Zero Waste in Hawke’s Bay

Zero Waste in Hawke’s Bay


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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. These shops stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or operate return & refill systems for their packaging), allowing you to put these goods straight into your own bags, jars, containers and bottles, and skip the packaging!

  • Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – offers an impressive array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), heaps of loose spices, herbs and tea infusions, liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and tamari).
  • The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier – the highlight of this store is a massive range of dried food bulk bin goods in all shapes, sizes and colours. They have all the usual suspects – from grains and flours, to dried fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, legumes, muesli – but the range of different types of each thing they have on offer is quite stand-out.
  • Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier – Hawke’s Bay’s first dedicated zero waste store, offering a wide range of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, legumes, dried fruit, spices, herbs), liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and tamari), as well as fruit and veg. There’s also a nut butter machine so you can BYO jar and make nut butter before your eyes – yay! The food in Unpakd is predominantly organic.
  • Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa – a good range of organic grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, flour and sugar in bulk. You can also get apple cider vinegar refills in your own bottle.
  • Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), a range of spices, liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and syrups), sweets and treats, and items essential for zero waste living, such as baking soda, salt and other specialty baking/cooking goods. They also have a peanut butter machine and coffee beans with on-site grinder. All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Moshims Discount Hastings, 505 Heretaunga St West, Hastings – offers a wide range of unpackaged dried food in bulk, including grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, and lots of spices.
  • Luv Fresh Fruit Vege & Indian Grocery, 815 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings – offers a wide range of unpackaged dried food in bulk, including grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, and lots of spices.
  • Rathour Foodstore Indian Asian Grocery, 500 Queen Street West, Hastings – offers a wide range of unpackaged dried food in bulk, including grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, and lots of spices.
  • Corner Foodstore Indian & Asian Groceries, 410 St Aubyn Street East, Hastings – offers a good range of unpackaged dried food in bulk, including grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, and lots of spices.
  • HongKeLong Asian Food, 8 Austin St, Onekawa, Napier – offers rice, grains, beans and flours in bulk bins.
  • Onekawa Food Store, 140 Taradale Rd, Onekawa, Napier – offers rice, grains, legumes, flours, and a range of spices in bulk bins.
  • Beagle’s Bees 100% Honey is one great find at the Famers Market. Their honey is unheated, unfiltered, untreated and organic – and return the jars for a 50c refund, which are then sterilized and reused!
  • There are a few places where you can get refills of local olive oil (BYO bottles!): AquiFerra at the Farmers Market; at Naughton Road Organics; and at Telegraph Hill Olivery, Hastings
  • Supermarkets – all major supermarkets in Wellington have well stocked 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 Cornucopia or Chantal’s.


The following shops sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods and will happily put these straight into a BYO container – woohoo!

  • Taradale Quality Meats, 294 Gloucester Street, Taradale
  • Clive Butchery, 189 Main Road, Clive
  • The Organic Farm Butchery, 300 Eastbourne Street, Hastings – if you call in advance, you can drop off a container (a day or so in advance) to have unpackaged meat put into.
  • The Bald Butcher, 403 Riverslea Road North, Hastings – BYO container OK, as long as it’s not glass
  • Holly Bacon, corner of Warren & St Aubyn Streets, Hastings – will put unpackaged bacon in your own container
  • The Village Butcher, 4 Joll Road, Havelock North – mostly use brown paper for wrapping, but happy to accept BYO containers
  • Gourmeats, 6 Donnelly Street, Havelock North – everything in the deli is prewrapped, but certain products are still unwrapped out back and can be put into BYO containers. But for example, the lamb products are processed and packaged offsite.
  • Waipawa Butchery, 72 High Street, Waipawa
  • Hawkes Bay Seafoods, 916 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings – fresh fish and seafood
  • Pak’NSave Hastings, 602 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings – self-serve whole fish and squid
  • Tangaroa Seafoods, 7 Tangaroa Street, Ahuriri, Napier – they encourage customers to bring their own containers for both unpackaged seafood and Waipawa sausages.
  • Live mussels – there are a few stores around town that stock unpackaged live mussels at self-serve counters. We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide. You can find unpackaged live mussels at PAK’nSAVE, Durham Ave, Napier; PAK’nSAVE Hastings, 602 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings, New World Havelock North, Porter Drive, Havelock North, New World Waipukurau, 27 Russell Street, Waipukurau and New World Wairoa, Queen Street, Wairoa.
  • Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – if you’d like unpackaged cheddar, drop your container off at Cornucopia and when they are cutting their cheddar they can put whatever amount of cheese you’d like into your container for you. They’ll give you a call when your container with cheese in it is ready to be picked up!
  • The Dutch Shop, 208 Havelock Road, Hastings – get unpackaged cuts of cheese off the round straight into a BYO container here.
  • Origin Earth Factory Shop, 393 Te Mata Road, Havelock North – get larger cuts of cheese put into your own container here (smaller cuts are less feasible) – probably best to call in advance to let them know you would like this. Otherwise, get smaller cuts into BYO containers at the Origin Earth stall at the farmers’ market.
  • Hohepa, 363 Main Road, Clive AND at the Hastings Farmers Market – will do cuts of cheese off the wheel straight into your BYO container. They like to wrap the cheese in greaseproof paper before putting the cut into the container, but they are happy to do this with a honey wrap instead, if you bring your own along.
  • Supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering unpackaged meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more. All Countdown, New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets officially allow you to BYO container for these goods!


The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (in some of these stores some items might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). Simply BYO bread 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 before they do that (i.e. before 1pm).

  • Baker’s Delight, Corner Nelson and Queen Street West, Hastings
  • Ya Bon French Baker, 216 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings
  • The Artisan, 110 Queen Street East, Hastings
  • OMGoodness106 Queen Street East, Hastings and at the Hastings Farmers Market – probably the most amazing gluten free (and vegan and paleo!) bread we have tried in the country. The bakery also doubles as a community space open for anyone to hang out, get some work done, and also open for workshops and talks.
  • Harald’s Bread World, Hastings Farmers Market
  • Jacksons Artisan Foods, 15 Middle Road, Havelock North
  • Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa
  • New Century Bakery, Gloucester Street, Taradale
  • The Picnic Cafe, 12 Mahia Street, Ahuriri, Napier
  • Osler’s Bakery & Cafe, Marine Parade, Wairoa
  • Most supermarkets (and even some Four Squares) stock unpackaged bread, bread rolls and/or bakery goods in their bakery section – just pop them into your BYO bags!


  • Markets – No two ways about it, if you want a good source of unpackaged (often locally grown) produce, markets are the place to go! At most markets you can meet the grower/producer face-to-face, making them an ideal place to start fruitful conversations about waste-free food, and to develop relationships and systems that enable you to get your favourite fruit, vege and preserves without the packaging. You may also find local producers of pre-made foods like tofu, preserves and sauces etc. Have a chat to see if you can leave containers with the stall holders for 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.  Hawke’s Bay is blessed with several farmers’ markets, so head down to your local spot on the weekend – Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Markets in Hastings on Sundays and Napier on Saturdays. BYO containers and bags for fresh, local produce, and other delicacies like cheese off the block, preserves, and much more!
  • Trade Aid, 11 Napier Rd, Havelock North and 127 Hastings St, Napier South, Napier – Trade Aid’s 1.5kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are compostable also when they do wear out. Trade Aid’s coconut oil is one of the few on the market that does not have a plastic seal around the lid. Apart from the Trade Aid shop in Havelock North or Napier, you can also find these products at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings. 
  • Unpackaged sweets and chocolate
    • Birdwoods Sweet Shop, 298 Middle Road, Havelock North – get all the unpackaged lollies you could possibly imagine into your own jar!
    • Le Petite Chocolat, 207 Heretaunga East, Hastings – get your chocolates straight into your own container, and ask at the counter to have the drinking chocolate, chocolate buttons and cocoa powder put into your own bags or containers.
  • Magic Beans Hawkes Bay – a Facebook group set up for people of Hawke’s Bay to share their fresh produce with others. No money is exchanged – just grown, foraged or preserved food swapped! Join the group for a great way to share unpackaged food around 🙂
  • Nourished for Nil, 1000 Karamu Rd, Hastings – something a little bit different; a non-profit organisation which rescues surplus food that would otherwise go to waste from various outlets around town and then redistributes them for free at their venue on Karamu Rd. Anyone can visit the venue for food, no questions asked, but it’s  zero waste operation so you need to BYO bags and containers – yay!


Look out for places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged, and bring your own bag and container to fill. Going direct to coffee roasters is the best option, but you can also look out for bulk dispensers of unpackaged coffee in other stores (which usually have in-store grinders also). Here are the spots we found that offer these options:


We avoid teabags as most have plastic in them, which we don’t want in our tea or our soil. Using loose leaf tea is an easy way to get around this. The trick is to find somewhere that sells loose leaf tea packaging-free, so you can put the leaves straight into BYO jars/containers! You’ll find loose tea leaves in bulk dispensers at:

  • Persephone in 50c refund returnable glass jars at the Hastings Farmers Market
  • Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings
  • Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier.
  • The Naturopath at Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings Street, Napier, will fill your own container with loose leaf herbal tea if you ask nicely
  • Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa – you can get a couple of Heke Homemade Herbals loose leaf teas
  • Loose leaf black tea at Moshims Discount Hastings, 505 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; and Indian Asian Grocery, Queen Street West, Hastings.


Sourcing cow’s milk without the plastic bottles or non-dairy milk without the dreaded Tetra-pak is no mean feat! We’ve found the following options:

  • Milk on tap or from a vending machine – milk is available on tap at Origin Earth Factory Shop, 393 Te Mata Road, Havelock North (see the details here). OR check out the very cool Replenish & Co Milk Truck or the Barefoot Bottles Milk Truck, both of which bring Origin Earth’s milk to you! The trucks appear in different spots around Hawkes Bay throughout the week (Replenish appears around Havelock North, Hastings and areas south of the Clive River, Barefoot Bottles goes to Napier, Taradale, and some areas North of the Clive River). Simply turn up with your BYO bottle and fill up with milk straight from the mobile milk tank – woah! To find out where the trucks will be and when, check out their timetables on their Facebook pages.
  • Milk powder in bulk bins – available at Rathour Foodstore Indian Asian Grocery, 500 Queen Street West, Hastings, Corner Foodstore Indian & Asian Groceries, St Aubyn Street East, Hastings, and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 281A Gloucester St, Taradale.


Look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Breweries are awesome, but lots of liquor stores offer this option too! We found beer on tap at:

Also, don’t forget that 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) and are then sent back to the brewery for sterilisation and refill (a better outcome for glass bottles than recycling because reusing the same bottle over and over requires way less energy and resources than recycling).


  • Kombucha – Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier has kombucha on tap – BYO bottle!
  • Ginger beer – on tap at Roosters Brew House, 1470 Omahu Rd, Flaxmere – BYO bottle!


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 Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Creative Treasures, 315 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings (glass); Adamo, 8 Joll Road, Havelock North (metal); Cadeaux, 2/7 Joll Road, Havelock North (metal & glass); Village Green Cafe, 4 Donnelly Street, Havelock North (glass); Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings (metal); Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier (metal); Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier; Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa (metal); Index, 8 High Street, Waipawa (metal); Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember, 93 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau (metal); and Country Collectables, 115 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau (metal).

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in Hawke’s Bay:

  • Find the KeepCup brand at Stevens Hastings, Inside Farmers Home, 244 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings; Source Cafe, 2 Puketapu Road, Taradale; Bay Espresso, 280 Gloucester Street, Taradale; Stevens Napier, 142 – 176 Hastings Street (inside Farmers), Napier; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier.
  • The NZ made Cuppa Coffee Cup is sold at Browndog Espresso, 12-14 Clifton Road, Haumoana; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; and Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier.
  • Locally-made ceramic reusable takeaway coffee cups can be found at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier (made by Kapu Uku – potters Alex Wilkinson and Lee Samuel) and Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings (made by local potter Kim Morgan).
  • The NZ-made Ideal Cup at Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings.
  • Zuperzozial coffee cups are sold at Black Barn Kitchen (at Black Barn Vineyards), 34 Black Barn Road, Havelock North
  • Oasis Eco Cup can be found at Adamo, 8 Joll Road, Havelock North and Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale (as well as Wake Cup glass coffee cups)
  • Sol glass coffee cups are sold at Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North; Village Green Cafe, 4 Donnelly Street, Havelock North; and Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier.
  • Moana Road double-walled stainless steel reusable takeaway coffee cups available at Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings.
  • Dr Stow coffee cups can be found at Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa.
  • Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember, 93 Ruataniwha Street , Waipukurau stocks a range of different types of reusable coffee cups.
  • Think Cup are available at Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa.

If you’re after a reusable smoothie cup (with reusable lid and straw!!), find at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier.

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 Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier; Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier; and Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa (also stocks U-Konserve containers). Bento Ninja stainless steel lunchboxes are available at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier. Full Circle Eco Store also stocks Lunchbox Inc stainless steel lunchboxes.

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:

  • Get 100% organic cotton Rethink NZ or My Vita Bag produce and bulk bin bags at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings, The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier, Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier, Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier, Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa (here also Byrez 100% cotton produce/bulk bin bags), and just the produce bags at Blackbird Goods, 25 Dalton St, Napier, and Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa. 
  • Environment Centre Hawkes Bay, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings – stocks 100% organic cotton bulk and produce bags by My Vita Bag
  • Cornucopia, ChantalFull Circle and Eco Kiosk also stock various other reusable bags, so take your pick (but we don’t recommend buying bags made from synthetic fibres as these leach and shed plastic microfibres into the air and waterways). 
  • Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings stocks reusable wet bags and drawstring cotton bulk bin bags. 
  • Four Square Waipawa, 36 High St, Waipawa stocks reusable produce (potato) bags. 
  • Keep your eyes out for locally-made Boomerang Bags, which are also all around Hawkes Bay – yay!

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 straw instead. You can get reusable straws from Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier (metal, bamboo, and silicone options); Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings (metal. silicone and glass options); The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier (including metal, glass or bamboo options); Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier; Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 281A Gloucester St, Taradale; Magpie Collective, 203 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; Adamo, 8 Joll Road, Havelock North; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; and Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa.

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

  • Beeswax wrap 
    • Purchase at – the Hastings Famers Market (direct from Lily Bee Wrap), Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Black Barn Kitchen, 34 Black Barn Road, Havelock North Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North (plastic wrapped); Adamo, 8 Joll Road, Havelock North; Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa, and Purple Petals, 5 Paul Street, Wairoa.
    • DIY: waaay cheaper! You just need natural fibre fabric and unpackaged beeswax. You can get off-cuts of natural fibre fabric at Christabels Liberty Fabric, 86 Kopanga Road, Havelock North; Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Kelly Brown’s Home Textiles, 248 Gloucester Street, Taradale; JJ’s Crafts, 243 Gloucester St, Taradale; Little and Fox, 48 West Quay, Ahuriri; Wool ‘N’ Things, 26 Maadi Road, Onekawa, Napier; and Curtis Fabrics, 79 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau. Unpackaged beeswax is sold at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Humanity Books and Fine Arts Supplies, 107 Karamu Rd, Hastings; and Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa.
  • Agreena Wrap – a thin, reusable, silicone wrap that can replace cling wrap, tin foil and baking paper. Very popular and available at Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Munch reusable sandwich bags and/or wraps from Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier; and Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa. You can get Sachi lunch pockets from Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale. Black Barn Kitchen, 34 Black Barn Road, Havelock North; Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North; and Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier sell Zuperzozial washable paper bags.
  • Silicone Pot/Bowl Covers – 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 @cquistions, 69 Emerson St, Napier; Stevens Hastings, Inside Farmers Home, 244 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings; Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North; Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale; Stevens Napier, 142 – 176 Hastings Street (inside Farmers), Napier; and Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember, 93 Ruataniwha Street , Waipukurau. Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings also stocks stretchy silicone pot/bowl covers – very handy!


Refills of cleaning products

The following stores stock liquid and/or powdered cleaning products in bulk dispensers – BYO bottles/containers!

  • Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings.
  • Pure Blend, 10c Murray Place, Hastings – this is the amazing Pure Blend factory shop where you can get refills of any of Pure Blend‘s huge range of cleaning products into BYO bottles and containers.
  • Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings – just about any cleaning product (liquid or powdered) you can imagine is available on tap at this store in their Refilling Room – BYO bottles and containers! There are products by Wendyl’s, Pure BlendEcostore and a commercial eco cleaner manufacturer in Papamoa – so take your pick! Apart from the Ecostore range, all the bulk product dispensers are returned to the manufacturers when empty for refill – so really is low-waste. The Hastings store is much smaller so accordingly has a smaller range of options.
  • Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier – stocks in bulk Wendyl’s liquid and powder cleaning products and Dream Eco‘s liquid cleaning products.
  • Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier – stocks a wide range of Pure Blend cleaning products on tap – just BYO bottle (the store’s empty dispensers get returned to Pure Blend for refill, so there’s no waste – yay!)
  • Dream Eco, 68 Wakefield Street, Onekawa, Napier – full BYO bottles with Dream Eco‘s liquid cleaning products range at the Dream Eco shop!
  • Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier.

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Magpie Collective, 203 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North; Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 281A Gloucester St, Taradale; Blackbird Goods, 25 Dalton St, Napier; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa.

You can also get wooden veggie brushes with plant fibre bristles which can also be used as dishbrushes (they just don’t have a handle) and will also be home compostable when they eventually reach the end of their life. You can get these from Environment Centre Hawkes Bay, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale; and Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa.

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 Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings (SPRUCE); Black Barn Kitchen, 34 Black Barn Road, Havelock North (Wet-it!); and Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale (Wet-it!); The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier (Wet-it!); Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings (SPRUCE); Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier (SPRUCE).
  • Get lovely, locally-made 100% cotton dishcloths from Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings and Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier.
  • For various brands of 100% rayon/cotton/linen dishcloths, find them at Magpie Collective, 203 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North; Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale; Blackbird Goods, 25 Dalton St, Napier; and Vintage Artisans74b High St, Waipawa.
  • If you’re after a coarser scrubby, you can get the Safix 100% coconut fibre coarse scrubby/scourer from Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; or various kinds of natural scrubbies from Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North and Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier.
  • For something a bit fancy, get Bianca Lorenne 100% cotton cloths from Kelly Brown’s Home Textiles, 248 Gloucester Street, Taradale; The Flower Barrow, 229 Gloucester Street, Taradale

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is also made of cardboard. Find it at PAK’nSAVE Napier, Munroe Street, Napier; PAK’nSAVE, Durham Ave, Napier; New World Greenmeadows, Tamatea Road, Napier; New World Hastings, 400 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Four Square Cape View, 12 Clifton Road, Haumoana; New World Waipukurau, 27 Russell Street, Waipukurau; and New World Wairoa, Queen Street, Wairoa.
  • Non-plastic clothes pegs – Go Bamboo pegs (bamboo with a metal spring mechanism are available at Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings. Bento Ninja stainless steel pegs available at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; and Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa.
  • Soapnuts – natural nut shells that release saponin (like soap) in water and can be used for laundry. Once spent, the shells can be composted. You can find the Soapnuts brand, which comes in a cardboard box, no plastic lining, at Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; Environment Centre Hawkes Bay, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; or Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier. Find That Red House soapnuts that come in a brown paper bag inside a cotton bag at Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – find this in bulk bins at Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier; Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Rathour Foodstore Indian Asian Grocery, 500 Queen Street West, Hastings; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier; and The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier.
  • Washing soda – available in bulk bins at Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier.
  • Borax – available in bulk at Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier.
  • White vinegar – available on tap at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier.
  • Bars of castile soap/dishwashing bars (which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid) – get locally-made Pure Blend dishwash bars at Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings. Or else, you can find Wellington-made Hopi brand at Creative Treasures, 315 Heretaunga St West, Hastings, or Dr Bronner’s castile bars at Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Health 2000, 235 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings; and The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier.
  • Wendyl’s liquid castile soap – available on tap at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier.


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 – or recycled through the TERRACYCLE scheme at The Environment Centre, Karamu Road, Hastings, if you put the bristles in a floss container). You can find bamboo toothbrushes at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Hastings UFS Dispensary Pharmacy, 308 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings; Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; Unichem Jeff Whittaker Pharmacy, 10 Napier Road, Havelock North; New World Havelock North, Porter Drive, Havelock North; Health 2000 Taradale, Gloucester Street, Taradale; New World Greenmeadows, Tamatea Road, Napier; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; New World Waipukurau, 27 Russell Street, Waipukurau; and New World Wairoa, Queen Street, Wairoa.
  • Dental Floss – Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier stocks Do Gooder floss, which comes in a refillable glass tube with a screw on metal lid. The WHITE floss is made of 100% silk and is home compostable (the black, bamboo and activated charcoal floss has polyester in it so is landfill only). When you run out of the floss, no need to get a new dispenser, you can get refills of the floss in a cardboard box from Full Circle as well – just pop the refill into your original metal/glass dispenser. Both Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings, and Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa stock The Eco Floss in a glass dispenser. The floss is PLA, which is compostable. However, 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. Note that currently The Eco Floss does not offer floss refills.
  • Toothpaste – you can get both fluoridated and non-fluoridated toothpaste tabs (basically a tablet of toothpaste you chew on and it becomes like standard toothpaste) that come in either a cardboard box, glass bottles or aluminium tins (no plastic) from Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier, and Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings. Eco Kiosk also stocks Pure Blend liquid toothpaste in an aluminium bottle with a plastic pump – when it’s empty, the tube can be recycled, and you simply get a new, refill tube that you then pop your plastic pump from the previous bottle into. Easy! Or even better, head to Pure Blend, 10c Murray Place, Hastings – the factory shop, where you can get the liquid toothpaste or glass jars of more solid toothpaste which you can refill.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Hawkes Bay. The following stores sell totally (or virtually) naked bars of soap:

  • Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – EcoStore soaps.
  • Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – bars by Panna Soaps and Wouldn’t Know ‘Em From a Bar of Soap.
  • Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings
  • Pure Blend, 10c Murray Place, Hastings
  • Gilmours Havelock North Pharmacy, 13 Middle Road, Havelock North.
  • Bedside Manor, 2 Joll Road, Havelock North
  • Adamo, 8 Joll Road, Havelock North
  • Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North – felted soap
  • Unichem Jeff Whittaker Pharmacy, 10 Napier Road, Havelock North
  • The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier – lots of different options.
  • Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier
  • Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings
  • Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier
  • Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 281A Gloucester St, Taradale.
  • Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa
  • Vintage Artisans74b High St, Waipawa
  • Waipawa Pharmacy24 High Street, Waipawa
  • Index, 8 High Street, Waipawa – Heart and Hand
  • Mumble Bee and Me, 105 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau
  • Country Collectables, 115 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau
  • Purple Petals,  5 Paul Street, Wairoa

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! 

  • Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier stocks an impressive range of bars and sustainably packaged toiletries:
    • Global Soap‘s shampoo, conditioner and shaving bar range.
    • Simple Naked Soap goat’s milk shampoo bars and natural deo (without baking soda and in a home compostable cardboard tube) 
    • Rage Against Chemicals shampoo bars
    • Raw Nature deodorant and dry shampoo, which both come in a home compostable cardboard tube at Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier.
    • Totally Balmy shampoo and conditioner bars.
    • Dream Eco shampoo and moisturising bars.
  • Pure Blend, 10c Murray Place, Hastings – this is the amazing Pure Blend factory shop where you can get all kinds of solid soap bars and products either unpackaged or in paper/cardboard, from shampoo and conditioner to deodorant and even toilet and bath bombs!
  • 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). You can find these bars at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Magpie Collective, 203 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Life Pharmacy, corner of Heretaunga Street West and Market Street North, Hastings; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Ecko Gifts, 92 Marine Parade, Wairoa. 
  • Global Soap – get this Nelson soap company’s 3 in 1 shower/shampoo/shave beer bars from Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings and Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier (who also stock some of Global Soap’s other shampoo bars, as well as their conditioner bars too!)
  • Dirty Hippie – You can get the Dirty Hippie range of shampoo bars, shaving bars and also their deodorant, which comes in a home compostable cardboard tube, at Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings.
  • Pure Blend shampoo bars available at Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings and Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier.
  • Ever Kind deodorant in home compostable cardboard tubes are available at Unpakd, 3/91 Bridge Street, Ahuriri, Napier.
  • Naturale deodorant in a compostable cardboard tube is available at Gee’s Pharmacy, 279 Gloucester Street, Taradale.
  • You can also get MZJB unpackaged bars of moisturiser at the Hastings Farmers Market.

Reusable Menstrual Products

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

  • Menstrual cups – stocked at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Magpie Collective, 203 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Pak’NSave Hastings, 602 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings; Unichem Hastings Pharmacy, 600 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings; New World Hastings, 400 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Gilmours Havelock North Pharmacy, 13 Middle Road, Havelock North; New World Havelock North, Porter Drive, Havelock North; Health 2000 Taradale, Gloucester Street, Taradale; Glenns Pharmacy, Gloucester Street, Taradale; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; New World Greenmeadows, Tamatea Road, Napier; PAK’nSAVE, Durham Ave, Napier; Food for Thought Organics69 Ruataniwha St, Waipukurau
  • Reusable, washable pads are available at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings.

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 or shaving oil 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 Maxim Barbers, 333 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings, while Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings and Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier stock the razors and replacement blades. Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings stocks Fat Spatula shaving soap and brushes which come in a small ceramic or metal bowl/mug with brown paper covering. Get shaving brushes at Glenns Pharmacy, 245 Gloucester Street, Taradale; Unichem Hastings Pharmacy, 600 Heretaunga Street West, Hastings; Cadeaux, 7 Joll Road, Havelock North; Unichem Jeff Whittaker Pharmacy, 10 Napier Road, Havelock North; Waipawa Pharmacy24 High Street, Waipawa; Mumble Bee and Me, 105 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau; Unichem Waipukurau Pharmacy, 71-75 Ruataniwha St, Waipukurau. You can also get Live Naturally organic shaving soap that comes in flat metal tins that would be handy to reuse) with shaving brushes at Vintage Artisans74b High St, Waipawa.

Liquid toiletries on tap or refillable toiletries/cosmetics

The following stores sell liquid toiletries on tap for refill (BYO bottles!):

  • Pure Blend, 10c Murray Place, Hastings – this is the Pure Blend factory shop where you can get refills of any of Pure Blend‘s huge range of bathroom products – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotions and more – into BYO bottles and containers.
  • Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings – the Napier store has a huge range of toiletries on tap in their Refilling Room (by Pure Blend and Ecostore) – BYO bottles and containers! Hastings store is smaller and therefore has fewer options. FYI that the Pure Blend range comes in bulk dispensers that are refilled once empty. However Ecostore does not take back its bulk dispensers for refill.
  • Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier stocks Dream Eco liquid toiletries on tap (BYO bottles and containers!).
  • Dream Eco, 68 Wakefield Street, Onekawa, Napier 

Ingredients for DIY cosmetics/toiletries

  • Annabelle’s, 5E Havelock Road, Havelock North stocks Tahi skincare oils in nice (enough to reuse) glass flasks/bottles with metal lids
  • Essential oils – Pure Blend, 10c Murray Place, Hastings – this is the Pure Blend factory shop where you can get refills of essential oils
  • Unpackaged beeswax is sold at Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; and Humanity Books and Fine Arts Supplies, 107 Karamu Rd, Hastings.
  • Baking soda – find this in bulk bins at Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier; Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Rathour Foodstore Indian Asian Grocery, 500 Queen Street West, Hastings; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier.

Other

  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Environment Centre Hawkes Bay, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings; Four Square Taradale, Gloucester Street, Taradale; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier.
  • Toilet Paper – Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; and Eco Kiosk, two locations: 44 Munroe Street, Napier and 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings stock either Greencane or Smartass toilet paper (both of which come in fully home compostable packaging).


Reuse and Recycle

  • Food waste and composting – food waste in a bin gets sent to landfill where it breaks down anaerobically, producing methane (a potent greenhouse gas). No! Here are some alternatives:
    • Home composting/worm farms/bokashi – Having a composting, worm farm or bokashi bin system at home is the best and cheapest way to deal with your food scraps. If you’d like help setting one up or working out what the best system would be for you, the Environment Centre Hawkes Bay, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings runs home composting workshops. The Centre also sells worms and worm farms if you’d like to set one up at home.
    • Edible business food waste – food that is still edible that goes to waste is a crying shame. In Hastings, check out Nourished for Nil, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings, which rescues edible, surplus food from local businesses and then redistributes it the same day to the community at their free store. Anyone can come and take food – no questions asked – just BYO bags/containers!
  • E-waste – electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, with huge environmental implications because of the toxins that can be leached from this waste, but also the loss of incredibly precious resources embedded in these items that are not recovered when the waste is dumped in landfill.
    • Repair – Rather than throwing you broken electronics out – have you considered trying to get them repaired first? Consider going along to a Repair or Fix-it Cafe where experts donate their time to fix people’s broken items for free at a designated repair event (usually run by community centres, churches or councils).
    • Recycle – If your electronics really have given up the ghost, rather than chucking them out, take them to be recycled responsibly. You can do this at Environment Centre Hawkes Bay, 1004 Karamu Road, Hastings. There is a small fee to recycle your electronic items (until the Government starts to regulate manufacturers of these products), but it’s a small cost relative to damage these items otherwise cause in landfill. See the Environment Centre website for a list of their fees.
  • Hard to recycle items – aside from e-waste, Environment Centre Hawke’s Bay, 1004 Karamu Road North, Hastings accepts a wide array of hard-to-recycle items, including toothpaste tubes, plastic toothbrush bristles from bamboo toothbrushes, lightbulbs and ink cartridges. If you’ve got something that you’re not sure whether you can recycle or not, drop into the centre and ask one of their friendly staff!
  • Scrap metal – there are various scrap metal dealers around Hawke’s Bay, including Harris Scrap Metal, 21 Thorn pl, Onekawa, Napier and 803 Warren St, North Hastings, which accepts any quantity of scrap metal (big and small) from residents and industry (will buy the scrap metal off you); Onekawa Metal Recyclers, 9 Dunlop Rd, Napier; Sims Pacific Metals, 5 Angus Pl, Onekawa, Napier.

Zero Waste Information and Support Networks

  • Plastic Free Hawkes Bay – a wonderful group, dedicated to encouraging and supporting waste reduction across Hawkes Bay through awareness raising, campaigns, working alongside councils and local businesses, and also sharing and delivering public workshops! The founding members are all committed to waste reduction in their own lives, including Lucie and Dylan, who run zero waste workshops in Hawkes Bay (if you’re keen for them to do a talk, just get in contact with them!)
  • Para Kore – Para Kore is an amazing organisation working with marae, kura and Māori institutions and businesses to transition towards zero waste. Their resources/services are free and their regional kaiārahi are totally fabulous. Para Kore’s Kaiārahi for Ngāti Kahungungu (Hawkes Bay) is Tyne Nelson and she is so cool, so if you’re keen for some awhi with waste reduction, she’d certainly be quick to help out 🙂

Share and Exchange

  • Toy Libraries – reduce the wasteful over-consumption of toys and save money by joining a toy library! Check out this guide to find the nearest Toy Library to you.
  • Magic Beans Hawkes Bay – a Facebook group set up for people of Hawke’s Bay to share their fresh produce with others. No money is exchanged – just grown, foraged or preserved food swapped! Join the group for a great way to share unpackaged food around 🙂
  • Sharing Sheds/Community Fruit and Veg Stands – these are stands/shelves in the community where anyone can drop off excess fruit and veg from their garden, and anyone is free to take what’s there, free of charge. The wonderful art of sharing means that excess produce doesn’t go to waste. Furthermore, items can be shared without excessive amounts of packaging. These are popping up around the country and there are quite a few throughout Hawkes Bay! Find the closest one to you on NZ’s Free Food map!

Skills and Resourcefulness in Communities

  • Community gardens/urban planting – community gardens are an excellent way for residents to get kai without packaging, and to learn skills of growing food and setting up composts – both very useful skills for low-waste living. There are some great community gardens around Hawkes Bay. For example, check out Haumoana Community Gardens! Community gardens are always looking for volunteers to help out and come along to working bees, so if you are interested in picking up gardening skills, or if you are already a keen gardener and would like to have the opportunity to share your skill with others, consider getting involved with your local community garden.
  • Menzshed – there are Menzsheds throughout Hawkes Bay. Menzshed provides a great opportunity for men of all ages to share tools and a workspace (reducing the wasteful overduplication of these resources) and to pass on skills of woodworking and other trades. Menzsheds frequently offer communities the service of repairing broken items like furniture (at a small cost), work with upcycled material that might otherwise go to waste, and also create bespoke items for community and charitable purposes. Definitely look up your local!
  • Boomerang Bags Hawkes Bay – joining a group that is sewing reusable bags to give out to the community is a great way to learn to sew while helping to reduce plastic bag consumption and these groups are always looking for volunteers (regardless of whether or not you have prior sewing knowledge). Boomerang Bags does this and has taken New Zealand by storm, and there’s a really vibrant Boomerang Bags group in Hawkes Bay that runs working bees and sewing bees across the region.

 



6 thoughts on “Zero Waste in Hawke’s Bay”

  • Thanks for all the great zero waste information in our beautiful Hawkes Bay.
    Keep up the good work 🙂

  • Hi, thanks for all your wonderful work. For caring & helping spread awareness . Can I just please add one important thing— we also need to promote Palm Oil free products. For many reasons, saving the wildlife’s habitat which is getting destroyed with Palm Oil plantations & losing massive amounts of our forests to deforestation, which does not help our environment.
    So what I am trying to say is that many of these package free products at say Cornucopia & Bin Inn, i.e. soaps,cleaning products have palm oil. EcoStore use the so -called RSPO sustainable Palm Oil but… there is not enough man power for this to be policed. So I am sorry , there is no guarantee that you are getting sustainable palm oil , amongst other products. EcoPlanet is a NZ company, no Palm Oil,no animal testing & okay not package free but uses recyclable cardboard packaging. Again, thanks for all the tips regards, Clint.

    • Kia ora Clint,

      Thanks heaps for your message. We are totally on board with palm oil free and appreciate you raising this issue. We have been promoting EcoPlanet’s laundry powders in our zero waste shopping guides and also in our homemade dishwashing/laundry post (which you can find on our website). If you are able to list some places in Hawkes Bay that stock EcoPlanet’s laundry powder, that would be appreciated, and then we will update the guide to include these!

      We try to provide people with options for low-waste shopping – providing alternatives to what they are buying already. Many people will be buying cleaning products in packets that have palm oil in them. For us, it’s a step up if they are at least getting these products without packaging. We personally do not get refills of EcoStore’s cleaning products (we explain why in our post about how to make dishwash/laundry liquid from scratch – mostly because it’s not as low waste an option as is often presumed), but we do still note where people can get the refills. We also highlight where people can buy EcoPlanet. For our homemade cleaning products we are also moving towards locally-made bars of castile soap, in part because the carbon footprint is smaller, and in part because Dr Bronner’s has palm oil in it (albeit, “sustainably sourced”).

      Generally speaking, the zero waste lifestyle is compatible with a variety of other social and environmental causes (including palm oil free). Mostly because you gain control over what goes into the products you use because you make from scratch. For example, when it comes to food, the zero waste lifestyle removes a lot of palm oil from people’s diets. When we buy food in packets, it’s frequently got “vegetable oil” in it, which, as I am sure you are aware, may or may not be palm oil. When we make food from scratch, we can avoid having accidental palm oil in our food because we can control what’s in it! This is the same with homemade cleaning products.

      How far people want to take their ethical journeys is up to them, and we simply aren’t across all the issues to provide advice on all the possible pros and cons of different ethical decisions. In our personal lives we strive to make as much from scratch as possible (whether food, drink, cleaning or cosmetics), shop locally, shop organic and shop without animal products. However, we recognise that people are all at different stages and really need to be provided with options that are relevant to them to at last start with low waste living (not all people will be open to shopping organic and giving up food that is out of season). For example, we do not eat meat or dairy products, but we know other people do, and that they often buy them in harmful packaging. We would rather suggest places where people can get unpackaged meat and dairy, rather than not listing such places (or listing them while pointing out all the reasons why meat consumption might be harmful). If people are using our resources, it means that they are interested in the concept of waste reduction. We want to chart the fine line between engaging people where they are at, keeping people informed and also not overwhelming them.

      Again, what we love about the zero waste lifestyle, is that it is flexible enough to incorporate many different ethical views. All this does not mean that we personally condone palm oil, as we recognise it’s a damaging product, but we just want to allow people to fill their sustainable living choices into the zero waste framework. Having said that, we really should highlight where EcoPlanet’s products are available in Hawkes Bay, to make it easier for people to avoid palm oil and live low waste – so please let us know.

      Thanks again for raising this issue – H & L

  • Great list! We have also had an Eco Kiosk open up on Munroe st in Napier that sells all sorts of zero waste goodies and promotes byo containers for their bulk products.

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