Zero Waste in Southern Auckland

Zero Waste in Southern Auckland

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


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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. These shops stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or operate return & refill systems for their packaging), allowing you to put these goods 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; and 305 Great South Road, Takanini – 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.
  • Punjab Food and Spices, 41 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura – offers a wide range of bulk bins stocking nuts, seeds dried fruit, grains, legumes, flours, and spices.
  • Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura – 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.
  • Reliance Mini Mart85 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura – 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 – stocks a wide range of unpackaged dried goods in bulk bins, including nuts, seeds dried fruit, grains, legumes, flours, spices and more; as well as liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and syrups) in bulk dispensers.
  • 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!


The following shops sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods and will happily put these 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!

  • Drury Meats232 Great South Road, Drury
  • J & M Butchery, 15 Princess Street, Takanini 
  • Thai Heng Fresh Market, 36 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura – unpackaged fresh fish/seafood that you can put into your own containers
  • Grumpy’s Seafood, 221 Great South Road, Papakura
  • 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.
  • Supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering unpackaged meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more. All Countdown, New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets officially allow you to BYO container for these goods!


The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (in some of these stores some items might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). Simply BYO bread 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 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 – 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. So, check out some of the markets that happen in Southern Auckland and get amongst it! If you’re in Papakura, on the 3rd Saturday of every month it’s worth checking out the Sustainable Papakura Market for all kinds of reusable, sustainable, locally-made bric-a-brac.


Look out for places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged, and bring your own bag and container to fill. Going direct to coffee roasters is the best option, but you can also look out for bulk dispensers of unpackaged coffee in other stores (which usually have in-store grinders also). Here are the spots we found that offer these options:

  • Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini
  • Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe


We avoid teabags as most have plastic in them, which we don’t want in our tea or our soil. Using loose leaf tea is an easy way to get around this. The trick is to find somewhere that sells loose leaf tea packaging-free, so you can put the leaves straight into BYO jars/containers! You’ll find loose tea leaves in bulk dispensers at:

  • Kwality Mini Bazaar, 286 Great South Road, Papatoetoe and 5/2 Bishop Dunn Place, Te Irirangi Drive, Flat Bush
  • Khyber Spice Invader, Otahuhu
  • Most supermarkets stock Bell loose leaf black tea, which comes in 100% cardboard and paper packaging (no plastic!).


Sourcing cow’s milk without the plastic bottles or non-dairy milk without the dreaded Tetra-pak is no mean feat! We’ve found the following options:

  • Milk delivery in reusable glass bottlesBakewell Creamery do home delivery of their raw milk (minimum order of 4L). So, you can have the milk delivered to your door in reusable glass bottles (just like the old days!) – leave your empty bottles out on the next delivery day so they can be returned to Bakewell Creamery for sterilisation and refill. YAY! See delivery details and routes here.
  • Return & Refill glass bottle scheme – you can get raw milk into your own jars/bottles from the Drury Church Shop13 Sutton Road, Drury, just get in touch to register as a regular customer or just turn up!


Look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Breweries are awesome, but lots of liquor stores offer this option too! We found beer on tap at:

Also, don’t forget that most liquor stores do ‘swappa crates’ of beer – i.e. crates of twelve 745ml bottles of classic NZ beer (e.g. Lion Red/Brown, Speights, Tui, Export Gold etc.) which can be returned (when the bottles are empty) and are then sent back to the brewery for sterilisation and refill (a better outcome for glass bottles than recycling because reusing the same bottle over and over requires way less energy and resources than recycling).


  • Drinking chocolate – available in bulk dispensers at Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini; and Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe


  • 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).
  • Sustainable Papakura Market, foyer of Papakura Library, Great South Road, Papakura, every 3rd Saturday of the month – lots of stalls selling locally-made beeswax and reusable bulk bin, produce, bread and shopping bags – yay!


Refills of cleaning products

 The following stores stock a range of liquid and/or powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with:

  • Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe
  • Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini
  • Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura 
  • The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe
  • Reliance Mini Mart, 85 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda/vinegar – both available unpackaged in bulk bins/refills at Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe; Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini; and Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura. 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
    • Punjab Food and Spices, 41 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura
    • Reliance Mini Mart, 85 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura (also stocks Epsom salts)
  • Other ingredients – Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura, on top of baking soda and white vinegar, stocks epsom salts, soda ash, washing soda and borax in bulk dispensers.
  • 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 Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura and The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.


Bamboo Toothbrushes 

These are 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; Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura; 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.

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!

  • Look out for 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). We saw it stocked 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. Also, if you’re interested in reusable cloth pads, get in touch with Sustainable Papakura as they often run cloth pad sewing workshops, or you can also buy some from the amazing United Sustainable Sisters.

Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries

  • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it unpackaged in bulk bins from Bin Inn Pukekohe, 4a Harris Street, Pukekohe; Bin Inn Takanini, Shop 15 Takanini Village Centre, 30 Walters Road, Takanini; Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura; 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; andIndo Spice World, 1/214 Great South Road, Manurewa and 12E Puhinui Road, Papatoetoe; Punjab Food and Spices, 41 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura; Reliance Mini Mart, 85 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura (also stocks Epsom salts)

Other

  • Home compostable cotton buds are available at Black Bean Foods, 79 O’Shannessey Street, Papakura and The Goodness Grocer, 216 King Street, Pukekohe.


Reuse and Recycle

  • Food waste and composting – food waste in a bin gets sent to landfill where it breaks down anaerobically, producing methane (a potent greenhouse gas). No! Here are some alternatives:
    • Home composting/worm farms/bokashi – Having a composting, worm farm or bokashi bin system at home is the best and cheapest way to deal with your food scraps. If you’d like help setting one up or working out what the best system would be for you, did you know that Auckland City Council offers FREE composting workshops through their programme, the Compost Collective? Worth checking out! Tamaki WRAP also runs composting workshops.
    • Food scrap collections – We Compost also runs a food scrap collection service for both households AND businesses, and takes it to be composted – yay! 
    • Edible food waste – food that is still edible that goes to waste is a crying shame. Check out the Community Fridge (an initiative of Amanda Chapman, with a rescued fridge provided by Resource Rescue), located in Griffiths Gardens (corner of Wellesley street and Mayoral Drive). The fridge is open 24 hours a day. The idea is that individuals and businesses can leave any excess food they may have (which might otherwise go to waste) in the fridge. Anyone who wishes is free to take food from the fridge. In addition to the Community Fridge there are also two food rescue organisations in Auckland – Fair Food and Kiwi Harvest – who take food that would otherwise go to waste from businesses and redistribute it to organisations with a social justice function.
  • E-waste – electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, with huge environmental implications because of the toxins that can be leached from this waste, but also the loss of incredibly precious resources embedded in these items that are not recovered when the waste is dumped in landfill.
    • Repair: Rather than throwing you broken electronics out – have you considered trying to get them repaired first? You could pay someone to do it or look out for Repair or Fix-it Cafes where experts donate their time to fix people’s broken items for free at a designated repair event (usually run by community centres, churches or councils). Check out Repair Cafe Auckland to see where the next repair cafe is happening near you! 
    • Recycle: If your electronics really have given up the ghost, rather than chucking them out, take them to be recycled responsibly. In Auckland there are a range of places you can take your e-waste to be recycled or disposed of more safely. These include community recycling centres (see below), Resource RescueAbilitiesEcomatters, and E-Cycle
  • Community Recycling Centres are popping up all over Auckland now that the council has the aim of having at least 12 in the city in order to reach its goal of becoming a zero waste city by 2040. Community recycling centres are community-run and very effective at diverting waste from landfill, whether by arranging recycling, or repurposing or reselling of items back to the community at low cost. They are often drop-off points for all manner of recyclables, from plastics, paper/cardboard, glass and metals, through to hard to recycle items like e-waste, building and construction materials and other bits and bobs. Check out this list of Auckland community recycling centres to find your local. The range of things the community can drop-off also makes community recycling centres a GREAT place to get your magpie on and scavenge some real treasures at the re-use shops – a perfect place to find secondhand items rather than buying them new. If you’re wanting a new appliance or gadget, new toys or bikes, or if you’re undertaking a craft, building or home maker project and need some wood off-cuts, scrap metal, bolts, nuts or other building equipment, go to your local community recycling centre before you go anywhere else – you’ll be amazed at what you can find, at super low prices.
  • EcoMatters’ Adopt a Resource – one person’s waste is another person’s treasure. Daily industry throws out tonnes of ‘waste’ that might actually be useful to other people. EcoMatters, an amazing Environment Centre in New Lynn, is taking ‘waste’ off the Rosebank Business Community and rehoming it to whoever might want it! Check out their website – you never know what kind of goodies you might be able to get, while saving it from a sad fate in landfill :-O

Zero Waste Information and Support Networks

  • Waste-free advocates – Auckland is full of groups and individuals who provide support and inspiration for people to reduce their waste, both online and offline. You may have heard of Amanda Chapman from Amanda in Waste-free Land, Kristy Lorson from EarthSavvy (who is also the creator of the incredibly useful Zero Waste in NZ! Facebook page), the Weir-Barwells of Waste-Less Living, the trail-blazing Matthew Luxon and Waveney Warth from Rubbishfree.co.nz, and the Archer family of 6 who are documenting their year without a bin this year (2018). Have a look at their websites – they are all excellent resources for waste-free living in Auckland, and NZ generally. If you’re lucky, you might be able to twist one of their arms to do a public talk/workshop as well… 😀
  • Sustainable Papakura – this organisation is awesome! Apart from running a monthly Sustainable Market in Papakura, they also regularly run free workshops on all kinds of topics that help with low-waste living, such as cloth pad sewing workshops, beeswax wraps making sessions, DIY toiletries & cleaners, waste free snacks, and so much more! They’re also really keen for suggestions on workshops or events they can run. Definitely check them out!
  • Environmental hubs – environment centres and hubs are a great place to look out for if you would like help reducing waste (in the context of sustainable living generally). An excellent example is Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn. Among their many programmes, they are advancing zero waste in Western Auckland. They offer solutions for a range of hard to recycle items, like polystyrene, batteries, toothpaste tubes, curtains and light bulbs. Their frequent workshops often cover topics that assist with low-waste living. They also provide cool things for the community that diverts waste from landfill, like firewood which has been diverted from landfill, low-priced bikes rescued from landfill and done up, used coffee grinds for your garden, upcycled jewellery and crafts, and their Love Zero Waste Trailer, available for hire. 
  • Tamaki WRAP is simply incredible – they’re dedicated to supporting the waste reduction in the community and they offer great workshops and waste minimisation education spanning a variety of different areas. They also run the United Sustainable Sisters programme, and they’ve set up hubZERO a new location in Panmure dedicated to all things zero waste: waste-based social enterprises, full on local upcycling, and a space for workshops. Woohoo!
  • Running a Zero Waste Event – Are you running an event – big or small – and keen to keep it low-waste?Well, EcoMatters has developed an AMAZING website on Zero Waste Events in collaboration with Auckland Council to encourage event organisers and stallholders to design an event that generates less waste, and/or the right kind of waste for reuse. There’s so much useful information on this website, so definitely check it out – proper impressive!

Share and Exchange/Skills and Resilience in Communities

  • Toy Libraries – reduce the wasteful over-consumption of toys and save money by joining a toy library! Check out this guide to find the nearest Toy Library to you.
  • Auckland Library of Tools – need tools? Guess what, you can now rent them out (rather than buying new) from the wonderful Auckland Library of Tools! We don’t all need a garage full of tools, so save your money and reduce waste by joining ALOT. You can also donate tools to ALOT if you have a garage full and reckon they could go for an outing 😉
  • Menzshed – there are Menzsheds throughout Auckland. Menzshed provides a great opportunity for men of all ages to share tools and a workspace (reducing the wasteful overduplication of these resources) and to pass on skills of woodworking and other trades. Menzsheds frequently offer communities the service of repairing broken items like furniture (at a small cost), work with upcycled material that might otherwise go to waste, and also create bespoke items for community and charitable purposes. Definitely look up your local!
  • Community gardens and urban growing – if you are wanting to try your hand at gardening and have access to some unpackaged, locally grown veges, look up your local community garden. We’ve seen some great ones, including Kelmarna Gardens in Ponsonby, but there are many more! Check out a full list (plus map) here. And DEFINITELY check out the truly amazing For the Love of Bees – an artistic project that has morphed into a next level community-mobilising force for making Auckland a city that is good for bees (and thus, for us), incredible stuff!
  • Sharing Sheds/Community Fruit and Veg Stands – these are stands/shelves in the community where anyone can drop off excess fruit and veg from their garden, and anyone is free to take what’s there, free of charge. The wonderful art of sharing means that excess produce doesn’t go to waste. Furthermore, items can be shared without excessive amounts of packaging. These are popping up around the country and there are heaps in Auckland – find your nearest through the new website Free Food.
  • Crop Swap – Another fantastic thing going is Crop Swaps – at a crop swap, individuals who have veges they’ve grown, or preserves or baking they’ve made (or similar), come together once a fortnight or once a month, to trade their offerings without any money changing hands – all free! Just bring something to share and let the swapping begin! Trading homegrown or home created goodies with friends and locals means you can avoid all that packaging that often comes with a store setting. You can also have friendly chats about how to share goods without the waste. There are crop swaps dotted around Auckland, check out this website for a location near you (note the website is still being developed and currently missing many locations – you may need to ask around).



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