Hawke’s Bay features an impressive array of zero waste options. Real highlights for us were Cornucopia Organics in Hastings and The Chantal Shop in Napier. These two stores are really one-stop shops for all your zero waste needs. On top of that, they are really affordable (especially exciting given that almost all the food they sell is organic). Another great find was The Essential Apothecary, which is the first and only place in the country that we have found so far that offers refills of essential oils – woo! Also, keep an eye out for little shops that will allow you to bring your own bags and containers to fill up with goodies.
Zero waste food options (i.e. stores that offer loose items which you can put, unpackaged, into your own BYO bags/containers)
- 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), and unpackaged tofu (BYO container). The store also uses compostable cellophane for items it packages, and also stocks various sustainably packaged foods, including (among other things) Trade Aid’s chocolate, coffee, sugar and coconut oil, Kokako’s drinking chocolate (in compostable wrapper), and Loving Earth’s chocolate range (compostable packaging).
- 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. They also stock various sustainably packaged foods, including (among other things) Trade Aid’s chocolate and Loving Earth’s chocolate range (compostable packaging).
- 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.
- 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.
- Trade Aid, 11 Napier Rd, Havelock North and 127 Hastings St, Napier South, Napier – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging that is compostable in a home compost! Their 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are compostable also. Trade Aid’s coconut oil is one of the few on the market that does not have a plastic seal around the lid.
- Hohepa, 363 Main Road, Clive – 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.
- 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.
- Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Markets – Hawke’s Bay is blessed with several farmers’ markets, so head down to your local spot on the weekend. BYO containers and bags for fresh, local produce, and other delicacies like cheese off the block, preserves, and much more!
- 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. They encourage people to BYO bags and containers.
Zero waste drink options
- Coffee – Head straight to your local roasters with your own bags or containers for beans or coffee. Hawke’s Bay has a few roasters, including Switch Coffee in Napier, Hawthorne Coffee in Havelock North, and Bay Espresso in Hastings. Alternatively, get beans ground at Bin Inn or, if you like instant coffee, check out Trade Aid because their instant coffee comes in home compostable packaging.
- Tea – get loose tea leaves from Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings; Moshims Discount Hastings, 505 Heretaunga St West, Hastings; and The Essential Apothecary, 201 Heretaunga St East, Hastings.
- Milk – you can get pasteurised, un-homogenised milk filled into BYO bottles while you wait at Origin Earth Factory Shop, 393 Te Mata Road, Havelock North
- Beer – the key to zero waste beer is to bring your own flagons/bottles to stores that sell beer on tap. Breweries are a great place to go – we loved Brave Brewing in Hastings. You can also BYO bottle for a whole range of delicious craft beers at Westshore Beach Inn in Napier, and even Liquorland Ahuriri has craft beer on tap. Keep an eye out for other places too!
Zero waste kitchen/food packaging alternatives
- Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – sells wooden dishbrushes with compostable, removable/replaceable heads and the replacement heads, Rethink NZ organic cotton bags for produce and bulk bin fills as well as various other reusable bags, Munch products (Wellington-made reusable alternatives to pesky lunchbox waste like Glad Wrap), compostable alternatives to things like baking paper, Meals in Steel lunchboxes, honey wrap, and many other products besides! They also stock unpackaged beeswax with which you can make your own honey wraps.
- The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier – sells Rethink NZ organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags and various other reusable bags, compostable alternatives to things like baking paper, and honey wrap.
- Coco & Co, 240 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – sells lovely locally-made cotton dishcloths, as well as other products made from upcycled/recycled fabrics.
- Blackbird Goods, 25 Dalton St, Napier – sells compostable dishbrushes, cotton dishcloths, and Rethink NZ organic cotton produce bags.
- @cquistions, 69 Emerson St, Napier – sells silicone vacuum seal pot and bowl covers (a reusable alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil).
- Humanity Books and Fine Arts Supplies, 10 Karamu Rd, Hastings – sells unpackaged beeswax, with which you can make your own honey wrap.
Zero waste cleaning products
- Bin Inn Hastings and Bin Inn Taradale-Napier, 440 Heretaunga St West, Hastings and 281A Gloucester St, Taradale, Napier – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
- Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – stocks a range of liquid cleaning products you can fill your own bottles with, as well as bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap, with which which you can make many of your own cleaning products.
- The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap, as well as washing soda and baking soda, with which you can make many of your own cleaning products.
- The Essential Apothecary, 201 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – does refills of essential oils which can be used in various homemade cleaning products.
- Creative Treasures, 315 Heretaunga St West, Hastings – stocks bars of Hopi castile soap (made in Wellington), which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.
- New World Hastings, 400 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – stocks Eco Planet laundry powder, which comes in a cardboard box with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is also made of cardboard.
Zero waste bathroom products
- Cornucopia Organics, 221 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – sells unpackaged Ecostore bars of soap, bamboo toothbrushes and earbuds, menstrual cups and reusable pads, and Greencane toilet paper (which comes in a fully compostable wrapper). Also sells unpackaged beeswax, which can be used in homemade cosmetics.
- The Chantal Shop, 45 Hastings St, Napier – sells a wide array of unpackaged soaps, bamboo toothbrushes, menstrual cups, and Greencane toilet paper (which comes in a fully compostable wrapper).
- The Essential Apothecary, 201 Heretaunga St East, Hastings – does refills of essential oils which can be used for various homemade cosmetics. Also sells loose leaves and petals that can be used in homemade infusions of oils and water for cosmetic purposes.
- Humanity Books and Fine Arts Supplies, 10 Karamu Rd, Hastings – sells unpackaged beeswax, which can be used in homemade cosmetics.
- Environment Centre Hawke’s Bay, 809 Karamu Road North, Hastings – accepts a wide array of hard-to-recycle items, from e-waste through to toothpaste tubes and ink cartridges. They also walk the talk with beautiful compost and worm farms for food waste. Keep an eye on their events and workshops schedule – well worth a visit!
- 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 🙂
- 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.