Zero Waste in Nelson City

Zero Waste in Nelson City

This guide covers Nelson City businesses only. You can read more about community groups and council services in the area, or see what’s available in Tasman District here.

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.

Nelson

Food options (i.e. stores that offer loose items which you can put, unpackaged, into your own BYO bags/containers)

  • Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, pasta and legumes), a range of spices (also loose vanilla pods), plenty of unpackaged sweets, treats and snacks, and liquid foods like vinegars (even balsamic!), a wide selection of oils, honey, syrups and tahini.  They also both have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar! This particular Bin Inn also sells Ceres Organics “Raw Goodness” bars (which come in Econic home-compostable packaging). All Bin Inns across the country offer a 5% discount if you bring your own bags and containers.
  • Organic Foods Nelson, 93 Collingwood Street – a very impressive array of bulk bins stocking legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, muesli, cereals, pasta (incl wholemeal), flours, herbs + spices, sugars, baking soda and baking powder, yeast and seaweed. There are also lots of liquid foods on tap, including maple syrup, sunflower oil, syrups, tahini, vinegar, soy sauce and tamari, honey. The store also stocks bars of Loving Earth chocolate and Ceres Organics “Raw Goodness” bars  (both of which come in home compostable packaging).
  • The Organic Green Grocer, Ecoland, 31 Vanguard Street – this gorgeous community-owned organic co-op is open to the public to shop at and is predominantly a bulk store. It is housed in Ecoland with the Nelson Environment Centre. You can find a great range of bulk dried foods, including bulk legumes, grains, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, flours, spices, herbs, sugars/sweetners, baking soda and seaweed. Organic produce is also available, including loose salad leaves (yay no plastic bag). There are also lots of liquid foods on tap, including oils, molasses, honey, tahini, vinegars and syrups. The store also stocks bars of Trade Aid chocolate (which come in Econic home compostable packaging), and unpackaged She Universe chocolates.
  • Benge & Co Green Grocers, 60 Montgomery Square, Nelson; 520 Main Road, Stoke – stocks loose spinach/mesculin/salad leaves and loose organic dates. The store also sells locally made Three Groves olive oil on tap (just BYO bottle). They also stock Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate bars (both of which come in home compostable packaging).
  • Trade Aid Nelson, 148 Hardy Street, Nelson – Trade Aid’s entire chocolate range comes in Econic home compostable packaging! Their 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are home 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.
  • Prego Mediterranean Foods, 90 Collingwood Street, Nelson – stocks big jars of Pic’s Peanut Butter which can be returned and refilled for $5 less than buying a new one, and olive oil on tap from Elovi and Tasman Ridge (BYO bottle for a refill). At the deli you can also get some unpackaged goodies, like cheese off the round, olives, sundried tomatoes, etc. If you have cash to spare, you can also buy a whole giant round of gouda cheese ($300-$400) – avoid the plastic and just get the waxy hard casing.
  • FreshChoice Supermarket Nelson City, 69 Collingwood Street – this supermarket has the usual over-priced bulk section of snacks, dried fruits and nuts that most supermarkets have, BUT it also has an organic bulk section (highly unusual) that is affordable, in the sense that the bulk items are less expensive than the packaged version (usually it’s the opposite in supermarkets). This section has a range of dried foods such as flours, legumes, rice, grains, oats, sugars, cereal and dried fruit. The supermarket also sells salad and spinach leaves loose, so you can fill your own bag, and lots of unpackaged bread so you can get this in your own bags too. Also in stock are Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate bars, both of which come in home compostable packaging, and Trade Aid’s 2kg bags of sugar, which comes in durable brown paper bags that are great to upcycle as bulk bin bags, but which are also home compostable at the end of their life.
  • New World Nelson City, 73 Vanguard Street, Nelson – stocks bars of Trade Aid chocolate (which comes in Econic‘s home compostable packaging).
  • Guyton’s, 270 Wakefield Street, Stepneyville – you can get unpackaged seafood from the deli, straight into your own bags/containers. You can also ask for your seafood to be wrapped in paper rather than plastic.
  • The Pantry Door, 526 Main Road, Stoke – such a great store with a big range of affordable bulk foods including, legumes, rice, spices and herbs, seeds, nuts, grains, dried fruit, flours, cereals, sugars, salts, and baking soda and baking powder. The store also has liquid foods on tap, including kiwifruit vinegar and apple cider vinegar, molasses, local honey, and local extra virgin olive oil.
  • Pestell’s Rai Bacon Co, 22 McMahon Street, Stoke – this butcher will put unpackaged cuts of meat straight into a BYO container, just ask!
  • The Mad Butcher, 201 Songer Street, Stoke – we’ve heard that you can BYO container to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic here.
  • Fresh2U Organic Food Delivery – organic, locally-grown fruit + vege boxes with NO packaging delivered to your door, anywhere in Nelson 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!
  • Markets! – get to your local markets to see if you can get locally-made food and wares unpackaged or put into your own bags and containers. Often stallholders are happy to tip their pre-packaged goods into your own containers and then they’ll keep and reuse their container. Another option is to ask if the local producer is willing to refill the container you buy when you run out, rather than you having to buy a whole new container. You’ll be amazed how willing people will be to find zero waste ways for you to get their wonderful creations. At markets, the trick is just to ask stallholders about the options because you never know what you might find – that particular stallholder might have spent the whole day wishing for a waste-conscious customer – so don’t be shy 😉 Nelson has three excellent markets that are prime spots for unpackaged goodies and fruitful conversations – the Nelson Farmers’ Market on Wednesdays (8am-2pm) @ Maitai Boulevard, the Nelson Saturday Market on Saturdays @ Montgomery Square, Nelson and Monty’s Sunday Market on Sundays @ Montgomery Square, Nelson. We asked quite a few stallholders to test the waters, and can confirm that peeps are open-minded here! For example, you can get cheese cut off the round into your own containers from various cheese stalls (including Wangapeka Cheeses and Cheese Shop). Furthermore, if you’re into meatless meats, usually you can only find these hermetically sealed in about ten layers of plastic, but not at the Nelson Market, where you can get faux meats put into your own containers from The Vegetarian Butcher. You can also get your own bags and containers filled with muesli from Muesli & Co (they’ll pour it from their own bag into your container, and then they’ll keep the bag for reuse), and the Pic’s Peanut Butter stall will give you a discount on future large jars of peanut butter if you bring back your old empty jar for refill, and they’ll also take back any of their smaller jars (which you may have bought at the market or in other retailers stocking Pic’s) to donate to others making preserves etc. with your deposit going to charity – yeee! If you love Urban Hippie’s Miso, then you’re in luck because the owner will take BYO containers, fill them up for you, and then bring them to the market the following week. Is there no end to the benevolence of the Nelson Market??

Drink options

  • 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. Thankfully, Nelson has plenty of roasters/coffee suppliers that allow you to do this! These are: Kush Coffee, 5 Church Street, Nelson; Sublime Coffee Roasters, 211 Haven Road, Stepneyville, Nelson; Pomeroy’s Coffee and Tea, 105 Montgomery Square, Nelson; The Coffee Factory, 16 Elms Street, Wakatu Estate Nelson; Raglan Roast, The Sands, 623 Rocks Road, Tahunanui (which also has a combo deal where you can get 200g of coffee beans/grinds AND a freshly made barista coffee for $10); Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street; and FreshChoice Supermarket Nelson City, 69 Collingwood Street. If you’re into instant coffee, Trade Aid’s instant coffee comes in Econic home compostable packaging (you can find this at Trade Aid, 148 Hardy Street, Nelson; FreshChoice Supermarket Nelson City, 69 Collingwood Street; or New World Nelson City, 73 Vanguard Street, Nelson).
  • Tea – as most tea bags have plastic in them, we drink loose leaf teas. So we’re always on the lookout for loose leaf teas that you can get unpackaged. Usually this is not very easy in New Zealand. However, in Nelson you have options! You can take your own bags/containers to fill up with loose leaf teas at The Hollow, 144 Bridge Street, Nelson; Pomeroy’s Coffee and Tea, 105 Montgomery Square; The Coffee Factory, 16 Elms Street, Wakatu Estate Nelson; Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street; Organic Foods Nelson, 93 Collingwood Street; The Organic Green Grocer, Ecoland, 31 Vanguard Street. If you want tea that is not only unpackaged, but so local it’s virtually carbon neutral, then bring your own bags and containers to the Nelson Saturday Market to get Emma Heke’s locally-grown Heke Homemade Herbals tea – NOTE, you should email Emma beforehand to let her know what, and how much, you would like, so she can bring it unpackaged for you. She also prefers if you pay when you order.
  • Milk – the gold standard of zero waste success is being able to access milk in reusable glass bottles. Again, this is not something that is easily accessed across most of New Zealand. As many Nelsonians are probably aware, Nelson has a lot to be proud of when it comes to milk because the district has a combination of milk vending machines, milk on tap, bottle swap systems in retail spaces, and milk delivery in refillable glass bottles (just like the old days) – woah! So, when it comes to vending machines, you can buy a reusable glass bottle and refill it endlessly with pasteurised but non-homogenised A2 milk at vending machines run by Oaklands Milk (machines found at the top of the Saxton Field car park in Stoke; the back of Vanilla Cafe, Bridge Street, Nelson; River Kitchen (Millers Acre), 81 Trafalgar Street, Nelson; or Mean Greens, 117 St Vincent Street, Nelson) or you can sign up to Ratabank Farms herd share and use their vending machine to get raw milk at 140 Glen Road, Glenduan. You can get Wangapeka Milk (pasteurised but non-homogenised, A2 milk) on tap in a BYO bottle at The Pantry Door, 526 Main Road, Stoke, or you can go in with a group of friends and get 10L refillable buckets of milk directly from Wangapeka Milk. If you would like milk delivered straight to you in glass bottles (and then have the empties taken from you for refill in an endless cycle of wonderousness), then you might be interested in signing up to Milk & More, who will deliver Oaklands Milk to you (FYI that they deliver other products that are not in refillable glass, so make sure you specify that you want the glass refill system). If it floats your boat, you can also get unpackaged milk powder from Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street, Nelson.
  • Drinking chocolate – you can get cocoa powder and/or drinking chocolate loose at a variety of stores, including Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street, Organic Foods Nelson, 93 Collingwood Street; The Organic Green Grocer, Ecoland, 31 Vanguard Street; The Pantry Door, 526 Main Road, Stoke; FreshChoice Supermarket Nelson City, 69 Collingwood Street. You can also get Kokako‘s drinking chocolate, which comes in Econic home compostable packaging, at The Kitchen, 111 Bridge Street, Nelson.
  • Beer/cider – look out for places that sell these drinks on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Some places that we found were: Craft Beer Depot, 70 Achilles Avenue, Nelson; Sprig & Fern Taverns, 134 Milton Street, The Wood, 280 Hardy St, Nelson CBD, and 13 Beach Road, Tahunanui; Park Life Brewing Co, 87 Atawhai Drive, The Wood, Nelson; Liquor King, corner of Hardy and Collingwood Streets; Liquorland Turf, 228 Songer Street and Liquorland Stoke, 4/675 Main Road, Stoke. Bays Brewery, 89 Pascoe Street, Annesbrook, Nelson has beer on tap, but also cider and alcoholic ginger beer – yum!
  • Non-alcoholic drinks and kombucha – you can get alcoholic and non-alcoholic ginger beer, and old-fashioned lemonade at Bays Brewery, 89 Pascoe Street, Annesbrook, Nelson (woohoo!). If you’re into kombucha, look out for  Renegade Ferments, which will give you refills of their delish kombucha, into any BYO bottle – find them at Craft Beer Depot, 70 Achilles Avenue, Nelson or the Nelson Farmers’ Market on Wednesday (8am-2pm) @ Maitai Boulevard.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street – stocks tiffins (stainless steel, multi-tier lunchboxes that are also excellent for getting takeaways in)
  • Organic Foods Nelson, 93 Collingwood Street – stocks metal reusable water bottles, Keep Leaf reusable sandwich bags/lunch wraps, SPRUCE 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!), The Green Collective Loot organic cotton bulk bin bags, beeswax candles that could be melted down and used to make beeswax wraps.
  • The Organic Green Grocer, Ecoland, 31 Vanguard Street – stocks wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads, SPRUCE 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!), Meals in Steel stainless steel containers/lunchboxes/tiffins, Ideal Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cup), reusable straws, Rethink organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags, and The Green Collective Loot organic cotton bulk bin bags, reusable lunch wraps/sandwich bags by Ginger Pye and Woohoo NANA, reusable metal water bottles and HappBee beeswax wraps made by local business HappBee Planet using local beeswax.
  • Benge & Co Green Grocers, 60 Montgomery Square, Nelson; 520 Main Road, Stoke – stocks SPRUCE 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!)
  • Pip Pottage Designs – gorgeous reusable lunch-bags made by Nelson local Pip Pottage (she even designs the fabric patterns, which are stunning!). While you can choose from lunchbags made from various materials, what caught our eye is the 100% natural fibre lunchbag (the organic cotton bag) – this is pretty unusual in the NZ reusable lunch bag market, so definitely check Pip’s site out – you can order directly from her website or go to one of her various stockists around Nelson (just have a look on her website for locations).
  • Prego Mediterranean Foods, 90 Collingwood Street, Nelson – stocks silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to plastic cling wrap and tin foil), wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads, and 100% cotton reusable bags made by HappBee Planet.
  • Ecomoon, 26 Gloucester Street, Nelson – Munch reusable sandwich bags, beeswax wraps, cotton cloths which could be used as dishcloths.
  • CoopJam – an awesome local upcycler that makes a range of upcycled products, including quite amazing reusable sandwich/cheese/lunch wraps. Woohoo! Find CoopJam at the Nelson Saturday Market or order from the Facebook page.
  • Content Homeware, 73 Bridge Street, Nelson – 100% corn + corn/soy scrubbing cloth, Wet-it! 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!), metal reusable water bottles, Zuperzozial and Oasis reusable takeaway coffee cups, silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to tin foil and plastic cling wrap), and Dishy wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads (note, they don’t seem to stock the spare heads, but you can find these elsewhere), BEWARE of the other brand of wooden dishbrush in store because the heads on these are not natural fibres so are not home compostable.
  • Red Art Gallery/Cafe, 1 Bridge Street, Nelson – stocks JOCO reusable takeaway coffee cups, 100% organic cotton muslin washcloths (can be used as dishcloths), and SPRUCE 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!).
  • Strangers Collective, 192 Trafalgar Street, Nelson – stocks JOCO reusable takeaway coffee cups
  • Fibre Spectrum Handweaving and Fibre Artists Co-operative, 280 Trafalgar Street, Nelson – stocks beeswax wraps
  • Craig Potton Gallery and Store, 255 Hardy Street, Nelson – stocks The Green Collective Loot organic cotton bulk/produce bags and SPRUCE 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!).
  • Little Beehive Co-op, 123 Hardy Street, Nelson – stocks beeswax wraps, and cotton wash cloths that can double as dishcloths.
  • Pomeroy’s Coffee and Tea, 105 Montgomery Square, Nelson – stocks ZuperzozialKeep Cup and Oasis Cups (all brands of reusable takeaway coffee cups) and reusable metal water bottles
  • Health 2000 Nelson, Shop 7 City Centre Arcade, 219 Trafalgar Street, Nelson – stocks reusable water bottles
  • Kush Coffee, 5 Church Street, Nelson – stocks Kush branded Ideal Cup (a NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cup)
  • Caffe Roma, 3/11 Church Street, Nelson – stocks Keep Cup (reusable takeaway coffee cup)
  • The Kitchen, 111 Bridge Street, Nelson – stocks Keep Cup (reusable takeaway coffee cup) and reusable metal water bottles
  • The Pantry Door, 526 Main Road, Stoke – stocks reusable sandwich bags/lunch wraps by Woohoo NANA, Boomerang Bags Nelson, and cotton bulk/produce bags.
  • Do you want to make your own beeswax wraps? If so, you can get unpackaged beeswax at Global Soap Nelson, 117 Nile Street, Nelson, The Windwill Gift Shop at Founders Heritage Park, and the Mountain Valley Honey and Norb’s Gold stalls at the Nelson Saturday Market – yay! FYI, the beeswax at The Windmill Gift Shop and Norb’s Gold is organic.

Cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Nelson, Montgomery Square, 16 Bridge Street, Nelson – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with, including refills of Ecostore cleaning products. Also stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid, and bulk/packaged ingredients like refills of white vinegar, washing soda, baking soda and epsom salts for DIY cleaning products.
  • Organic Foods Nelson, 93 Collingwood Street – stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid, wooden clothes pegs, and bulk refills of Goulter’s Vinegar Products‘ Citrogar Cleaner (a multipurpose cleaner).
  • The Organic Green Grocer, Ecoland, 31 Vanguard Street – stocks wooden clothes pegs, bulk refills of Ecostore’s liquid cleaning products (BYO bottle), bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid, and baking soda in bulk.
  • Ecomoon, 26 Gloucester Street, Nelson – stocks soap nuts by Soapnuts NZ which come in a cardboard box with no inner plastic lining.
  • Aromaflex, 1/280-282 Trafalgar Street, Nelson – a beautiful store with a waste-reducing ethos; the store encourages people to return their bottles and containers to get refills of oils and essential oils (if you do so, you’ll even get a discount!). Essential oils are often called for in homemade cleaning product recipes, so it’s great to have stores that are willing to do refills.
  • Global Soap Nelson, 117 Nile Street, Nelson – offers refills of essential oils, which are often called for in homemade cleaning product recipes.
  • Health 2000 Nelson, Shop 7 City Centre Arcade, 219 Trafalgar Street, Nelson – stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.
  • FreshChoice Supermarket Nelson City, 69 Collingwood Street – stocks wooden clothes pegs.
  • New World Nelson City, 73 Vanguard Street, Nelson – stocks Eco Planet and Next Generation laundry powders, both of which come in a cardboard box, with no plastic inner liner, and the scoops inside are made of cardboard rather than plastic.
  • The Pantry Door, 526 Main Road, Stoke – stocks wooden clothes pegs, washing soda, borax, Epsom salts, baking soda, castille bars

Bathroom products

  • Organic Foods Nelson, 93 Collingwood Street – stocks Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, and toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and Purple Kiwi goat milk shampoo bars and shaving bars (helps you to avoid the plastic bottles these items usually come in), and unpackaged bars of soap.
  • The Organic Green Grocer, Ecoland, 31 Vanguard Street – stocks unpackaged bars of soap by Ecostore and other brands, Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, and toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, Greencane toilet paper that comes in home compostable wrapping, reusable/washable menstrual pads, and bulk refills of Ecostore shampoo, conditioner and handwash.
  • Ecomoon, 26 Gloucester Street, Nelson – stocks locally-made reusable menstrual pads and breast pads, menstrual cups, reusable nappies and washable training undies for kids.
  • Aromaflex, 1/280-282 Trafalgar Street, Nelson – stocks bars of soap wrapped only in paper. The store also encourages people to return their bottles and containers to get refills of oils and essential oils (if you do so, you’ll even get a discount!). Essential oils are often called for in homemade toiletries and cosmetics recipes, so it’s great to have stores that are willing to do refills.
  • Global Soap Nelson, 117 Nile Street, Nelson – an emporium of soapy wonder! You can get virtually all of Global Soaps amazing handmade soaps at this store without packaging. You can even get their shampoo and their shaving bars off the unpackaged soap shelves, rather than getting them wrapped in plastic – yay! Global Soap makes their own bar of castille soap, which can be used as the base for dishwashing or laundry liquid – annoyingly the castille bars are packaged, but it’s probably still better to go for a locally made one than a Dr Bronner’s one that’s been shipped across half the earth to get here. Global Soap also does refills of all their facial and body oils, as well as essential oils (the latter are great for homemade toiletries), which is very exciting. The store also stocks Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, and toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles. They stock unpackaged beeswax which is also a great ingredient in homemade, DIY toiletries and cosmetics.
  • Purple Kiwi Goat Milk Soap – you can get this lovely goat milk soap unpackaged at the Nelson Saturday Market, including their shampoo and shaving bars!
  • FreshChoice Supermarket Nelson City, 69 Collingwood Street – stocks Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, and toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and Greencane toilet paper that comes in home compostable wrapping.
  • Collingwood St Pharmacy, 132 Collingwood Street, Nelson – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Life Pharmacy, 296 Hardy Street, Nelson – stocks Ethique‘s range of awesome bar alternatives to toiletries that usually come in liquid form in plastic bottles – from shampoos and shaving soaps, through to body and facial cleansers and moisturisers. All Ethique’s products come in bar form in home compostable packaging.
  • Life Pharmacy, 191 Trafalgar St, Nelson – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Little Beehive Co-op, 123 Hardy Street, Nelson – stocks bars of unpackaged soap
  • The Pantry Door, 526 Main Road, Stoke – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles
  • One Dental, 24 Main Road, Stoke – stocks Do Gooder toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles as well as Do Gooder floss in a refillable glass tube with a screw on metal lid – NOTE: the WHITE floss is made of 100% silk and is home compostable. The BLACK floss, labelled as made of bamboo and activated charcoal, has a polyester (i.e. plastic) base in the floss, so is not home compostable and must be sent to landfill (the dispenser is still refillable though). Do Gooder is an initiative started by Nelson-based dentist, Nicky Francis.


4 thoughts on “Zero Waste in Nelson City”

  • Kia ora. I just heard today that I missed your presentation at the nelson library, and I would have loved it! However I have enjoyed reading your web site with all the wonderful things which we can purchase in our region without using plastics. Hopefully you would have seen our beeswax wraps at Ecoland/ Organic co-op and you have mentioned beeswax wraps in your list of products. It would be especially good if you added that they are called HappBee Wrap, made locally by HappBee Planet using local beeswax. We also make three sizes of reusable bags made from 100% cotton and beeswax which are currently available at Prego and the Saturday Market. Thanks for the opportunity to make this comment. I know I will refer to your web site often. Oh and just remembered, Pestells Butchers will also put meat into customers own containers. Thanks for spreading the zero waste message and inspiring people with your presentation. Jo

    • Kia ora Jo – thanks so much for getting in touch. Yes! We can definitely specify that the beeswax wrap in Ecoland/Organic Co-op is HappBee Wrap (we should have done this already, actually, and apologise that we didn’t specify that they were yours). Also, we have a feeling that some of the other beeswax wraps in some of the stores are yours too (maybe at Fibre Spectrum and Little Beehive, perhaps?) If you’re able to look through the guide and let us know if any of the places with beeswax wraps that we’ve listed are also stockists of HappBee, we’ll happily update all instances. Are you also the beeswax wrap that is in Good Health in Motueka?

      Didn’t see the reusable cotton bags when we were in Prego – will add that in too, but can you just give us some more details – are they reusable shopping bags, or produce or bulk bin bags?

      Thanks for leaving a comment 🙂

      H & L

  • Love your mahi you fullas! You have swept a zero waste wind through Te Tau Ihu, let’s hope the momentum continues, at the very least in connecting zero wasters and inspiring small changes. Thank you for this ace resource. Ngā mihi aroha ki a kōrua!

    • Tēna koe e hoa! We found such a zero waste-friendly community in Whakatū when we arrived, so lots of you have already done heaps of groundwork 🙂 SO exciting that the zero waste community is so strong because you’ve got so many committed peeps to keep the momentum going and to build it up even more. Ka mau te wehi! Arohanui – tino pai te tutaki i a kōrua, ko Carlo. Ko te tumanāko, ka tipu tonu te kaha a Waste No More, nā te mea, he tino ataahua ā koutou whakamiharo 🙂 Keep in touch!!

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