This guide covers South Christchurch businesses only. For other parts of Christchurch or to read about city-wide council and community services, or city-wide shopping options, please refer to the Zero Waste in Christchurch City homepage.
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.
FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. STORES THAT OFFER LOOSE ITEMS WHICH YOU CAN PUT, UNPACKAGED, INTO YOUR OWN BYO BAGS/CONTAINERS)
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!
- Spice n’ Things, 270B Lincoln Road, Addington – this Indian grocery store stocks a small range of unpackaged/loose spices, nuts, seeds, legumes, flours and rice in bulk bins.
- Quality Spices, 292B Lincoln Rd, Addington – this Indian grocery store offers a wide range of unpackaged goods in bulk bins, including nuts, seeds, dried fruit, cocoa, coconut, sugar, spices, beans/legumes, flours and grains.
- Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk bins (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, legumes, flours, dried fruit and pasta), a range of spices, sweets (including licorice), treats and snacks, and liquid foods like vinegars, oils, honey, syrups etc. They also have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar! All Bin Inns across the country offer a 5% discount if you bring your own bags and containers.
- Maihan Middle Eastern, 303 Colombo Street, Sydenham – stocks a selection of unpackaged/loose rice, quinoa, legumes, grains and nuts in bulk bins.
- Spice Bazaar, 1/103 Gasson Street, Sydenham – this Indian grocery store sells unpackaged/loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, legumes, spices, flours, sugar, coconut, rice and other grains in bulk bins.
- The Noble Merchant, 132 Opawa Road, Opawa – stocks a small range of unpackaged/loose pantry staples behind the counter, including olive oil (hand over your bags and containers at the counter for refill). The store only opened recently and they are planning on expanding their range of bulk items over time, so keep checking back.
- Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton – an excellent little organic bulk co-op with a great range of unpackaged/loose goods, including spices, herbs, grains, cereal, dried fruit, legumes, seeds, nuts, sugar, and even aluminium-free baking soda, and a great liquid foods section for refills, which includes oils, honeys, vinegar, tamari, tahini.
- Supermarkets – all major supermarkets in Christchurch have well stocked 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 more so than the bulk bins at places like Bin Inn or Harbour Co-op.
Places that sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods who will happily put your unwrapped purchases straight into a BYO container – woohoo!
- Halal Butcher, 292A Lincoln Road, Addington – BYO container to this butchery to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic.
- Everybody’s Butchery, 372 Selwyn St, Addington
- Euro Gourmet Meats, 303 Colombo Street, Sydenham
- What a Catch, 119 Wordsworth Street, Waltham – fresh seafood in your own containers.
- Fresh Meats Barrington, Shop 36/256 Barrington St, Spreydon
- Banfields of Beckenham, 134A Colombo Street, Beckenham – this butcher is more than happy to put fresh, unpackaged cuts of meat into BYO containers (yay!) They also run a loyalty card system, so you get a stamp each time you purchase from them – after a few visits you’ll earn yourself a discount.
- Cashmere Cuisine, 18 Colombo St, Cashmere
- Redcliffs Butchery, 85 Main Rd, Redcliffs – BYO container to this butchery to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic (although, a lot of their goods are pre-wrapped, unfortunately)
- Halswell Butchery & Delicatessan, 490 Sparks Rd, Halswell – BYO container to this butchery to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic. They even gave us a pro tip – to best preserve the freshness of your purchase, chill your container in the fridge or freezer before you come to avoid meat sweating in your container. Nice!
- Try your luck with BYO containers at the supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more – all unpackaged. Some supermarkets will allow you to BYO container for these goods, while others won’t. It can be hit and miss, often depending on the staff member you talk to.
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).
- Breadman Organic Bakery, 22 Kingsley Street, Sydenham – although everything is pre-packaged, they said that they could transfer their bread and baked goods into your own bag (however, I would be cautious as they might just throw the bag away – ask whether they plan to reuse the discarded bag, and if not, we would say refuse). If you come early in the morning, it’s more likely you can get a freshly baked loaf/crackers straight into your own bag before everything is packaged.
- Vic’s Bakehouse, 4B Settlers Cres, Ferrymead – sells unpackaged bread, just BYO bags.
- Bohemian Bakery, 51 Nayland St, Sumner – sells artisan sourdough and bakery goods unpackaged (BYO bags).
- 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
- Keep an eye out for local markets where you can get unpackaged goods like fruit and veg, bread, cheese etc. into your own bags/containers, or where stallholders offer a return/swap system for their packaging. Check out the Zero Waste in Christchurch homepage for more info, but the local ones are Opawa, 275 Fifield Terrace, and Lyttleton, London Street – there you’ll find Emilio’s Cheese, a range of authentic Italian cheeses that are unpackaged; delicious artisan breads from Nikau Bakehouse and Vic’s Bakehouse; and Volcano Market marinated olives, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and other deli foods – just BYO bags and containers!
- Trade Aid Christchurch, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham – Trade Aid’s 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are home compostable once they do fall part. 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 also get the sugar from Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington; and New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd, Redcliffs.
- Pet food – Pets can eat zero waste too! You can get lots of dried pet food from bulk bins at Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon.
- 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. Christchurch boasts SO many roasters who are happy to do this, that it’s simply a matter of picking your favourite. In the South, you’ll find: Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington, who sell ethically sourced (fair trade) and organic coffee; one of the many Coffee Culture cafes at the corner of Lincoln Road & Dickens Street, Addington; 140 Colombo St, Beckenham/Sydenham; 28 Marriner St, Sumner; or 18 London Street, Lyttleton; Underground Coffee Roasters at The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham, and 25 Marriner St, Sumner; Lyttelton Coffee Co, 29 London Street, Lyttelton (frankly, some of the most delicious coffee we’ve tasted on our trip yet); and last but definitely not least, Caffe Prima at 5/45 Garlands Rd, Woolston, where you can either BYO container for whole/ground beans at an already amazing price and you’ll get a $1 discount for BYO (!) OR you can keep an eye out for their pre-packed coffee (which comes in Econic home-compostable packaging) at places like The Apothecary, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston, and SuperValue Sumner, 43 Nayland St, Sumner.
- 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, you can take your own bags/containers to fill up with a wide range of loose leaf teas at either The Apothecary, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, or Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton.
- Milk – Unless Happy Cow Milk opens up again, your best bet will be milk powder from a bulk bin at one of the three Bin Inns in South Christchurch and East Christchurch. Or get the ingredients to make non-dairy milk (i.e. oats, nuts, threaded coconut or rice) from a bulk bin.
- Kombucha – If you’re keen for some fabulous, locally-made kombucha, you’ve gotta check out Lyttel Ninja Kombucha by the wonderful Sal! Apart from being delicious, Lyttel Ninja comes in reusable glass bottles – when you’ve finished with this delicious product, return the empties to a collection point like the Lyttelton Coffee Co, 29 London St, Lyttelton, and Sal will take them back, wash and sterilise them and then refill them – so they’ll go round and round!
- Beer – look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. There are a number of options in the South: for craft beer head to The Beer Library, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; Fillosophy, 398 Ferry Rd, Woolston (who have an extensive range), Brewers Union, who sell local craft beers and can be found at most farmers’ markets in the region, or beer brewed on site at Three Boys Brewery, 592 Ferry Rd, Woolston; and Eruption Brewing, 30 London Street, Lyttleton; there’s also local craft beer AND good old Canterbury Draught at the Hilmorton Super Liquor, 7 Halswell Rd.
KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES
At the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street, check out Waste Matters, a branch of the amazing Project Lyttleton (see the Christchurch-wide community groups section of this guide) dedicated to helping people reduce waste – they stock a lot of useful items to reduce waste around the kitchen and food packaging!
Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable water bottles at The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington; Bolt of Cloth, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; and The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; Teepee, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; Hapa, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; Casual and Country, 1027 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead; Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton; and the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street.
There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in Christchurch:
- Find the Keep Cup brand at Coffee Culture, corner of Lincoln Road & Dickens Street, Addington; 140 Colombo St, Beckenham/Sydenham; 28 Marriner St, Sumner; or 18 London Street, Lyttleton; Underground Coffee Roasters, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; 25 Marriner St, Sumner;
- Get the NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington
- Also made in NZ (Hutt Valley), Ideal Cups are sold at Caffe Prima, 5/45 Garlands Rd, Woolston; and Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton; and Lyttleton Harbour Information Centre, 20 Oxford St, Lyttelton.
- Get the very leak proof Frank Green cups at any Coffee Culture; or Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington
- The glass Joco brand is sold at Bolt of Cloth, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; and The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; and the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street.
- Abode, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham sells reusable ceramic cups with optional silicone coffee cup lid.
- Zuperzozial reusable takeaway coffee cups made from bamboo fibre polymer are sold at Casual and Country, 1027 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead
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 The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington; Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington; Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton; the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street.
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. Get awesome local reusable bags and produce bags by BAGS NOT Plastic at The Noble Merchant, 132 Opawa Road, Opawa and Healthy Harvest Fruit and Veges, 407 Springs Road, Halswell ; or also reusable cotton shopping bags made from upcycled fabric by Plastic Shopping Bag Free Lyttelton at Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton. You can get 100% organic cotton produce, bulk bin and/or carry bags by Rethink at The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington; Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington; Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton. There are also a range of reusable produce bags at the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street.
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 Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton; Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton; and the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street. You can also get Duralex heavy duty glass containers which can be used at both hot and cold temperatures from Abode, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham. There’s also Bento Ninja stainless steel lunchboxes available at Little One Limited, 4/132 Opawa Road, Opawa.
Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil
- Beeswax wrap
- Purchase at – The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington; The Pharmacy @ Opawa, 122 Opawa Road, Opawa; Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton; and the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street. Or check out Maria Wald’s stall at the Lyttleton Farmers Market – she makes totally amazing beeswax wraps, as well as lunch/sandwich bags coated in beeswax which you can do up with a button – amazing!
- DIY – it’s way cheaper! You just need to get natural fibre fabric (cotton) and unpackaged beeswax. Keep an eye out at secondhand stores, and fabric and quilting stores for off-cuts of cotton. You can find unpackaged beeswax at Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington.
- Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Ya Yah Design lunch/sandwich bags at Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton; or Ginger Pye reusable sandwich wraps at the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street.
- 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 @quisituons, Eastgate Mall, 20 Buckley’s Road, Linwood.
You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Abode, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton. Alternatively, you can get handleless Go Bamboo veggie brushes made of just wood and plant fibre (and so are home compostable) at The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington
We 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 SPRUCE or Wet-it! 100% cotton + cellulose dishcloth sponges (home compostable at the end of their life) which are available at Nordic Chill, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; and Teepee, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston
- The fancy Bianca Lorenne cotton washcloths that could be used as dishcloths are sold at Red Current, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham
- Various linen and cotton cloths which could also be used as dishcloths are sold at Teepee, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; and Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton.
- Get lovely, locally-made, hand-crocheted cotton cloths which could be used as dishcloths at The Lyttel Kiwi, 15 London St, Lyttelton.
Refills of cleaning products
- Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
- Eco Planet and Next Generation laundry powder both come in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! You can get one or the other (or both) from most New World supermarkets.
- Soapnuts, a nut with saponin in them, is sold at Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton
- Non-plastic clothes pegs – Go Bamboo pegs available at The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington; and at the Waste Matters stall, Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street.
Ingredients for DIY cleaning products
- Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon; and Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton.
- Washing soda, epsom salts and borax – sold at Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon.
- Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – you can get Dr. Bronner’s castille soap bars at Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon.
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 Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road; The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd; Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon; Nordic Chill, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; The Pharmacy @ Opawa, 122 Opawa Rd; Teepee, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; The Apothecary, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd, Redcliffs; the Waste Matters stall, Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street; Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton; Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton; and SuperValue Lyttelton, 17 London Street, Lyttleton.
- Dental Floss – most Countdown supermarkets stock Do Gooder floss, which comes in a refillable glass tube with a screw on metal lid. The WHITE floss is made of 100% silk and is home compostable (the black, bamboo and activated charcoal floss has polyester in it so is landfill only). When you run out of the floss, no need to get a new dispenser, you can get refills of the floss in paper/cardboard packaging from www.do-gooder.co.nz – just pop the refill into your original metal/glass dispenser.
Unpackaged Soap – we believe soap doesn’t need packaging (it is made to clean, after all!). There are a couple of places in South Christchurch that sell unpackaged soap: The Pharmacy @ Opawa; Bin Inn Lincoln Road; The Apothecary, Teepee and Hapa at The Tannery; in Lyttleton you can get unpackaged Eco Store soap at the Harbour Co-Op, locally hand made soaps at Henry Trading, and unpackaged felted soaps at the Lyttleton Harbour Information Centre, 20 Oxford Street. You can also get refills of body wash and liquid hand soap at Harbour Co-Op.
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!
- Many places stock 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): The Pharmacy @ Addington and @ Opawa; at the Tannery in Woolston, Hapa and The Apothecary (which also stocks another brand – Naturalus – of shaving and face soap wrapped in brown paper); and the Harbour Co-Op in Lyttleton.
- Henry Trading in Lyttleton sells locally made, unpackaged shampoo bars.
Reusable Menstrual Products
There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads.
- Menstrual cups – stocked at The Apothecary at the Tannery, New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd, and the Harbour Co-Op in Lyttleton.
- Reusable washable pads are available at the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market.
- Toilet Paper – there are two brands we know of that package their toilet paper in home-compostable packaging: Greencane, which you can buy at the Harbour Co-Op in Lyttleton (as well as Greencane’s paper towels and tissues), and Smart Ass which is sold at Henry Trading also in Lyttleton.
- Cotton buds – Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds are sold at The Pharmacy @ Addington and @ Opawa; The Apothecary at the Tannery, Woolston; New World in Redcliffs; and in Lyttleton at the Harbour Co-Op and the Waste Matters stall at the Lyttleton Farmers’ Market.