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. 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!

  • 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!
  • 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 – 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.
  • Moshims, 46 Ormiston Road, East Tamaki – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking loose nuts, seeds, dried fruit, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and condiments.
  • 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 condiments.
  • 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

The following stores all sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods and are happy to 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!

  • Unpackaged tofu (just BYO containers to put it in) available at The Tofu Shop, 290 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga, and Premium Seafood n Bulk Food, 5/290F, Ti Rakau Drive, Burswood
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 in East Auckland.
  • Trade Aid – 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. You can get the chocolate bars at Organic Store, 503 Pakuranga Road, Shop 27, Highland Park Shopping Centre.
  • Loving Earth raw chocolate – another treat that comes in home compostable packaging. You can find it at Organic Store, 503 Pakuranga Road, Shop 27, Highland Park Shopping Centre.

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

Refills of 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.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda/vinegar – both available unpackaged in bulk bins/refills at Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick. Baking soda in bulk bins available at Moshims, 46 Ormiston Road, East Tamaki, and Moshims Discount House Pakuranga, 9 Cardiff Road, Pakuranga.
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – available at Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick and Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! It’s usually stocked at most New Worlds, so keep a look out!
  • Alternatives to plastic pegs – you can get Go Bamboo bamboo clothes pegs at Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick and Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

  • 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 Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick, Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre, and NZH, Unit F, 312 Ti Rakau Drive, East Tamaki.
  • Unpackaged bars of soap are available at Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick, Cinnamon Brown, 69 Picton St, Howick, and Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre.
  • Home compostable cotton buds are available at Bin Inn Howick, 219 Moore St, Howick
  • Reusable Menstrual Products – there are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. For example, you can get reusable menstrual cups at Natural Health Company, 503 Pakuranga Road, Highland Park Shopping Centre.

Southern 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!

  • 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. All Bin Inn stores 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 condiments.
  • 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 condiments.
  • 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 condiments.
  • 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 condiments.
  • 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 condiments.
  • The Tofu Shop, 290 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga; Unit 8, 792 Great South Road, Manukau; Unit 2, 345 Chapel Road, Howick – 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 condiments.
  • 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.
  • 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

The following stores all sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods and are happy to 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!

  • Unpackaged tofu (just BYO container) available at Tai Ping Asian Supermarket, 16 Bishop Dunn Place, Flat Bush and The Tofu Shop, 290 Ti Rakau Drive, Pakuranga; Unit 8, 792 Great South Road, Manukau; Unit 2, 345 Chapel Road, Howick.
  • Unpackaged live mussels – most supermarkets generally 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 that happen in Southern Auckland.
  • Trade Aid – 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. You can get the chocolate bars at The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.
  • Loving Earth raw chocolate – another treat that comes in home compostable packaging. You can find it at Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe.

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 plastic cling wrap and tin foil).

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of 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.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda/vinegar – both available unpackaged in bulk bins/refills at Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe and Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini. Baking soda in bulk bins available at:
    • Getfresh Vege and Spice Centre, 81 Station Road, Otahuhu; 
    • Khyber Spice Invader (previously Moshims), 539 Great South Road, Otahuhu; 
    • Kwality Mini Bazaar, 286 Great South Road, Papatoetoe and 5/2 Bishop Dunn Place, Te Irirangi Drive, Flat Bush; 
    • Manukau Discount House Superette, 10 Sharkey Street, Manukau; 
    • Valley Fresh, 185 Great South Road, Papatoetoe; and
    • Indo Spice World, 1/214 Great South Road, Manurewa and 12E Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – available at Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe, Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini, and The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! It’s usually stocked at most New Worlds, so keep a look out!
  • Soap Nuts – a totally home compostable ‘nut’ that releases saponin (like soap) and can be used in the washing machine several times. When it wears out, you just compost it. The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe stocks SoapNuts NZ laundry soapnuts (which come in a compostable cardboard container with no plastic inner lining!).
  • Alternatives to plastic pegs – you can get Go Bamboo bamboo clothes pegs at The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

  • 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 Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, and The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.
  • Unpackaged bars of soap are available at Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe, Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini.
  • Home compostable cotton buds are available at The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.
  • Reusable Menstrual Products – there are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. For example, you can get reusable menstrual cups at The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.


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