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!
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).
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:
If you like Gin, check out the Hastings Distillers, 231 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings – purchase their gin pre-bottled first time and bring it back for a refill! There’s talk that they might install a gin refillery… watch this space!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).
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 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.
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:
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 Bin Inn Hastings, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; Adamo, 8 Joll Road, Havelock North; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier (metal, bamboo, and silicone options); Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier (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; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember, 93 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau; Country Collectables, 115 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau; and Bloom’n loco, 254 Marine Parade, Wairoa.
The following stores stock liquid and/or powdered cleaning products in bulk dispensers – BYO bottles/containers!
You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Cornucopia Organics, 221 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, two locations – 206 Heretaunga Street East; and 25 Dalton St, Napier; The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier; Eco Kiosk, 44 Munroe Street, Napier; Full Circle Eco Store, 56 Dalton Street, Napier; Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember, 93 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau; 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,44 Munroe Street, Napier; Wine Country Home & Gifts, 237 Gloucester Street, Taradale; Nature’s Nuture, 100 High Street, Waipawa; and Wooden Edge Gifts to Remember, 93 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau.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:
It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Hawkes Bay. The following stores sell totally (or virtually) naked bars of soap:
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!
There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads.
The following stores sell liquid toiletries on tap for refill (BYO bottles!):