Zero Waste in South Christchurch

Zero Waste in South Christchurch

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)

  • 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.
  • Halal Butcher, 292A Lincoln Road, Addington – BYO container to this butchery to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic.
  • Addington Coffee Co-Op297 Lincoln Road, Addington – stocks Trade Aid chocolate and sugar (both of which come in home-compostable packaging).
  • 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! This particular Bin Inn also sells Loving Earth chocolate and Ceres Organics Raw Goodness bars (both of which come in home-compostable packaging). All Bin Inns across the country offer a 5% discount if you bring your own bags and containers.
  • 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.
  • Maihan Middle Eastern, 303 Colombo Street, Sydenham – stocks a selection of unpackaged/loose rice, quinoa, legumes, grains and nuts in bulk bins.
  • Trade Aid Christchurch, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham – Trade Aid’s entire chocolate range comes in Econic home compostable packaging! Their 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are home compostable also. Trade Aid’s coconut oil is one of the few on the market that does not have a plastic seal around the lid.
  • Breadman Organic Bakery22 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.
  • 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.
  • New World St Martins, 92 Wilsons Road, St Martins – this New World is happy to put food from the deli in your BYO containers. They also have unpackaged bakery bread (BYO bags) and the usual supermarket (pricey) bulk bin range.
  • 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!
  • Vic’s Bakehouse, 4B Settlers Cres, Ferrymead – sells unpackaged bread, just BYO bags.
  • 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)
  • New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd, Redcliffs – on top of the standard bulk bin/pick and mix section, this supermarket also sells unpackaged bread and bakery goods (BYO bags), and Trade Aid chocolate and sugar (both of which come in home-compostable packaging).
  • SuperValue Sumner, 43 Nayland St, Sumner – sells unpackaged bread and bakery goods (BYO bags), and Loving Earth chocolate (which comes in home-compostable packaging).
  • Bohemian Bakery, 51 Nayland St, Sumner – sells artisan sourdough and bakery goods unpackaged (BYO bags).
  • 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. They also stock Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate (both of which come in home-compostable packaging), as well as bakery items, chocolate buttons and She Universe artisan chocolates unpackaged (just BYO bags/containers).
  • Farmers’ Markets: Opawa, 275 Fifield Terrace, and Lyttleton, London Street – these are always a great place to get fresh produce unpackaged (if you ask to have things in your own bags/containers… you may have to shop around!), but there are a few extra goodies found at Christchurch’s farmers’ markets that are hard to find low-waste elsewhere. These include Emilio’s Cheesea 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!
  • 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!
  • Pet food – Pets need to eat too! You can get lots of dried pet food from bulk bins at Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon.

Drink options

  • Coffee – wherever possible, we encourage people to find places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged and have them put in BYO bags/containers. 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-Op297 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. If you prefer instant coffee, we recommend getting Trade Aid’s variety as it comes in Econic home-compostable packaging, which you can find at Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington; New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd; and Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton.
  • 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.
  • Drinking Chocolate – you’ve got two options in South Christchurch for zero waste drinking chocolate: Caffe Prima at 5/45 Garlands Rd, Woolston, sells its own fairtrade drinking chocolate, and Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton, stocks Kokako drinking chocolate – both of these options come in Econic home-compostable packaging.
  • 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; Fillosophy398 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 Brewery592 Ferry Rd, Woolston; there’s also local craft beer AND good old Canterbury Draught at the Hilmorton Super Liquor7 Halswell Rd.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington – stocks reusable cotton bread bags, Rethink 100% organic cotton bulk and produce bags, reusable metal straws, reusable glass water bottles, Cuppa Coffee Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups), Honeywrap beeswax wraps, and Go Bamboo  home compostable veggie brushes.
  • Coffee Culture, corner of Lincoln Road & Dickens Street, Addington; 140 Colombo St, Beckenham/Sydenham; 28 Marriner St, Sumner; or 18 London Street, Lyttleton – stock branded Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, Addington – stocks the full range of Rethink 100% organic cotton bags, reusable metal straws, organic unpackaged beeswax (which you can use to make your own beeswax wraps) and Frank Green reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Underground Coffee Roasters, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; 25 Marriner St, Sumner – stocks branded Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Abode, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham – stocks Dishy wooden dishbrushes (made from wood and plant fibre) with replaceable, home compostable heads, reusable cups with optional silicone coffee cup lid and Duralex heavy duty glass containers which can be used at both hot and cold temperatures.
  • Nordic Chill, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham – stocks many different styles of 100% cotton/cellulose spongy dishcloths (home compostable when they reach the end of their life and won’t leach microfibres throughout their useful life either!).
  • Red Current, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham – stocks cotton washcloths that could be used as dishcloths.
  • Bolt of ClothThe Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; and The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston – stocks Joco glass reusable coffee cups, reusable metal water bottles and washable paper bags.
  • The Pharmacy @ Opawa, 122 Opawa Road, Opawa – stocks Honeywrap beeswax wraps.
  • Little One Limited, 4/132 Opawa Road, Opawa – stocks Bento Ninja stainless steel lunchboxes.
  • The Noble Merchant, 132 Opawa Road, Opawa – stocks reusable bags and produce bags by BAGS NOT Plastic.
  • Caffe Prima, 5/45 Garlands Rd, Woolston – stocks NZ made, branded Ideal Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Teepee, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston – sells 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!), various linen and cotton cloths which could also be used as dishcloths, reusable water bottles, washable paper bags and beeswax candles (which can be used to make your own beeswax wraps).
  • Hapa, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston – stocks reusable metal water bottles.
  • Casual and Country, 1027 Ferry Rd, Ferrymead – stocks Zuperzozial reusable takeaway coffee cups and washable paper bags made from bamboo and reusable metal water bottles.
  • Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton – stocks wooden dishbrushes with replaceable, home compostable heads, reusable metal water bottles, Ideal Cups (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups) branded with the Love Lyttelton logo, and reusable cotton shopping bags made from upcycled fabric by Plastic Shopping Bag Free Lyttelton.
  • Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton – stocks Meals in Steel stainless steel lunchboxes, Ya Yah Design lunch/sandwich bags, reusable metal straws, cotton dishcloths, Bee Wrapt beeswax wraps (unfortunately packaged in plastic) and also beeswax candles which you can use to make your own wraps, and Rethink string and large carry bags.
  • The Lyttel Kiwi, 15 London St, Lyttelton – sells lovely, locally-made, hand-crocheted cotton cloths which could be used as dishcloths.
  • Lyttleton Harbour Information Centre, 20 Oxford St, Lyttelton – stocks Lyttleton branded Ideal Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street – there are a few fantastic stalls here that sell a range of great reusable waste-busting products. 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, has a stall which stocks Meals in Steel stainless steel lunchboxes and water bottles, Joco glass reusable coffee cups, Honeywrap beeswax wraps, Ginger Pye reusable sandwich wraps, a range of reusable produce bags, metal straws and water bottles. Or check out Maria Wald’s stall at the 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!
  • Healthy Harvest Fruit and Veges, 407 Springs Road, Halswell – stocks reusable bags and produce bags by BAGS NOT Plastic.

Cleaning products

  • The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd, Addington – stocks Go Bamboo pegs made from bamboo with a metal spring mechanism.
  • 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. Also stocks washing soda, baking soda, Epsom salts and borax in bulk bins if you like to make your own cleaning products, and bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton – stocks baking soda in bulk bins – an essential for DIY cleaning products!
  • Waste Matters stall, Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street – stocks Go Bamboo pegs made from bamboo with a metal spring mechanism.

Bathroom products

  • Bamboo Toothbrushes – these are a great alternative to plastic toothbrushes because they have wooden, home compostable handles (bristles are still plastic and need to be sent to landfill). You can get the Humble Brush brand at The Pharmacy @ Addington, 359B Lincoln Rd (who also stocks the activated charcoal-infused Grin toothbrushes); Nordic Chill, The Colombo, 363 Colombo Street, Sydenham; The Pharmacy @ Opawa, 122 Opawa Rd; Teepee, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; the Harbour Co-Op, 12 London St, Lyttelton; and Henry Trading, 33 London St, Lyttelton. Go Bamboo toothbrushes can be found at Bin Inn Lincoln Road, 57/59 Lincoln Rd, Spreydon; The Apothecary, The Tannery, 3 Garlands Rd, Woolston; New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd, Redcliffs; the Harbour Co-Op; and the Waste Matters stall, Lyttleton Farmers’ Market, London Street. There’s also the Environmental Toothbrush brand at Addington Coffee Co-Op, 297 Lincoln Road, and The Eco Brush at SuperValue Lyttelton, 17 London Street, Lyttleton.
  • 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 @ OpawaBin Inn Lincoln RoadThe 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.
  • Shampoo and Shaving Bars – although you can get refills of liquid shampoo at Lyttleton’s Harbour Co-Op, the large bulk containers it comes in are not easily recycled. Instead, we’d encourage you to get your shampoo and shaving soap in bar form, which means you avoid paying for the added water and the plastic/aluminium bottles that liquid products typically usually come in! Henry Trading in Lyttleton sells locally made, unpackaged shampoo bars. There are also several places that stock Ethique‘s range of awesome bar alternatives to toiletries (which all come in a home compostable cardboard box) – from shampoos and shaving soaps, through to body and facial cleansers and moisturisers: both 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.
  • Menstrual Cups/Washable Pads – these are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. You can buy cups at The Apothecary at the Tannery, New World Redcliffs, 188 Main Rd, and the Harbour Co-Op in Lyttleton. You can find washable pads 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: Greencanewhich 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.
  • Other – Many places in South Christchurch sell Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds: both The Pharmacy @ Addington and @ OpawaThe 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.


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