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

  • The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport – stocks Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate, both of which come in home compostable packaging.
  • Huckleberry, 135 Lake Road, Belmont; 52 East Coast Road, Milford – stocks Loving Earth and Trade Aid chocolate, both of which come in home compostable packaging. Also stocks Trade Aid‘s coconut oil, which is in a glass jar without the plastic film around the lid (which so many other brands of coconut oil have).
  • I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna – stocks Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate (both of which come in home compostable packaging) and Trade Aid sugar (which comes in a brown paper bag that is great for upcycling as a bulk bin bag and is also home compostable).
  • Trade Aid Takapuna, 55 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna – stocks chocolate in home compostable packaging, coconut oil in glass jars without the plastic outer lining on the rim of the lid, and 2kg bags of sugar in brown paper bags that are great to upcycle as bulk bin bags and are also home compostable.
  • The Old Lolly Shop, Parkway Arcade, 56-60 Hurstmere Road, Takapuna – delicious loose candy/lollies sold from glass jars (BYO bag/container)
  • The Cheese Room, 146 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks large rounds of cheese – get cuts of cheese straight off the round into your BYO container.
  • 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.
  • Crazy Pixie, 5/145 Kitchener Road, Milford – a huge range of jars of unpackaged sweets – just BYO jar/container.
  • 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, herbs, and also many types of olives at the deli (BYO container). 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!
  • Produce Planet Supermarket, 170D Wairau Road, Wairau Valley – stocks beans, peanuts, semolina, corn flour and millet in bulk bins.
  • Wairau Foods and Spices, 22/170 Wairau Road, Glenfield – stocks flours, rice, legumes, spices, baking powder and some seeds in bulk.
  • 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.
  • Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany – stocks bars of Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate (both of which come in home compostable packaging) and 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 coffee beans or grins 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, 135 Lake Road, Belmont; 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 The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport – stocks reusable water bottles and reusable metal straws.
  • S’Pacific, Shop 3, Old Post Office Building, 10 Victoria Road, Devonport – stocks beeswax wraps.
  • Huckleberry, 135 Lake Road, Belmont; 52 East Coast Road, Milford – stocks Ecostore’s wooden dishbrushes (with the replaceable heads that are home compostable), beeswax wraps, Meals in Steel stainless steel containers, and Cuppa Coffee Cups (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • Wild Wheat Bakery, 1/67 Lake Road, Belmont – stocks Cuppa Coffee Cups (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna – stocks Ecostore’s wooden dishbrushes with replaceable heads that are home compostable, reusable drink bottles, reusable straws, beeswax wraps, Zuperzozial reusable sandwich bags and reusable takeaway coffee cups, Munch products (various alternatives to Glad Wrap), and Meals in Steel stainless steel containers.
  • Duck Limited, 42 Anzac Street, Takapuna – stocks Cuppa Coffee Cups (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna – stocks various reusable takeaway coffee cups (including ceramic varieties, Joco cups and Frank Green), beeswax wraps, foldable shopping bags, reusable water bottles and reusable straws.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks reusable produce and bulk food bags and reusable drinking bottles.
  • Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany – stocks Rethink reusable produce bags, wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads, Ideal Cups (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cup), reusable straws and beeswax wraps.
  • Stevens, Shop 357, Glenfield Mall, Cnr Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield – stocks wooden dishbrushes with replaceable heads that are home compostable, Keep Cups (reusable takeaway coffee cups), and reusable drink bottles.

Cleaning products

  • The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can be used as the base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid).
  • I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can be used as the base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid) and SoapNut NZ soapnuts, which come in a cardboard box (no inner plastic lining).
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks bulk laundry powder.
  • Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap (which can be used as the base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid).
  • 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. Also stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids, and wooden clothes pegs.

Bathroom products

  • The Natural Health Company, 81 Victoria Road, Devonport – stocks wooden toothbrushes with compostable handles (both the Grin and Humble Brush brands), menstrual cups and bars of unpackaged soap.
  • S’Pacific, Shop 3, Old Post Office Building, 10 Victoria Road, Devonport – stocks bars of unpackaged soap and also offcuts of natural soap from a local Auckland factory.
  • Huckleberry, 135 Lake Road, Belmont; 52 East Coast Road, Milford – stocks bars of unpackaged soap, menstrual cups, Go Bamboo and Grin toothbrushes, both of which have wooden handles that are home compostable.
  • I E Produce, 1 Barry’s Point Road, Takapuna – stocks Greencane toilet paper (which comes in home compostable packaging), menstrual cups and Go Bamboo and Grin toothbrushes, both of which have wooden handles that are home compostable.
  • Shut the Front Door, 464 Lake Road, Takapuna – stocks Ethique shampoo/beauty bars (which come packaged only in cardboard).
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 129 Kitchener Road, Milford – stocks bars of unpackaged soap, epsom salts, bentonite clay and jars of activated charcoal (great for homemade bathroom products).
  • Naturally Organic, Shop 23, 100 Don Mckinnon Drive, Northridge Plaza, Albany – stocks bars of unpackaged soap, Go Bamboo wooden toothbrushes (the handles are home compostable), menstrual cups, and Greencane toilet paper (which comes in home compostable packaging).
  • Bin Inn Glenfield, Shop 209, Level 2, Glenfield Mall, Glenfield Road and Downing Street, Glenfield – stocks bars of unpackaged soap, Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and home compostable cotton buds.

Northern Auckland

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

  • 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.
  • Four Square Matakana, 21 Matakana Valley Road, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana – stocks Loving Earth chocolate that comes in home compostable packaging.
  • The Village Butchery, 66 Matakana Valley Road, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana – this butcher is more than happy to put cuts of meat into BYO containers.
  • Charlies Gelato Garden, 17 Sharp Road, Matakana – get strawberries unpackaged into a BYO container!!
  • Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana – stocks Loving Earth chocolate which comes in home compostable packaging.
  • Four Square Wellsford, 201 Rodney Street, Wellsford – BYO container to put self-serve mussels into.

Drink options

  • Coffee – look out for stores that offer coffee beans or grins 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

  • Home Style Depot, 8a Silverdale Street, Silverdale – stock Ideal Cups (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cups)
  • Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana – stock beeswax wraps, reusable drink bottles and reusable straws.
  • Mooi Mooi, 650 Matakana Road, Matakana – stocks beeswax wrap.
  • Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana – stocks Rethink produce and bulk bin bags, reusable straws, silicone pot and bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil), Zuperzozial reusable coffee cups and washable sandwich bags, beeswax wraps, reusable drinking bottles, Meals in Steel stainless steel containers, large ceramic reusable takeaway coffee cups, Ecostore‘s wooden dishbrushes and replaceable heads that are home compostable (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!), and 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

  • Health by Logic, 20 Silverdale Street, Silverdale – stock bars of of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids.
  • Hibiscus Health Shop, 3 Tamariki Avenue, Orewa – stock bars of of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids.
  • 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. Also stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids.
  • 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.
  • Arcadia Health Shop, Shop 4, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth – stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids.
  • Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana – stocks SoapNuts NZ, which come in a cardboard box only (no inner plastic lining). Also stock bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids.
  • Hobbs Gifts and Homewares, 163 Rodney Street, Wellsford – stocks silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil)
  • Drummers Homestore, 225 Rodney Street, Wellsford – stocks beeswax wraps, silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil), Kuitukuu cotton and cellulose home compostable dishcloths, and corn and soy sponges by White Magic.

Bathroom products

  • Health by Logic, 20 Silverdale Street, Silverdale – stock bars of unpackaged soap.
  • Hibiscus Health Shop, 3 Tamariki Avenue, Orewa – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes that have a wooden, home compostable handle.
  • Arcadia Health Shop, Shop 4, Riverside Arcade, 62 Queen Street, Warkworth – stocks menstrual cups and washable, reusable pads, and Humble Brush toothbrushes that have a wooden, home compostable handle.
  • Four Square Matakana, 21 Matakana Valley Road, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes, with a wooden handle that is home compostable.
  • Tea and Tonic, Shop 5A, 2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana – stock Grin toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and menstrual cups.
  • Damask Studio, 12/2 Matakana Valley Road, Matakana – stock unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Hungry Elephant, 615 Matakana Road, Matakana – stocks menstrual cups and Greencane toilet paper (which comes in home compostable packaging).
  • Wellsford Health and Wellness, 155 Rodney Street, Wellsford – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes, with a wooden handle that is home compostable.


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