awesome!
  • Tea – most tea bags have plastic in them, so we encourage people to drink loose leaf teas. We’re always on the lookout for loose leaf teas that you can get unpackaged. You can get loose leaf black tea (as well as teabags, though remember they are likely to contain a plastic sealant) at The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth. If you want herbal teas, just go foraging! 😉
  • Beer/alcohol – look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. We found taps at Liquorland Recreation, 68 High Street, Greymouth; Super Liquor Hokitika, 121 Revell Street, Hokitika; and The Bottle-O Hokitika, 56/60 Tancred Street, Hokitika (sometimes has craft beer on tap). Or else, most liquor stores do ‘swappa crates’ of beer – i.e. crates of twelve 745ml bottles of classic NZ beer (e.g. Lion Red/Brown, Speights, Tui, Export Gold etc.) which can be returned (when the bottles are empty) so that the bottles can then be sterilised and reused (a better outcome for glass bottles than recycling because reusing the same bottle over and over requires way less energy and resources than recycling).
  • Drinking Chocolate – The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth stocks organic drinking chocolate unpackaged.
  • Kombucha – you can find Crafty Gran Kombucha at the Local Crafts & Honey Stall, (a few Ks north of Hokitika on State Highway 6). This is kombucha in refillable glass bottles (if you prearrange, you can also leave your own empty bottles for kombucha refills).

KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES

For a whole range of kitchen/food packaging alternatives, check out Daily Use which runs out of Hari Hari! You can order items online, but you can also arrange pick-up if you’re local. Mean!

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 The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth (metal), Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika (metal), GiftNZ, 23 Tancred Street, Hokitika (metal  & glass), Four Square Franz Josef, 24 Main Road, Franz Josef  (metal), Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef (metal) and Fern Grove Gifts & Souvenirs, 26 State Highway 6, Franz Josef (metal & plastic).

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in Westland and Grey Districts:
  • Get the NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at GiftNZ, 23 Tancred Street, Hokitika; Sunshinz Fashion and Beauty, 29 Weld Street, Hokitika; Pukeko Store & Cafe, Main Road, Harihari; Full of Beans Cafe, 2902 Franz Josef Highway, Franz Josef; West Coast Wildlife Centre, Corner Cowan & Cron Streets, Franz Josef; Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef; and Fox Glacier Guiding/Hobnail Giftshop, 44 Main Road, Fox Glacier.
  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Ramble & Ritual, 51 Sewell Street, Hokitika (this cafe also welcomes BYO containers/cups for takeaways, and charges 50c extra for people who want their takeaways in disposable containers).
  • Joco Cups are sold at Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika.
  • You can get Lower Hutt-made Ideal Cup with a ‘glacier’ logo at the Franz Josef i-SITE, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef
  • There are reusable stainless steel coffee cups sold at Glacier Motors (Allied Petroleum), corner of Condon Street & Main Road, Franz Josef, and Fox Glacier General Store, 37 Main Road, Fox Glacier.

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 Rethink 100% organic cotton produce & string bags at New World Greymouth, 128 High Street, Greymouth, or My Vita Bag 100% organic cotton produce/bulk bag packs at Four Square Franz Josef, 24 Main Road, Franz Josef.

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 Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef.

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

  • Beeswax wrap – available at Pink Possum Quilting, 511 State Highway 6, Coal Creek, Greymouth, Gibson & Co, 6 Guinness Street, Greymouth, Local Crafts & Honey Stall, (a few Ks north of Hokitika on State Highway 6), Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika and Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef. You can also make your own beeswax wraps! 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, or see if you can get some upcycled natural fibre fabric from Pink Possum Quilting, 511 State Highway 6, Greymouth, Sew Hokitika, 139 Hampden Street, Hokitika or Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef. Get unpackaged beeswax at the Local Crafts & Honey Stall, (a few Ks north of Hokitika on State Highway 6) and Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika (through Paparoa Bee Company and Blue Spur Milk & Honey).
  • 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 Gibson & Co, 6 Guinness Street, Greymouth.

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.

  • You can get the Budget brand 100% cotton dishcloths at New World Greymouth, 128 High Street, Greymouth; New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika; Four Square Franz Josef, 24 Main Road, Franz Josef; and On the Spot Express, 5 Pauareka Street, Haast.
  • 100% cotton flannels that could be used as dishcloths are sold at the Hokitika SPCA Opshop, 108 Revell Street.
  • For something a little more fancy, get the Bianca Lorenne 100% cotton cloths at The Vintage Tree, 81 Revell Street, Hokitika.
  • If you want to try your hand at knitting or crocheting your own dishcloth, head to Sew Hokitika, 139 Hampden Street, Hokitika for your 100% cotton yarns (and potentially some assistance and advice!).

CLEANING PRODUCTS

  • The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth – stocks a range of commercial liquid cleaning products that you can BYO bottles to fill with. They also stock epsom salts, nappy wash, laundry powder and dishwash powder unpackaged in bulk.
  • SoapNuts – these are a compostable alternative to laundry detergent and this particular brand comes in a cardboard box with no plastic lining. Find it at Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika.
  • Ingredients for homemade cleaning products:
    • Baking soda, washing soda, soda ash, white vinegar – find these in the bulk bins at The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth
    • Bars of castile soap (which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid) – get locally made castile soap by The Crafty Chook (the castile bar is called Naked As”) at Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika. Otherwise you can get Dr Bronner’s castile soap bars at Health 2000 Greymouth81 Mackay Street, Greymouth.
  • New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika – stocks Go Bamboo pegs made from bamboo with a metal spring mechanism.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

For a whole range of zero waste bathroom products, check out Daily Use which runs out of Hari Hari! You can order items online, but you can also arrange pick-up if you’re local. Mean!

Bamboo Toothbrushes 

These are 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 get the Humble Brush brand at Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef and Fox Glacier Guiding/Hobnail Giftshop, 44 Main Road, Fox Glacier. You’ll find the Go Bamboo and Grin brands at New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika.

Unpackaged bars of Soap 

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

  • Greymouth Sunday Market, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 73-87 Tainui Street, Greymouth
  • Nimmo Gallery & Store, 102 Mackay Street, Greymouth – locally made by Blue Spur Milk & Honey and Fair & Squaremade in Northland.
  • Flair, 79 Mackay Street, Greymouth – Nelson-based Global Soap
  • The Cook’s Pantry, 35 Guinness Street, Greymouth – locally made by Omoto Valley Soap
  • Westland Pharmacy, 10 Weld Street, Hokitika
  • Fleur De Lis Florist, 109 Revell Street, Hokitika
  • Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika – locally made by Blue Spur Milk & Honey.
  • Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika – locally made by The Crafty Chook.
  • Tui Gallery, 20 Main Road, Franz Josef – locally made by The Glacier Soap Company.
  • Glacier Base Gift Shop, 63 Cron Street, Franz Josef – locally made by The Crafty Chook.
  • Glacier Shop, 29 Main Road, Franz Josef – felted soap.

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 Blue Spur Milk & Honey shampoo and lotion bars, as well as various lotions/salves which are either packaged in compostable cardboard or in glass jars which you can return to be washed and reused, at Nimmo Gallery & Store, 102 Mackay Street, Greymouth; and Revell Street Market, 51 Revell Street, Hokitika.
  • Flair, 79 Mackay Street, Greymouth – stocks Global Soap’s 3-in-1 shampoo/shave/shower bar.
  • Hokitika i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, 36 Weld Street, Hokitika – stocks two types of shampoo bars locally made by The Crafty Chook.
  • Tui Gallery, 20 Main Road, Franz Josef – stocks shampoo bars locally made by Glacier Naturals.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. Menstrual cups are popular with many women. These are stocked at Westland Pharmacy, 10 Weld Street, Hokitika and New World Hokitika, 116 Revell Street, Hokitika.

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 – you’ll need a shaving brush to make this work. You can buy razors, replacement blades and shaving brushes from High Street Barber, 12 High Street, Greymouth. Many pharmacies also stock shaving brushes, such as Unichem Olsen’s Pharmacy, Corner Tainui and Guiness Streets, Greymouth.

Other

  • Get reusable nappies and unpackaged bath bombs at the Greymouth Sunday Market, Tai Poutini Polytechnic, 73-87 Tainui Street, Greymouth.
  • Tahi Skincare oil blends, which come in glass vials with metal screw lid, are sold at Nimmo Gallery & Store, 102 Mackay Street, Greymouth.
  • Glacier Motors (Allied Petroleum), corner of Condon Street & Main Road, Franz Josef sells individual rolls of toilet paper, wrapped in tissue paper.
 
 


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