The Rubbish Trip kicked off our nationwide tour in Manawatū. We have spent the last two weeks in Palmerston North and Feilding, running presentations, a workshop and recording some podcasts. We have been thoroughly blown away by the array of zero waste options in Manawatū, and the general enthusiasm for, and awareness about, waste reduction that we found there. We couldn’t have asked for a better place to start our year and we are feeling very uplifted and energised (and special thanks to Liam’s Mum and Dad for making our stay so comfy!).
Given there’s so much going on in Palmerston North and Feilding, we thought we’d pull together a zero waste guide that locals could refer to. Given the shortness of our stay, we’ve probably missed many places, businesses and people doing zero waste things, so feel free to comment below if you know of something we have overlooked.
For much more in-depth and constantly updated local zero waste information (as well as handy zero waste tips and tricks), follow Palmerston North local, Shelley, on her Facebook page In My Kitchen. If you are interested in the technical, research side, you will be pleased to know that New Zealand’s Zero Waste Academy runs out of Massey University at Palmerston North, currently spearheaded by the formidable Jonathan Hannon.
Zero waste food options
Buying zero waste food requires stores that offer bulk bins and allow you to BYO containers/bags to fill up. Check out some of the following places which fit the bill (in no particular order):
- Steve’s Wholefoods, 101 Albert St, Palmerston North – 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 honey, vinegars, oils and syrups), and sweets and treats. They also have nut butter extruders (peanut and cashew). Owners also own Angus Farm – if you ask in advance then they will package your meat in paper instead of plastic. The business is committed to affordable prices and sourcing as many of its items locally as possible.
- Palmy Food City, 77 Cook St, Palmerston North – offers dried food in bulk, including grains, flours and legumes, and lots of spices.
- Cook Street Mini Mart and Spice Shop, 99 Cook Street, Palmerston North – offers dried food in bulk, including nuts, seeds, grains, flours and legumes, and lots of spices.
- Wholegrain Organics, 134 The Square, Palmerston North – offers dried food in bulk, including nuts, seeds, grains, flours and legumes (if coming with own bags, try to avoid coming between 11am and 2:30pm, as the cafe is in full flight at this time of day). Wholegrain Organics’ packaged range is all packaged in cellophane, which is compostable in a home compost. They also deliver their produce around NZ (flat rate of $5 for Palmerston North and Feilding) and you can request no plastic packaging. Their plastic carry bags are so compostable they have a use-by date (!) The business strives to source its food locally, as much as possible.
- Trade Aid, 25 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – 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.
- Bin Inn Feilding, 85 Kimbolton Road, Feilding – 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), and sweets and treats. They also have a peanut butter extruder, and they stock Trade Aid’s chocolate (the one that comes in the home compostable wrapper).
- Feilding Farmers Market, Manchester Square, Feilding – BYO bags and containers for your veggies!
- Organic Living Health Foods, 337 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – if you ask, they will fill BYO bags and containers with their range of dried food, but require a minimum quantity for each ingredient of 5 kg. Pre-packaged bulk items are packed in cellophane, which is compostable in a home compost. Offer some bulk liquid foods, including oil.
Zero waste drink options
- Ebony Coffee, 208 Featherston St, Palmerston North – get your coffee straight from the roaster in your own bag/container! To avoid the pain of rejection, make sure your bag/container is clean.
- Trade Aid, 25 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – coffee available in bags that are compostable in a home compost.
- Bin Inn Feilding, 85 Kimbolton Road, Feilding – coffee beans and grinder in bulk. Stocks Trade Aid’s compostable bag coffee too.
- Arran Farm Milk Shop, 174 Taonui Road – milk in a vending machine, $2.50 a litre. Fill into BYO bottles, or buy reusable glass bottle there for $2.50.
- Brew Union Fillery, 39-41 Broadway Ave and 78 King St, Palmerston North – offers craft beer on tap so you can BYO bottle (and you’ll get a discount if you do too!)
- Liquorland College St, 92 College St, Palmerston North – offers craft beer on tap so you can BYO bottle
- Liquorland Feilding, 19 Bowen St (behind Feilding Hotel), Feilding – offers craft beer on tap so you can BYO bottle.
- Keep an eye out for cafes that offer discounts if you order your drink in your own reusable cup (for example, Thorne Coffee will give you a whole $1 discount!!)
Zero waste kitchen/food packaging alternatives
- Organic Living Health Foods, 337 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – sells Munch Bags (Wellington-made reusable pouches for lunchboxes – an alternative to Glad Wrap).
- Steve’s Wholefoods, 101 Albert St, Palmerston North – sells Ecostore’s wooden dishbrush, which has a fully compostable, removeable/replaceable head.
Zero waste cleaning products
- Steve’s Wholefoods, 101 Albert St, Palmerston North – huge range of cleaning products in bulk, at affordable prices.
- Bin Inn Feilding, 85 Kimbolton Road, Feilding – cleaning products in bulk.
- Organic Living Health Foods, 337 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – sells Laundry Balls and Soap Nuts (NB soap nuts bag has inner plastic lining).
Zero waste bathroom products
- Steve’s Wholefoods, 101 Albert St, Palmerston North – sells unpackaged Ecostore bars of soap, bamboo toothbrushes, compostable earbuds, bulk cosmetic oils, such as Rosehip Oil, and bulk Witch Hazel.
- Organic Living Health Foods, 337 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North – sells Greencane toilet paper, which comes in a fully compostable wrapper.
- Whatakrakka Fancy Pads – Palmerston North local, Laura, makes and sells beautiful 100% designer cotton reusable pads with a bamboo fleece core.
- Ferguson St Recycling Centre, 545-573 Ferguson St, Palmerston North – will take lots of hard-to-recycle items, including e-waste.
- Kawakawa Rd Transfer Station, 125A Kawakawa Road, Feilding – will take hard-to-recycle items, including e-waste.
- Reclaimed Timber Traders, 4/5 Matipo Lane, Palmerston North – this amazing organisation rescues and restores timber otherwise destined for landfill. Keep your eyes peeled for our upcoming podcast with them!
- Rosco’s Bulk Yard, 36 Gladstone St, Feilding – offer bulk garden and landscape supplies. They also accept Green Waste!
- Just Zilch, 248 Featherston Street, Palmerston North – rescues and redistributes food otherwise destined for landfill. Check out their Free Store if you’re low on supplies and struggling to make ends meet. Or, do you have food or toiletries to donate? Apart from taking food from businesses, Just Zilch also takes donations from individuals. Keep checking our page for our upcoming podcast with Just Zilch’s founder, Rebecca Culver.
Happy Zero Wasting, Manawatū!