Zero Waste in North Canterbury (excluding Christchurch City)

Zero Waste in North Canterbury (excluding Christchurch City)

**This guide covers North Canterbury only, but it excludes Christchurch City. You will be able to access the rest of the Canterbury region shopping guides (including Christchurch) once they are uploaded (we’re currently working on it!)**

NB: This guide is arranged roughly from the North of North Canterbury, to the South (skipping over Christchurch but including Selwyn District), so scroll through to find your neck of the woods! 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.

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

  • Wildflower Botanicals, 8 West End, Kaikōura – a beautiful little shop that sells a range of sugar, spice, pepper and salt blends that can be put in your own containers – 10% discount on these if you BYO containers!
  • Kaikōura Cheese, 45 West End, Kaikōura – you can get cuts of these beautiful locally made cheeses into your own container.
  • Hislops, 33 Beach Road, Kaikōura – you can buy Hislop’s freshly baked organic wholemeal bread, made with flour milled by Hislop’s themselves, unpackaged (BYO bag!)
  • Kaikōura Bakery, 69a Beach Road, Kaikōura – sells bread and bakery goods unpackaged (BYO bag).
  • Cods & Crayfish, 81 Beach Road, Kaikōura – BYO container for fresh fish, crayfish and mussels.
  • New World, 124-128 Beach Road, Kaikōura – sells live mussels (BYO container – we use an ice cream container), and bread and bakery goods unpackaged.
  • Kaikōura Fruit/Vege Co-op – if you’d like to get unpackaged fruit and veges, you could consider joining a co-op organised by Megan (from Wildflower Botanicals, 8 West End, Kaikōura). The fruit and vege is ordered in advance and it arrives in crates without packaging! If you’d like to join, just drop into Wildflower Botanicals to chat with Megan, or contact her. With more members on board, it could be possible to expand the co-op to bulk buy dried foods etc. through Chantal/Ceres (at the moment the membership is probably too small to make this viable, but with some more keen members and people who might be willing to help organise, it could be possible!)
  • Four Square, 12 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – has a small bulk section with snacks, lollies, nuts, and dried fruit.
  • Fresh Fudge, 16 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – sells store-made fudge unpackaged (BYO container)
  • The Decadent Fudge Company, 1/30 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – sells store-made fudge (including dairy and sugar-free options) and sweets unpackaged (BYO container)
  • Harris Meats, 23 Hall Street, Cheviot – here they are happy for you to BYO container to avoid having your meat wrapped in disposable plastic.
  • Paris Bakery & Cafe, 96b Carters Road, Amberley – makes and sells sourdough and French breads/pastries unpackaged.
  • Four Square, 94 Carters Road, Amberley – has a tiny bulk section selling nuts, snacks and dried fruit.
  • Bin Inn Rangiora, 87 Ivory Street, Rangiora – 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, plenty of unpackaged sweets, treats and snacks, and liquid foods like vinegar and oil.  They also both have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar! This particular Bin Inn also stocks Loving Earth chocolate (which comes in home compostable packaging). All Bin Inns across the country offer a 5% discount if you bring your own bags and containers.
  • Mediterranean Food Co, 7/188 High Street, Rangiora – stocks Trade Aid‘s range of flavoured 100g chocolate blocks (which come in Econic home-compostable packaging), as well as fresh bread (sourdough, foccacia, baguette etc.) unpackaged.
  • New World, Good Street, Rangiora – this particular New World has a quite extensive Alison’s Pantry bulk section (though, like most supermarkets, the bulk section is pretty expensive). It also stocks loose/unpackaged bakery goods, loose/unpackaged fresh herbs (parsley, basil, mint, rosemary, coriander), loose medjool dates, and Trade Aid‘s range of flavoured 100g chocolate blocks (which come in Econic home-compostable packaging).
  • The Butcher’s Mistress, 84 High Street, Rangiora – here they are happy for you to BYO container to avoid having your meat, sausages and small goods wrapped in disposable plastic.
  • Artisan Bakery, 18 High Street, Rangiora – makes and sells fresh unpackaged bread and other baked goods (BYO bag).
  • North Canterbury Seafood Market, 2 High Street, Rangiora, and Ohoka Market, 531 Mill Road, Ohoka – while you are welcome to BYO container for fresh seafood, they do prefer to use a plastic sheet on scales for hygiene reasons. We would recommend asking if they can just put your container on the scales, tare it, and then put the fish directly in the container (to avoid the plastic sheet!)
  • Rangiora Produce Market, 73 Ivory Street, Rangiora – apart from the produce, this store also stocks bulk snacks, nuts, sweets and rice cheaper than you can usually find in a supermarket.
  • Cattermoles Butchery, 159 Williams Street, Kaiapoi – here they are happy for you to BYO container to avoid having your meat, sausages and smallgoods wrapped in disposable plastic.
  • New World, 52 Charles Street, Kaiapoi – sells live mussels, just BYO bag/container (we use an old ice cream container!)
  • The Lincoln Pantry, 5 Robert Street, Lincoln – you can get cuts of cheese off the round into your own BYO container, as well as unpackaged salami. Unpackaged loaves of bread and pastries are also available to go into BYO bags/containers. The store also stocks Ceres Raw Goodness bars and Loving Earth chocolate bars, both of which come in home compostable packaging.
  • New World, 77 Gerald Street, Lincoln – apart from the standard aisle of rather pricey Alison’s Pantry bulk foods, this New World also stocks loose cherry tomatoes, medjool dates, lettuce + mesclun (BYO bags/containers), Trade Aid chocolate bars and Ceres Raw Goodness Bars (both of which come in Econic home compostable packaging). You can also get unpackaged breads and the bakery section, and this particular New World is OK with you bringing your own containers to get deli food in.
  • New World, 92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston – apart from the standard aisle of rather pricey Alison’s Pantry bulk foods, this New World also stocks live mussels (which you can put in a BYO bag/container such as an ice cream container), unpackaged loaves of bread + bakery goods, Trade Aid chocolate bars and Loving Earth chocolate bars (both of which come in home compostable packaging), and 2kg bags of Trade Aid sugar which are purely brown paper bags, excellent upcycled as a bulk bin refill bag, and when they reach the end of their life, they are home compostable.
  • Fresh Organic and Produce, Rolleston – this was a great store which we found as we were leaving Rolleston with HEAPS of organic, non-packaged produce. However we can’t retrace our steps to find the address! If anyone knows which store we are talking about, can you please let know so we can update this. We have a hunch this may be Tuahiwi Organic Gardens Rolleston store… are we right??
  • Markets! No two ways about it, if you want to get a good source of unpackaged, often locally grown, produce, markets are the place to frequent. We’ve found that markets, where you can meet the grower/producer face-to-face, are really great for starting fruitful conversations about waste-free food, and developing relationships and systems that enable you to get your favourite fruit, vege and preserves without the packaging. For example, we loved the Ohoka Farmers’ Market531 Mill Road, Ohoka – a great little market with plenty of low waste options, including lots of unpackaged produce, cheeses, olives/sundried tomatoes/artichokes/hummus and other antipasto goods (by Volcano) – just BYO bags and containers for all of it!

Drink options

  • 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, if you’re in Kaikōura then you’re super lucky than you can get a range of locally-blended herbal and infused teas put into your own containers (in fact, you’ll get a 10% discount for BYO packaging!) at Wildflower Botanicals, 8 West End, Kaikōura.
  • 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. In Kaikōura, your best option is Star Roast Coffee, 598 Kincaid Road, Hapuku – just give them a call before you go to make sure they’re around. Waimakariri has several options for coffee: both the Rangiora New World on Good Street, and Bin Inn Rangiora at 87 Ivory Street sell loose coffee beans and have grinders available. For locally roasted options, head to Crema Cafe196 High Street, Rangiora, who stores their ‘Custom Roast Coffee’ in glass jars, the contents of which can be transferred into a BYO bag or container; Coffee Culture113 High Street, Rangiora, 121 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi; and Three Llamas Gourmet Coffee, 65 Main North Road, Woodend, who are more than happy to put their ethically sourced and organic beans/grinds straight into your BYO container. In Selwyn, you can get fresh coffee beans/grinds in BYO bags/containers at Coffee Culture, 19 Gerald Street, Lincoln; at The Lincoln Pantry, 5 Robert Street, Lincoln or at New World Rolleston, 92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston. Apart from loose/unpackaged coffee beans, New World Rolleston also stocks Christchurch Roaster Caffe Prima‘s coffee, which comes in Econic‘s home compostable packaging. If you’re into instant coffee, Trade Aid’s Instant comes in home compostable packaging. We saw this stocked at New World Lincoln, 77 Gerald Street, Lincoln and New World Rolleston, 92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston.
  • Milk – a great way to get milk zero waste is to look out for milk vending machines that allow you to get milk in reusable glass bottles – you simply pay for the glass bottle(s) the first time you get milk, and from then on you just refill these bottles whenever you visit. In Waimakariri there’s one such vending machine at Cavan Farm Fresh Milk, 56 Ashley Gorge Road, Oxford. In Selwyn District, there’s a milk vending machine in Kirwee at Aylesbury Creamery, 862 Aylesbury Road, Kirwee. Otherwise, your best bet is probably going to be milk powder from a bulk bin at Bin Inn Rangiora, 87 Ivory Street, Rangiora (or the ingredients to make non-dairy milk – oats, threaded coconut, nuts – from a bulk bin).
  • Beer – there are several breweries and liquor stores throughout the region where you can BYO bottle/rigger/flagon to fill with beer. In Kaikōura, there’s Emporium Brewing, 57A Beach Rd. In Amberley, your options are the famous Brew Moon Brewing Company, 12 Markham Street, or head to the Super Liquor, Brackenfield Shopping Centre, 121 Carters Road, who sell Speights and Mac’s on tap. In Rangiora, you’ll find The Good Drop, 7 Durham Street, which has 20 (!) craft beers on tap. You can either BYO bottle, or for $10 get a new glass rigger (screw top or flip top) which includes a fill. There’s also The Plough Hotel, 398 High Street, Rangiora, who’ll supposedly (we’ve heard through the grapevine) fill riggers over the bar. You can also find Christchurch-made craft beer by Brewers Union at the Ohoka Farmers’ Market, 531 Mill Road. Finally, The Bottle-O Kaikanui, 67 Williams Street, Kaiapoi, has Speights and Mac’s on tap.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Jade Kiwi, 78 West End, Kaikōura – stocks Cuppa Coffee Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups), FLOX ceramic takeaway coffee cups, and both glass and metal reusable water bottles.
  • Little Rock, 60 West End, Kaikōura – stocks reusable metal straws, Joco reusable takeaway coffee cups, and both glass and metal reusable water bottles.
  • Blossom, 44 West End, Kaikōura – sells Bianca Lorenne cotton cloths (that can be used as natural fibre dishcloths)
  • Genevieve’s, 47 West End, Kaikōura – stocks Cuppa Coffee Cup (NZ-made, reusable takeaway coffee cups), reusable water bottles (glass and metal varieties) and silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to plastic cling wrap and tin foil).
  • Gecko Gearz, 64 West End, Kaikōura – stocks Honeywrap beeswax wraps.
  • Haven, West End, Kaikōura – stocks General Eclectic takeaway coffee cups, and reusable glass water bottles.
  • New World, 124-128 Beach Road, Kaikōura – stocks Budget brand 100% cotton dishcloths.
  • Homestead Interiors, The Village Shopping Centre, Hanmer Springs – stocks Honeywrap beeswax wraps.
  • Four Square, 12 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – sells Rethink organic cotton produce bags.
  • Up the Garden Path, 5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – stocks 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!).
  • Four Square, 2 Rolleston Street, Cheviot – stocks Budget brand 100% cotton dishcloths.
  • Four Square, 94 Carters Road, Amberley – stocks Go Bamboo veggie brushes (can be used as dishbrush – home compostable at the end of its useful life), and locally made produce bags (by Lascivo).
  • Mumma T, 86 Carters Road, Amberley – stocks Scandicloth 100% cotton/cellulose dishcloths (though these are wrapped in plastic, unfortunately).
  • Ruby Six, 6 Markham Street, Amberley – stocks Bianca Lorenne cotton cloths (that can be used as natural fibre dishcloths), Honeywrap beeswax wraps and reusable metal straws.
  • Wee Kiwi, 4/176 High Street, Rangiora – stocks small metal water bottles and reusable squeezee food pouches.
  • Fools of Desire (F.O.D) Cafe, Conway Lane, 176 High St, Rangiora; and Reality Bites Cafe, 96 High Street, Rangiora – sell Cuppa Coffee Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups), and reusable metal straws (these cafes use metal or paper straws rather than plastic ones, and the owner is the pioneer of Plastic Straw Free Rangiora!).
  • Coffee Worx, 13 Blackett Street, Rangiora – stocks Ideal Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • Artisan Bakery, 18 High Street, Rangiora – stocks large ceramic takeaway coffee cups.
  • Coffee Culture, 113 High Street, Rangiora and 121 Raven Quay, Kaiapoi – all Coffee Culture cafes stock Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Stevens, 151-183 High Street, Rangiora – stocks Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups, and wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads.
  • New World, Good Street, Rangiora – stocks Rethink produce bags.
  • Ohoka Farmers’ Market, 531 Mill Road, Ohoka – you can find stalls selling Honeywrap beeswax wrap here!
  • Veg’n Out, Woodend – stocks Lascivo produce bags
  • New World, 52 Charles Street, Kaiapoi – my vita bag produce bags, budget 100% cotton dishcloths
  • The Lincoln Pantry, 5 Robert Street, Lincoln – as this cafe/store is free of disposable takeaway coffee cups, they stock lots of reusable alternatives, including Keep Cup, bioplastic cups and cheaper plastic ones. They also stock reusable metal straws and beeswax wrap, reusable produce bags by BAGS NOT Plastic, silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to plastic cling wrap and tin foil), and Go Bamboo 100% wood and plant fibre veggie brushes (that can be used as an alternative to a plastic dishbrush and will be home compostable when it reaches the end of its life)
  • Coffee Culture, 19 Gerald Street, Lincoln – stocks reusable takeaway coffee cups by both Keep Cup and Frank Green.
  • The Gift Box, 19 Gerald Street, Lincoln – stocks reusable takeaway coffee cups made of bamboo.
  • New World Lincoln, 77 Gerald Street, Lincoln – stocks Budget brand 100% cotton dishcloths
  • New World Rolleston, 92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston – stocks My Vita Bag 100% organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags and Budget brand 100% cotton dishcloths.
  • Dragonfly Cafe, Rolleston Shopping Centre, 9/92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston – stocks General Eclectic glass reusable takeaway coffee cups and also Cuppa Coffee Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cup).
  • Industria, Rolleston (currently a pop-up next to Ray White, but will be shifting to a new, permanent location in Rolleston soon) – stocks reusable metal water bottles, reusable takeaway coffee cups by JOCO and Cuppa Coffee CupLily Bee beeswax wraps, and reusable metal straws. 
  • ReCycle and ReCreate – a local business based in Prebbleton, Selwyn, run by Shelley Bakker. Shelley makes bags and produce bags out of recycled materials under the clever label BAGS NOT Plastic. She also makes a variety of other products that help with low-waste living, such as cutlery holders. One of her preferred materials to work with are upcycled tents otherwise destined for landfill. If you’d like to catch Shelley and check out her awesome upcycled products, you can find her stall at the Prebbleton Community Market (a market where you can also find many other products with a sustainability focus, so put it in your diary!)
  • Tai Tapu Milk Company, 573 Old Tai Tapu Road, Tai Tapu – stocks Bento Ninja stainless steel lunchboxes.

Cleaning products

  • Wildflower Botanicals, 8 West End, Kaikōura – will do refills of essential oils (which can be great for homemade cleaning products), so you don’t have to buy a new bottle all the time. Also stocks unpackaged bars of castile soap, locally made by Hopi soaps hand crafted in Kaikōura, which can be used as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.
  • Four Square, 94 Carters Road, Amberley – stocks Go Bamboo pegs
  • Mumma T, 86 Carters Road, Amberley – stocks That Red House soapberries, packaged in a cloth bag with a brown paper inner lining
  • Bin Inn Rangiora, 87 Ivory Street, Rangiora – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with. Also stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap (which can be used as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid), and Epsom salts, borax, washing soda and baking soda in bulk.
  • Pak’n Save, 2 Southbrook Road, Rangiora – stocks Eco Planet laundry powder, which comes in a cardboard box, with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is made of cardboard rather than plastic.
  • New World, 52 Charles Street, Kaiapoi – stocks Eco Planet and Next Generation laundry powder, both of which come in a cardboard box, with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is made of cardboard rather than plastic.
  • The Lincoln Pantry, 5 Robert Street, Lincoln – stocks wooden pegs by Go Bamboo, and That Red House soapberries, packaged in a cloth bag with a brown paper inner lining.
  • New World Lincoln, 77 Gerald Street, Lincoln – stocks Eco Planet laundry powder, which comes in a cardboard box, with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is made of cardboard rather than plastic.
  • New World Rolleston, 92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston – stocks Eco Planet laundry powder, which comes in a cardboard box, with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is made of cardboard rather than plastic.

Bathroom products/skincare/body care

  • Wildflower Botanicals, 8 West End, Kaikōura – stocks unpackaged bars of soaps, locally made by Hopi soaps hand crafted in Kaikōura. Also does refills of some of the cosmetics, and all of the oils and essential oils, which are useful for homemade toiletries.
  • Little Rock, 60 West End, Kaikōura – stocks unpackaged bars of soap.
  • New World, 124-128 Beach Road, Kaikōura – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds.
  • Haven, West End, Kaikōura – stocks Blue Earth lip balm in a cardboard tube.
  • Fresh Fudge, 16 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – stocks unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Health Works Pharmacy, 7/5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Up the Garden Path, 5 Conical Hill Road, Hanmer Springs – stocks unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Four Square, 2 Rolleston Street, Cheviot – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles
  • Out of the Bleu, Amberley – stocks unpackaged bars and blocks of soap
  • Four Square, 94 Carters Road, Amberley – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds.
  • Mumma T, 86 Carters Road, Amberley – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Amberley Pharmacy, 127A Carters Road, Amberley – stocks unpackaged bars of soap
  • Unichem Medical Corner Pharmacy, 237A High Street, Rangiora – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles. Also stocks Ethique‘s range of awesome bar alternatives to toiletries that otherwise 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.
  • Pure and Natural Skincare, Rangiora – if you’re into getting natural, organic, chemical-free skincare without the wasteful packaging, look no further than the Precious Serum and Precious Balm by Pure and natural skincare, handmade from natural ingredients by the radiant and very talented Ute Hoffmann. Apart from being scrumptious skincare products, they are refillable! When you’re finished with your first batch, simply return the bottles to Ute, who will retain them for sterilisation and re-use, and you’ll get $1 off on your next purchase.
  • Life Pharmacy, 172-176 High Street, Rangiora – stocks Ethique‘s range of awesome bar alternatives to toiletries that otherwise 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.
  • Reality Bites Cafe, 96 High Street, Rangiora – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles
  • New World, Good Street, Rangiora – stocks menstrual cups.
  • Bin Inn Rangiora, 87 Ivory Street, Rangiora –  stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles and unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Pak’n Save, 2 Southbrook Road, Rangiora – stocks menstrual cups.
  • Ohoka Farmers’ Market, 531 Mill Road, Ohoka – you can find unpackaged bars of soap + shampoo & shaving bars at the Naturalus stall. The Atawhai Farm stall also sells unpackaged bars of goats milk soap + handmade deodorant in cardboard packaging.
  • The Lincoln Pantry, 5 Robert Street, Lincoln – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes (with wooden, home compostable handles) and home compostable cotton buds, and unpackaged bars of soap
  • Selwyn Community Pharmacy, 5B Gerald Street, Lincoln and Lincoln Pharmacy, 8 Gerald Street, Lincoln – both stock Humble Brush (with wooden, home compostable handles)
  • The Gift Box, 19 Gerald Street, Lincoln – stocks unpackaged bars of soap
  • New World Lincoln, 77 Gerald Street, Lincoln – stocks Grin toothbrushes (with wooden, home compostable handles), Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds, and menstrual cups.
  • New World Rolleston, 92 Rolleston Drive, Rolleston – stocks both Go Bamboo and Grin toothbrushes (with wooden, home compostable handles), and menstrual cups
  • Industria, Rolleston (currently a pop-up next to Ray White, but will be shifting to a new, permanent location in Rolleston soon) – stocks the Ethique range of soap bar products, including body wash, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant, so you can ditch the plastic bottle
  • Unichem Rolleston Central Pharmacy, 9 Masefield Drive, Rolleston – stocks Humble Brush (with wooden, home compostable handles)

Community groups, supportive networks and help with tricky waste streams

  • Food waste – food waste and scraps going to landfill not only produces methane, but also represents the loss of an excellent resource that could be turned into compost to enrich our soil, or, if the discarded food was still edible, the loss of perfectly good food that could go to someone that wants to eat it! If you live in Kaikōura or Selwyn District then, luckily for you, Innovative Waste Kaikōura, 80 Scarborough Street, Kaikōura runs a food/organic waste collection for composting at their commercial compost, and Selwyn District Council also offers a user-pays organic waste collection service. For those outside Kaikōura and Selwyn District who’d like to set up a compost, worm farm or bokashi system at home to deal with your organic waste, in Hurunui District, the council subsidises Bokashi bins and zing, which you can purchase at the Amberley Transfer Station, 52 Grays Road, Amberley, or at the Hanmer Springs, Amuri or Cheviot libraries (order and pay in advance). In Waimakariri District, you can buy discounted bokashi bins and zing at the council service centres and the ReSale store at Southbrook Resource and Recovery Park; at the ReSale Store you can also get Earthmaker compost starter kits at a discounted price. You can also attend a composting workshop by Eco Educate. If you don’t want to set up your own system, then Rangiora Community Garden, 115 East Belt, Rangiora will also accept food scraps from households for its compost, so you could take your scraps there instead! If you are a business in Hurunui and Waimakariri (especially Amberley, Kaiapoi, Rangiora) that is chucking out food that is still edible but not saleable, you can get in touch with Satisfy Food Rescue – an excellent initiative that takes edible food from businesses that would otherwise go to waste, and redistributes it to people who need it.
  • 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. Rather than throwing you broken electronics out – have you considered trying to get them repaired first? You could pay someone to do it, or look out for Repair or Fix-it Cafes 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, so ask around to see if someone might be interested to run one). If your electronics really have given up the ghost, rather than chucking them out, take them to be recycled – Innovative Waste Kaikōura, 80 Scarborough Street, Kaikōura takes a wide range of electronic-related waste, from batteries and appliances through whiteware and old phones and chargers – see here. In Hurunui District, all transfer stations accept e-waste for recycling, as do the Southbrook Resource Recovery Park and the Oxford Transfer Station in Waimakariri. In some of these places, and/or for some items, you will have to pay a small fee (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.
  • Clothes Swap – Textile waste is becoming one of the world’s fastest growing waste streams, driven in part by the human desire to replenish our wardrobes regularly with new clothes. But what if there were a way to rejig our wardrobe without having to buy brand new clothes? Enter the idea of the clothes swap! At a clothes swap, you bring along items of clothing you no longer wear or feel you can part with, and take home with you items that you fancy that someone else has brought along. That’s a free, low-impact upgrade to your wardrobe – perfect! If this sounds like a great idea to you, check out the Prebbleton Drop ‘n’ Swap in Selwyn District.
  • Community Gardens – community gardens and 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 community gardens dotted around the region, including one run by Te Hā o Mātauranga in Kaikōura, Rangiora Community Garden and Kaiapoi Community Garden – definitely worth checking out! 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.
  • Innovative Waste Kaikōura, 80 Scarborough Street, Kaikōura – this place is amazing and is recognised as one of the leading community recyclers in the country, with a long legacy of diverting huge amounts of Kaikōura’s waste from landfill (over 70%). The team is passionate and super helpful – they’ll have you recycling in no time! The on-site re-use shop is beautiful and a stellar place to find secondhand items rather than buying them new. If you’re undertaking a craft, building or home maker project and need some wood off-cuts, scrap metal, bolts, nuts or other building equipment, come to Innovative Waste first, rather than buying new, you’ll be amazed at what you can find. There’s a reason why locals call this place “Mitre 11” 😉
  • Kaiapoi Food Forest, corner of Cass, Meadow Streets and Oram Place – this is a really special place overseen by Brent Cairns (with a group of awesome trustees and the support of the community) on land that was red zoned following the Canterbury earthquakes in Kaiapoi. Along with the help of the community, the Kaiapoi Food Forest trustees are transforming this land into a forager’s dream – a 1.5 acre plot filled with fruit trees, edible plants, mushrooms, and rongoā. It’s open to the public at any time and there are lots of spaces to picnic and relax. Food forests are an excellent place for people to come and learn about how to identify food without packaging, and to increase food resilience and security (i.e. moving beyond reliance on supermarkets). The Food Forest regularly holds planting days where anyone can come along, contribute a plant or some seeds, take part in the planting, or just learn a thing or two about the food forest and the kinds of kai that are growing there.
  • Toy Libraries – reduce the wasteful over-consumption of toys and save money by joining a toy library! Check out this list of toy libraries in North Canterbury to find the nearest one to you!
  • Menzshed – 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!
  • Te Hā o Mātauranga – Learning in Kaikōura, 14 Ludstone Road, Kaikōura – this place is a total hive of activity, running a wide range of projects that help with low-waste living. The organisation runs a community garden where locals can learn how to grow food and compost (and also take home freshly grown unpackaged food!). They also have a Community Shed on-site that has a shared workspace equipped with tools where locals can come to do their own projects or work with upcycled materials to create items for the community or Te Hā o Mātauranga to use (so allowing materials that might otherwise go to waste get a second life, while also creating a space where people can share tools rather than having to go out and buy their own version of everything). The organisation also runs workshops such as reusable t-shirt bag making workshops. Finally, they’re even setting up a Time Exchange – an excellent way to share skills and services without the exchange of money, allowing you to reduce waste on a budget, harness skills of creating and repairing in your community, or have someone pass these skills on to you.
  • The Crafty Place, Beach Road, Kaikōura – come along to The Crafty Place on Monday or Thursday, between 10am-2pm, to carry out your craft, sewing, knitting or other crafty projects with like-minded people. You may even be able to learn new skills to boost your resourcefulness, or pass on your skills to others – like knitting dishcloths, sewing bags, or repairing clothes. Yay!
  • Eco Educate – run by Lesley Ottey, Eco Educate is a force of waste minimisation wonder in Waimakariri. Eco Educate runs workshops in schools and in communities on a wide range of waste reducing topics, from composting, gardening, recycling, and rethinking waste. You may have also heard about Lesley’s toy rescue progamme, which is quite amazing! Get in touch if you’re based in Waimakariri and would like to have Lesley run a workshop for you or your local school.
  • The Rubbish Runner – Matt Akehurst, AKA The Rubbish Runner, is based in North Canterbury. Matt has been raising awareness about litter after he decided to test whether he would be able to pick up 7000 pieces of rubbish off Kaiaraki, the beach he runs on every day, in 70 days. Unfortunately, he achieved this target in 47 days. So he then decided to try for 10,000 pieces, but achieved that in 65 days. As he stated in a recent press release, his challenge was “a disappointing success“. Matt is continuing to run and pick up rubbish, sharing his finds on his Facebook and Instagram pages. You can hear him talking about his project in this interview with Radio New Zealand. Recently, he collaborated with artist David Thorpe to produce this video. We recommend following Matt/The Rubbish Runner on social media – he’s planning on taking on new projects and maybe sharing his story in schools, so he’s one to watch in the region!
  • Businesses fighting disposability – In Rangiora, you’ll surely know about Plastic Straw-Free Rangiora, an initiative triggered by Elisa Leach who owns two eateries/cafes in Rangiora (Fools of Desire and Reality Bites). Elisa decided that she didn’t want her businesses to be contributing to the world’s plastic straw problem, and so she eliminated plastic straws from both Fools of Desire and Reality Bites. Since then, she’s started a larger campaign to rid Rangiora of plastic straws. Thanks to her, Rangiora is leading the way in New Zealand in encouraging businesses and cafes to go plastic straw-free. This is a great model that could spread throughout the region (and the country!), so the next time you order a drink out, give the initiative your support by saying “No straw please!”. You may also be aware that, this year, Elisa is working on making both Fools of Desire and Reality Bites “zero waste” eateries(!!) So do support Elisa in her endeavours. For those in Selwyn District, we were also really impressed by The Lincoln Pantry, 5 Robert Street, Lincoln that has recently stopped offering disposable takeaway coffee cups at their cafe. Now, coffee drinkers can either choose to have their coffee in the cafe in a washable mug, or they can bring along/purchase a reusable coffee cup for their takeaway coffee. Yay!


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  • Posted on Farm Fresh Milk NZ Facebook page as of today (04/04/2018)
    “FARM FRESH MILK NZ

    “Well the difficult decision has been made Next Wednesday 11th April will be the final day of supplying Raw Milk from
    Farm Fresh Milk. It definitely hasn’t been the easiest decision to make as it has been a big part of our life for the last 4yrs
    We would like to sincerely thank all our loyal customers that have supported us during this time and we are going to miss catching up with you on your visits.

    “Hopefully we will catch up with as many of you as possible over the next week

    “Hayden Gillian and the Farm Fresh team”

  • Could you also add that the Rangiora Produce Market (73 Ivory Street, Rangiora) makes their own peanut butter in store and you are welcome to bring your jar (weighted or not weighted) at anytime.

    You can also find good reusable produces bags at Pak’n’Save Rangiora. They are located opposite to the flowers in the produces area. They are well priced and good quality. The same bags can be found in the Harbour Co-op in Lyttelton.

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