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Zero Waste in Southern and Eastern Auckland

Zero Waste in Southern and Eastern Auckland

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

Eastern Auckland

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

  • Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick – 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!
  • Organic Store, 503 Pakuranga Road, Shop 27, Highland Park Shopping Centre – stocks chocolate by Trade Aid and Loving Earth, both of which come in wrappers that are home compostable.
  • Tai Ping Supermarket, 3 Cortina Place, Pakuranga – has a small selection of loose bulk bin ingredients, specifically, flours, rice, grains, beans, and peanuts.
  • Whitford Food Depot, 5 Whitford-Maraetai Road, Whitford – offers a selection of bulk spices, grains, pulses presented in large glass jars – ask at the counter to have these transferred to BYO bags/containers.
  • Da Hua Supermarket Pakuranga, 312c Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki – a small selection of bulk bins stocking legumes, rice, peanuts and seeds.
  • The Tofu Shop, 290 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga – stocks unpackaged tofu, just BYO container to put it in. Also has a range of bulk bins with grains, legumes, nuts, a wide range of dried fruit, fungi, seafood and seaweed.
  • Premium Seafood n Bulk Food, 5/290F, Ti Rakau Drive, Burswood – offers a range of bulk bins with grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, a wide range of dried fruit, fungi, seafood and seaweed. Also stocks unpackaged tofu, just BYO container to put it in.
  • Moshims, 46 Ormiston Road, East Tamaki – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and hard to find items like baking soda.
  • Moshims Discount House Pakuranga, 9 Cardiff Road, Pakuranga – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and hard to find items like baking soda.

Drink options

  • Coffee – keep an eye out for roasteries where you can BYO bags and get beans straight from the roaster or loose. For example, at Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick. Otherwise look out for brands like Kokako that come in home compostable packaging.
  • Beer – look out for off licences that sell beer on tap where you can fill up your own flagons. Some places we came across were, Super Liquor, cnr Picton and Uxbridge Roads, Howick, Liquorland Howick, 125 Elliot St, Howick and Liquorland Botany, 287 Botany Road, Botany.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick – stock’s wooden dishbrushs with replaceable, home compostable heads.
  • Rawhq, 13 Moore St, Howick – stocks silicone pot and bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil) and glass straws.
  • Cinnamon Brown, 69 Picton St, Howick – stocks cotton dishcloths and reusable water bottles
  • Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre – stocks metal straws.

Cleaning Products

  • Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick – 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. This Bin Inn also stocks bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soaps, from which you can make your own dishwashing and laundry liquids, and wooden clothes pegs.
  • Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre – 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

  • Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick – stocks unpackaged soap, home compostable cotton ear buds, and Go Bamboo and Grin toothbrushes, both of which have wooden handles that are compostable in a home compost.
  • Cinnamon Brown, 69 Picton St, Howick – stocks unpackaged soap
  • Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre – stocks Grin and Humble toothbrushes that have wooden handles which are home compostable, unpackaged soap, and menstrual cups.
  • NZH, Unit F, 312 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki – stocks Grin compostable toothbrushes

Southern Auckland

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

  • Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini; and Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe – offer 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 and coffee beans with on-site grinder. Bin Inn Pukekohe also stocks Loving Earth chocolate bars, which come in home compostable packaging. All Bin Inn store around New Zealand are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Bargain Barn, 26 Saleyards Road, Otahuhu – some rice, nuts, legumes and spices in bulk
  • Mahadeo’s Spice and Produce, 7/15 Saleyards Road, Otahuhu – a huge range of bulk bins stocking a variety of items, including flours, grains, rice, legumes, nuts, seeds, and spices.
  • Getfresh Vege and Spice Centre, 81 Station Road, Otahuhu – stocks various items in bulk, including flours, grains, rice, legumes, nuts, seeds, spices, and harder to find items like baking soda and baking powder.
  • Khyber Spice Invader (previously Moshims), 539 Great South Road, Otahuhu – stocks a range of items in bulk, including flours, grains, rice, legumes, nuts, seeds, spices, and harder to find items liking baking soda and baking powder.
  • Whenuapai Gardens & Orchards, 76 Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu – stocks peanuts in bulk (great if you are into making homemade peanut butter!)
  • Food for Less, 64 Atkinson Avenue, Otahuhu – stocks various items in bulk, including flours, grains, rice, legumes, nuts, seeds and spices.
  • Kwality Mini Bazaar, 286 Great South Road, Papatoetoe and 5/2 Bishop Dunn Place, Te Irirangi Drive, Flat Bush – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and hard to find items like baking soda.
  • Tai Ping Asian Supermarket, 16 Bishop Dunn Place, Flat Bush – stocks unpackaged tofu, simply BYO container to put it into!
  • A Spice Bazaar, 345 Chapel Road, Flat Bush – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • Rattan Spice Mart, 13/2 Bishop Dunn Place, Flat Bush – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • Lotus Supermarket, 43b Cavendish Drive, Manukau – an amazing and well-presented selection of bulk bins with all manner of nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes and spices.
  • Manukau Discount House Superette, 10 Sharkey Street, Manukau – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and hard to find items like baking soda.
  • Vege Mate, 57N Cavendish Drive, Manukau – has a small selection of bulk bins stocking some spices, nuts, legumes and flours.
  • Gulati’s Indian Grocery and Takeaway, 574 Great South Road, Papatoetoe – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • Village Papatoetoe, 322 Great South Road, Papatoetoe – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • JK Supermarket, 308 (ish), Great South Road, Papatoetoe – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • Rockyzz Mini Mart, 24 Charles Street, Papatoetoe – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • Valley Fresh, 185 Great South Road, Papatoetoe – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and hard to find items like baking soda.
  • The Tofu Shop, 290 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga; Unit 8, 792 Great South Road, Manukau; Unit 2, 345 Chapel Road, Howick – stocks unpackaged tofu, just BYO container to put it in. Also has a range of bulk bins with grains, legumes, nuts, a wide range of dried fruit, fungi, seafood and seaweed.
  • Indo Spice World, 1/214 Great South Road, Manurewa and 12E Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and hard to find items like baking soda.
  • NZ Fruit n Spice, 88f Great South Road, Takanini – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes and spices.
  • Rockyyz Foodmart, Manurewa, Unit 19, 185 Great South Road, Manurewa – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, and spices.
  • Apna Spice and Grocery Store, 165 Great South Road, Manurewa – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking nuts, seeds dried fruit, grains, legumes, flours, and spices.
  • Mohnish Discount House, 16 Roulston Street, Pukekohe – has a range of bulk bins with various nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains and flours, spices, and legumes.
  • The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe – this store has bulk produce (legumes, nuts, seeds, grains, flours, dried fruit, etc. etc.), but they repack out back into plastic bags. However, they are happy to repack into BYO bags and containers, provided that you let them know in advance (otherwise when you turn up there may not be anything left out back!). We recommend going into the store and having a chat with the owner about logistics. They also stock Trade Aid chocolate, which comes in home compostable packaging.

Drink options

  • Coffee – You can get coffee beans loose from any Bin Inn (they stock loose coffee beans and have grinders on-site) or look out for Kokako’s coffee, which comes in home compostable packaging.
  • Drinking chocolate – look out for Kokako brand drinking chocolate because it comes in packaging which is home compostable. We have seen it at Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street
  • Tea – Look out for loose tea – this can be found in many of the stores listed above, including Kwality Mini Bazaar, 286 Great South Road, Papatoetoe and 5/2 Bishop Dunn Place, Te Irirangi Drive, Flat Bush and Khyber Spice Invader, Otahuhu.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe – stocks Keep Cups (reusable takeaway coffee cups), reusable flasks/water bottles, and silicone covers for pots/bowls (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil).

Cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe and Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini – stock a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with. Bin Inn Takanini stocks refills of Ecostore cleaning products. Both Bin Inns also stock bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.
  • The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe – stocks SoapNuts NZ laundry soapnuts (which come in a compostable cardboard container with no plastic inner lining!), wooden pegs, and bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap (which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid).

Bathroom products

  • Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe, Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini  – stock bars of unpackaged soaps. Bin Inn Takanini also stocks Go Bamboo compostable toothbrushes.
  • The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe – stocks both Go Bamboo and Grin compostable toothbrushes, compostable cotton buds, and menstrual cups.


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