Zero Waste in North Shore and Northern Auckland

Zero Waste in North Shore and Northern Auckland

This guide covers North Shore and Northern Auckland. For other areas of Auckland, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Auckland Region post.

North Shore

FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. THAT OFFER LOOSE ITEMS WHICH YOU CAN PUT, UNPACKAGED, INTO YOUR OWN BYO BAGS/CONTAINERS)

Wholefoods/pantry staples

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. Here, we list shops that stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or which at least have an option for you to avoid unnecessary packaging), so that you can put these ingredients straight into your own bags, jars, containers and bottles, and skip the packaging!

  • GoodFor, 360 Lake Road, Takapuna – New Zealand’s FIRST packaging-free store. It’s pretty amazing to see and the range of items available is impressive. James, the founder and owner, is also putting a great deal of thought into how to reduce the store’s own waste footprint. You can get all the staples here – grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, spices. As well as liquid foods, including oils, syrups and vinegars. You can also get harder to find things like Fairtrade cocoa, vege stock, pasta and cocoa butter (to name a few). If you need baking soda and vinegar, yep, you can get it here! Not only that, but GoodFor is also teaming up with local producers to bring packaging-free supplies of locally-made products, like those by Little Bird.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford – a packaging-free store that has just about every whole food you could desire (flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices) as well as a few snacks and treats in bulk (like chocolate and potato chips). There are also a wide range of cereals and granolas, nut butter extruders, and even pasta and gluten-free pasta! A great range of liquid foods in bulk too, from oils and vinegars to syrups. Some more unusual finds include balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, coconut nectar, tahini and macadamia oil.
  • Barakah Foods, 171B Archers Road, Hillcrest – has a range of bulk bins stocking flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit (including a range of different kinds of dates), spices, and herbs. Also stocks harder to find dried goods, like baking soda and baking powder.
  • Top in Town Spice City, 175 Archers Road, Hillcrest – has a wide range of bulk bins stocking flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices, as well as baking soda and baking powder.
  • Patel Brothers Indian Supermarket, 92 Sunnybrae Road, Hillcrest – has a wide range of bulk bins stocking flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices.
  • Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield; Bin Inn Browns Bay, 12 Inverness Road, Browns Bay – 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. All Bin Inn stores around New Zealand are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Wairau Foods and Spices, 22/170 Wairau Road, Glenfield – stocks flours, rice, legumes, spices, baking powder and some seeds in bulk.
  • Produce Planet Supermarket, 170D Wairau Road, Wairau Valley – stocks beans, peanuts, semolina, corn flour and millet in bulk bins.
  • Saffron Foods, 16i Link Drive, Wairau Valley – stocks a wide range of bulk dried foods, including grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices and also baking soda and baking powder.
  • Da Hua Supermarket, Don Mckinnon Drive, Albany – right by the counter at the front of the store there are a handful of bulk bins stocking some grains, beans and peanuts.
  • Supermarkets – most supermarkets have bulk bin/pick and mix sections with wholefoods (BYO bags for these). However they’re pretty expensive, often more so than equivalent ingredients in packets (bah!), and much pricier than the bulk bins at the stores listed above (even organic stores’ bulk bins!). But look out for when things in the bulk bin aisle in supermarkets are on special because sometimes you can get a good deal!
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese/Deli/Tofu

Places that sell unpackaged meat, sausages, meat products, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods who will happily put your unwrapped purchases straight into a BYO container – woohoo! **CAN YOU HELP US TO UPDATE THIS SECTION** <– get in touch if your fave spot isn’t on here!

  • The Highbury Butcher, 11 Mokoia Road, Birkenhead 
  • Torbay Village Butchery, 1036 Beach Road, Torbay
  • The Cheese Room, 146 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks large rounds of cheese – get cuts of cheese straight off the round into your BYO container.
  • Barakah Foods, 171B Archers Road, Hillcrest – sells many types of olives at the deli (BYO container).
  • Unpackaged live mussels – most supermarkets stock unpackaged live mussels at self-serve counters. We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide. 
Bakeries

The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (some things in some of these stores might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). So all you need to do is BYO 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 early enough before they do that (i.e. before 1pm). **CAN YOU HELP US TO UPDATE THIS SECTION** <– get in touch if your fave spot isn’t on here!

  • Most supermarkets (and even some Four Squares) stock unpackaged bread, bread rolls and/or bakery goods in their bakery section – just pop them into your BYO bags!
Markets and other low-waste goodies you might not have thought of
  • 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! By and large, 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. Have a chat to see if you can leave containers with the stall holders for them to fill with your desired product for you to pick up from them the following week, or if the stallholder uses glass jars for packaging, ask whether they will take their empty glass jars back for sterilisation and reuse. Check out some of the markets on the North Shore.
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging, made by Econic, 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. You can get all of these goods at Trade Aid Takapuna, 55 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna. You can get the sugar and chocolate at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; the coconut oil and chocolate at Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; or just the chocolate at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport; and Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany.
  • Unpackaged chocolate/sweets/snacks – a few shops have sweet treats unpackaged that you can have put into your own containers:
    • GoodFor, 360 Lake Road, Takapuna – chocolate, and other sweets & snacks, unpackaged
    • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks a wide range of unpackaged sweets and snacks in bulk.
    • The Old Lolly Shop, Parkway Arcade, 56-60 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna – loose candy/lollies sold from glass jars
    • Crazy Pixie, 5/145 Kitchener Road, Milford – a huge range of jars of unpackaged sweets.
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth raw chocolate (which comes in home compostable packaging) is sold at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport; Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany
  • Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany also sells Food Garden vegan pies, patties and sausages which all come wrapped in home compostable packaging.

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Coffee – we recommend looking out for stores that offer whole or ground coffee beans loose, which you can have put straight into a BYO bag or container, for example, at Meebz Coffee Roasters, 3 Milford Road, Milford. Where this is not possible, the next best option is to look out for coffee that comes in home compostable packaging (such as the Econic packaging) – for example, Kokako coffee, which you can find at Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford and Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany. Huckleberry‘s branded coffee is also packaged in Econic‘s home compostable packaging.
  • Tea – you can buy tea leaves loose at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport.
  • Drinking Chocolate – Kokako‘s drinking chocolate comes in home compostable packaging. You can buy it at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; and Huckleberry, 135 Lake Road, Belmont; 52 East Coast Road, Milford.
  • Non-dairy milk – it can be hard to find non-dairy milk in anything other than a Tetrapak. We make our own because it’s so easy and cheap, but if you would prefer to buy, then look out for Nutmylk Co‘s nut milks, which come in glass bottles. We’ve seen them available at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna.
  • Beer – we look out for off-licences that sell beer on tap, from which you can fill up BYO bottles/flagons. For example, Liquid Experience, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna, Liquorland Forrest Hill, 252 Forrest Hill Road, Forrest Hill, Liquordland Northcross (Browns Bay), corner Carlisle and East Coast Road, Northcross.
  • Kombucha – while kombucha is great to make at home, packaging-free, you can also get it on tap at GoodFor, 360 Lake Road, Takapuna; and The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford.

KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES

Reusable drinking vessels (cups and water bottles)

Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable water bottles at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport; Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; GoodFor, 360 Lake Road, Takapuna; Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna; The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford; Stevens, Shop 357, Glenfield Mall, Cnr Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups on the North Shore:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Stevens, Shop 357, Glenfield Mall, Cnr Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield.
  • The NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; Wild Wheat Bakery, 1/67 Lake Road, Belmont; Duck Limited, 42 Anzac Street, Takapuna;
  • Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna – stocks various reusable takeaway coffee cups (including ceramic varieties, Joco Cups, and Frank Green)
  • Get Ideal Cups (made in Hutt Valley, Wellington) at Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany.
  • Zuperzozial coffee cups are sold at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna.

Reusable lunch boxes/containers

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 Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna.

Reusable bags (shopping bags, produce bags and bulk bin bags)

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. You can get 100% cotton produce, bulk bin and/or string shopping bags at The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford; Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany.

Reusable straws

Say “no straw thanks” next time you order a drink out and either use your mouth to drink, or get yourself a reusable metal straw instead. If you’re keen on a reusable metal straw, you can get them from I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna; Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany; The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport.

Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil

  • Beeswax wrap – available at S’Pacific, Shop 3, Old Post Office Building, 10 Victoria Road, Devonport; Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna; and Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Munch sandwich pouches, and Zuperzozial reusable sandwich bags, at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany; and Stevens, Shop 357, Glenfield Mall, Cnr Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield; Bin Inn Browns Bay, 12 Inverness Road, Browns Bay – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with, including Ecostore’s cleaning products.

Laundry

  • Soapnuts NZ soapnuts come in a cardboard box with no plastic lining. You can get them at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks bulk laundry powder.
  • Get Go Bamboo clothes pegs at Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield; and Bin Inn Browns Bay, 12 Inverness Road, Browns Bay.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at GoodFor, 360 Lake Road, Takapuna; Barakah Foods, 171B Archers Road, Hillcrest; Top in Town Spice City, 175 Archers Road, Hillcrest; Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield; Bin Inn Browns Bay, 12 Inverness Road, Browns Bay; Saffron Foods, 16i Link Drive, Wairau Valley.
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – get US made Dr Bronner’s castile bars at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany; Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield; and Bin Inn Browns Bay, 12 Inverness Road, Browns Bay.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

Zero waste teeth and mouth

  • Bamboo toothbrushes – a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have wooden, home compostable handles (though bristles are still plastic and need to be removed from the handle and put in a rubbish bin). You can find bamboo toothbrushes at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport; Huckleberry, two locations: 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany; and Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport
  • S’Pacific, Shop 3, Old Post Office Building, 10 Victoria Road, Devonport – unpackaged soap and offcuts of soap from a local soap factory.
  • Huckleberry, two locations; 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford
  • Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany
  • Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield

Bars for Shampoo/Shaving/Deodorant/Moisturiser

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!

  • The popular Ethique range which includes shampoo bars, conditioner bars, shaving bars, deodorant bars, moisturiser bars, etc. (all of Ethique‘s bars come in home compostable packaging) is available at Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. You can get menstrual cups at The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport; Huckleberry, two locations; 135 Lake Road, Belmont; and 52 East Coast Road, Milford; I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; and Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany.

Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield.
  • Toilet Paper – get Greencane toilet paper (which is wrapped in home compostable packaging) at I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna; and Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany.
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it unpackaged in bulk bins from available unpackaged in bulk bins at GoodFor, 360 Lake Road, Takapuna; Barakah Foods, 171B Archers Road, Hillcrest; Top in Town Spice City, 175 Archers Road, Hillcrest; Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield; Bin Inn Browns Bay, 12 Inverness Road, Browns Bay; Saffron Foods, 16i Link Drive, Wairau Valley.
    • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford stocks epsom salts, bentonite clay and jars of activated charcoal.

Northern Auckland

FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. THAT OFFER LOOSE ITEMS WHICH YOU CAN PUT, UNPACKAGED, INTO YOUR OWN BYO BAGS/CONTAINERS)

Wholefoods/pantry staples

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. Here, we list shops that stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or which at least have an option for you to avoid unnecessary packaging), so that you can put these ingredients straight into your own bags, jars, containers and bottles, and skip the packaging!

  • Bulk Bin Orewa, 326 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Stanmore Bay, Orewa – 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, syrups, even marmalade!), sweets and treats, and items essential for zero waste living, such as baking soda, salt and other specialty baking/cooking goods.
  • Bin Inn Warkworth, 11 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth – 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, syrups, even jams!), sweets and treats, and items essential for zero waste living, such as baking soda, salt and other specialty baking/cooking goods.
  • The Matakana Deli, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana – sells local extra virgin olive oil, as well as maple water (unrefined syrup) from Canada, on tap – BYO bottle.
  • Supermarkets – most supermarkets have bulk bin/pick and mix sections with wholefoods (BYO bags for these). However they’re pretty expensive, often more so than equivalent ingredients in packets (bah!), and much pricier than the bulk bins at the stores listed above (even organic stores’ bulk bins!). But look out for when things in the bulk bin aisle in supermarkets are on special because sometimes you can get a good deal!
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese/Deli

Places that sell unpackaged meat, sausages, meat products, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods who will happily put your unwrapped purchases straight into a BYO container – woohoo

  • Warkworth Butchery, 10 Queen Street, Warkworth – this butcher also stocks Bostock’s Organic Chicken which comes in Econic home compostable packaging.
  • The Village Butchery, 66 Matakana Valley Road, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana
  • The Matakana Deli, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana – a couple of very expensive cheese options can be cut off the wheel into your own container.
  • Unpackaged live mussels – there are a few stores around town that stock unpackaged live mussels at self-serve counters. We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide. You can get some at New World Warkworth, 6 Percy Street, Warkworth; Four Square Wellsford, 201 Rodney Street, Wellsford.
Bakeries

The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (some things in some of these stores might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). So all you need to do is BYO 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 early enough before they do that (i.e. before 1pm).

  • Savan’s Bakery, 56 Queen Street, Warkworth
  • Plume Cafe, 1335 Leigh Road, Matakana – artisan sourdough and specialty bread
  • The Matakana Deli, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana – artisan sourdough bread
  • Euro Bakery, 70 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana

Markets and other low-waste goodies you might not have thought of

  • 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! Across Auckland, be sure to check out your local markets and farmers’ markets because you will almost ALWAYS be able to get items without packaging. All the better when it’s grown locally and you can support sustainable growing practices. Check out the Matakana Village Farmers Market on Saturdays for a range of low-waste goodies. By and large, 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. Often stallholders with other products may also allow you to leave containers with them to fill with your desired product for you to pick up from them the following week, or if the stallholder uses glass jars for packaging, ask whether they will take their empty glass jars back for sterilisation and reuse.
  • Charlies Gelato Garden, 17 Sharp Road, Matakana – get strawberries unpackaged into a BYO container!!
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth raw chocolate (which comes in home compostable packaging) is sold at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; and Four Square Matakana, 21 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Coffee – look out for stores that offer coffee beans loose, which you can have put straight into a BYO bag or container, for example, at Bulk Bin Orewa, 326 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Stanmore Bay, Orewa and Bin Inn Warkworth, 11 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth.
  • Drinking chocolate – Kokako‘s drinking chocolate comes in home compostable packaging. You can buy it at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana.

KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES

Reusable drinking vessels (cups and water bottles)

Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable metal water bottles at Arcadia Natural Health Store, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth; Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; Tea and Tonic, 5A/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana; and Studio Matakana, 12/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in Tauranga:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Savan’s Bakery, 56 Queen Street, Warkworth; Cafe Savan, 23-25 Queen Street, Warkworth
  • Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana – stocks various reusable takeaway coffee cups (including ceramic varieties)
  • Get Ideal Cups (made in Hutt Valley, Wellington) at Home Style Depot, 8a Silverdale Street, Silverdale
  • Zuperzozial coffee cups are sold at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; and Studio Matakana, 12/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.

Reusable lunch boxes/containers

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 Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; 

Reusable bags (shopping bags, produce bags and bulk bin bags)

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. You can get 100% cotton produce, bulk bin and/or string shopping bags by Rethink at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; or just the produce bags at Four Square Matakana, 21 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.

Reusable straws

Say “no straw thanks” next time you order a drink out and either use your mouth to drink, or get yourself a reusable metal straw instead. If you’re keen on a reusable metal straw, you can get them from Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana; or get some glass straws from Harts Pharmacy, 27 Queen Street, Warkworth

Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana; Mooi Mooi, 650 Matakana Road, Matakana; and Drummers Homestore, 225 Rodney Street, Wellsford.
    • DIY (waaaay cheaper): You just need to get natural fibre fabric (cotton) and unpackaged beeswax. Keep an eye out at secondhand stores and fabric stores for off-cuts of cotton. Get unpackaged beeswax at Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Zuperzozial sandwich pouches at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana.
  • Silicone pot/bowlcovers – a good option for storing leftovers in a bowl (other than just putting a plate on top!) or as an alternative to tin foil for roasting (as the covers can withstand temperatures of up to 220 degrees and will also keep hot food warm when transporting). You can buy these at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; Hobbs Gifts and Homewares, 163 Rodney Street, Wellsford; and Drummers Homestore, 225 Rodney Street, Wellsford

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana (we were told by a store keeper that they intended to phase out this product unless locals wanted them to retain it, so might be worth going in and saying you’d like them to retain it!); 

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:

  • For something more like a traditional dishcloth sponge, check out the Kuitukuu 100% cotton + cellulose dishcloth sponges, or White Magic corn and soy sponges (which are both home compostable at the end of their life) which are available at Drummers Homestore, 225 Rodney Street, Wellsford
  • You can buy locally knitted 100% cotton or organic bamboo fibre dishcloths at Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.
  • If you’re after a coarser scrubby, you can get an Eco Scrubby made from corn (usually they are made from Polyester and Polymide, so be careful to make sure you get the corn one!)

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Bulk Bin Orewa, 326 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Stanmore Bay, Orewa – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
  • Bin Inn Warkworth, 11 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! You can get this at New World Warkworth, 6 Percy Street, Warkworth.
  • Soapnuts NZ soapnuts come in a cardboard box with no plastic lining. You can get them at Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Bulk Bin Orewa, 326 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Stanmore Bay, Orewa; Bin Inn Warkworth, 11 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – get US made Dr Bronner’s castile bars at Health by Logic, 20 Silverdale Street, Silverdale; Hibiscus Health Shop, 3 Tamariki Avenue, Orewa; Bulk Bin Orewa, 326 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Stanmore Bay, Orewa; Arcadia Health Shop, Shop 4, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth; Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

Zero waste teeth and mouth

  • Bamboo toothbrushes – a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have wooden, home compostable handles (though bristles are still plastic and need to be removed from the handle and put in a rubbish bin). You can find bamboo toothbrushes at Hibiscus Health Shop, 3 Tamariki Avenue, Orewa; New World Warkworth, 6 Percy Street, Warkworth; Harts Pharmacy, 27 Queen Street, Warkworth; Arcadia Natural Health Shop,  Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth; Four Square Matakana, 21 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana; Tea and Tonic, 5A/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana; and Wellsford Health and Wellness, 155 Rodney Street, Wellsford.
  • Dental Floss – Tea and Tonic, 5A/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana stocks The Eco Floss in a glass dispenser. The floss is PLA, which is compostable. Sometimes PLA can’t be hard to break down in a home compost but in floss form it is probably OK. This is a good alternative for vegans who may not want to use silk floss.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • Health by Logic, 20 Silverdale Street, Silverdale
  • The French Cupboard, two locations: 1/44 Silverdale Street, Silverdale; and Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth.
  • Studio Matakana, 12/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana

Bars for Shampoo/Shaving/Deodorant/Moisturiser

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!

  • Look out for the popular Ethique range which includes shampoo bars, conditioner bars, shaving bars, deodorant bars, moisturiser bars, etc. (all of Ethique‘s bars come in home compostable packaging). We saw it stocked at Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana (though only a few of their products).

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads.

  • Menstrual cups are readily available around North Auckland, including at Arcadia Health Shop, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth; Life Pharmacy Franklin’s, 48 Queen Street, Warkworth; New World Warkworth, 6 Percy Street, Warkworth; Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana; Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana; and Four Square Matakana, 21 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana.
  • Reusable pads – available at Arcadia Health Shop, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth
Other
  • Toilet Paper – Greencane toilet paper is wrapped in home compostable packaging, which you can get from New World Warkworth, 6 Percy Street, Warkworth; and Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana.
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it unpackaged in bulk bins from Bulk Bin Orewa, 326 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Stanmore Bay, Orewa; Bin Inn Warkworth, 11 Elizabeth Street, Warkworth.


3 thoughts on “Zero Waste in North Shore and Northern Auckland”

  • Love this so much! Have been curious to find zero-waste products specifically up north, but didn’t really know where to start, turns out there are way more places than I expected! Thanks for your help!

  • Torbay fruit and vege shop and Torbay butcher y both encourage you to bring your own bags and containers.

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