Zero Waste in Taupō District

Zero Waste in Taupō District

This guide covers Taupō District only. For other districts in the Waikato Region, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Waikato Region post.

FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. STORES 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 Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street, Taupō – 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 extruder, just BYO jar! All Bin Inn stores around New Zealand are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō – if you’re after organics without packaging, you must check out this haven in Taupō! Note that if you are allergic to gluten, this is a bulk store you can actually shop at without fear of contamination because Raw Balance is a strictly gluten-free premises. The store keeps all its bulk organics out back, which they use to supply their kitchen (as Raw Balance is also a raw food deli and takeaway – if you want to try any of their delicious food – you totally should! – they’ll happily but their creations in BYO bags, containers, cups etc. They even have their own reusable smoothie cups – yee!). All you need to do is come with your own bags and containers and let the staff know what you’d like and they’ll put it together for you – they have gluten-free grains and flours, rice, legumes/pulses, dried fruit, nuts, seeds etc. They also have some bulk liquids, including oils, tamari and vinegar. 
  • Supermarkets – all major supermarkets 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.
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese/Deli

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!

  • M21 Meats, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 25 Paora Hapi Street, Taupō
  • Spa Gate Fish & Chips and Fresh Seafood Market, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 21 Paora Hapi Street, Taupō
  • Lakeside Meats, 63 Rifle Range Road, Taupō
  • Farmers Discount Meats, corner Taharepa and Rifle Range Roads, Taupō
  • PAK’nSAVE Taupō, between Paora Hapi and Ruapehu Streets – sells self-serve whole fish, so try your luck with your own container
  • Unpackaged live mussels – there are a few stores around town that 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. You can find unpackaged live mussels at PAK’nSAVE Taupō, between Paora Hapi and Ruapehu Streets; Countdown Taupō, corner Spa Road & Tongariro Street, New World Tūrangi, 19 Ohuanga Road, Turangi.

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).

  • Baker’s Delight, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 19 Paora Hapi Street, Taupō
  • Brumby’s Bakery, 26 Heuheu Street, Taupō
  • Rangatira Bakery, Rangatira Shopping Centre, Mansell Road, Taupō
  • 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! BYO bags to get fresh produce from The Taupō Market, Redoubt Street on Saturdays. 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. Many of the Wellington markets have local producers of pre-made foods like tofu, noodles, preserves etc. 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.
  • Trade Aid, 44 Heuheu Street, Taupō – Trade Aid’s 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are 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.

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Milk – the holy grail of zero waste success at your doorstep in Taupō! That’s right, you can get local, fresh, raw milk into reusable glass bottles from a vending machine at Taupō Raw Milk, 254 Oruanui Road, Taupō. Just buy the glass bottles the first time you buy, and then every time you go after that, simply reuse the same bottle, over and over. Amazing!
  • Coffee – we recommend looking out for places that stock unpackaged coffee beans/grinds and bringing your own bags and containers. There are a couple of local roasters: Bubu Coffee, Rangatira Shopping Centre, Mansell Road,Taupō are happy to put their coffee in a BYO jar/container. You can also get fresh beans/grinds put in your own bags/containers from Taupō’s other local roaster, Volcanic Coffee, either go to the grindhouse itself (20 Otupai Street), if you choose this option, just call up beforehand and check that Jimmy the owner is in when you want to pick-up. Alternatively, stop by Volcanic Coffee’s stall at the Saturday Taupō market with your own bag/container, OR get Volcanic Coffee’s certified organic beans any day of the week from Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street. 
  • Drinking chocolate – get cocoa and/or drinking chocolate in bulk from either Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō or Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street. 
  • Beer – look out for places where you can get beer on tap put straight into your own bottle/flagon. Places we spotted were Liquor King, 88 Roberts Street, Taupō and Crafty Trout Brewing Co, 131-135 Tongariro Street, Taupō. Or else, 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) so that the bottles can then be sterilised and reused (a better outcome for glass bottles than recycling because reusing the same bottle over and over requires way less energy and resources than recycling).
  • Kombucha – you’ll find Organic Mechanic kombucha on tap at Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō – BYO bottler/rigger or buy a reusable glass one.

KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES

Reusable drinking vessels (cups and water bottles)

Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable water bottles at Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō (metal); SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street, Taupō; Hardy’s Health Store, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō (metal); Jak & Co., 21 Heuheu Street, Taupō (glass); Charlie WHO, 24 Heuheu Street, Taupō (glass & metal); Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō; and a choice of fancy metal, glass and ceramic bottles at Collaboration, 9 Heuheu Street, Taupō.

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō and Rafting New Zealand, 41 Ngawaka Place, Tūrangi.
  • rCup is sold at The Eye of a Needle, corner of Gascoigne and Tamamutu Streets
  • Find glass SoL Cup at Eko, 20 Heuheu Street and Collaboration, 9 Heuheu Street (who also sell beautiful ceramic travel mugs)
  • Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street – stocks a range of reusable cups, including Keep Cup, Oasis Eco Cup, and Avanti Go Mug
  • SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street – also stocks cups by JOCO and Frank Green.
  • Don’t have a reusable cup, don’t want to buy one, or have one and forgot it? Throughout Taupō District you can make use of the OneCup scheme, which many cafes are signed up to! It’s basically a reusable takeaway coffee cup system – pay a small $2 deposit for the reusable cup when you purchase your coffee and then return the cup to any participating cafe whenever you have a mo, to get your deposit back or to get another takeaway coffee in another OneCup. Yay!

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 BeetBox glass containers (metal lid) at Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō.

Reusable straws

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 Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street, Taupō ; Hardy’s Health Store, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō; Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Jak & Co., 21 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō; or a range of silicone, steel and bamboo straws at Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō.

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. You can get 100% organic cotton produce and/or bulk bin bags by RethinkThe Swag and other brands at Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō; Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; The Eye of a Needle, corner of Gascoigne and Tamamutu Streets, Taupō (they also stock bread bags!); Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō. Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō also stocks locally-sewn Boomerang Bags.

Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at – The Eye of a Needle, corner of Gascoigne and Tamamutu Streets, Taupō; Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Collaboration, 9 Heuheu Street, Taupō; SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street, Taupō; Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō; and Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō.
    • 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 stores for off-cuts of cotton, or some beautiful ‘fat quarters’ from The Eye of a Needle, corner of Gascoigne and Tamamutu Streets, Taupō. See if you can get unpackaged beeswax from the market or local beekeepers.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get reusable sandwich bags and/or wraps from Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō; Collaboration, 9 Heuheu Street, Taupō (synthetic waterproof material); and 100% cotton lunch pouches by The Swag at SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street, Taupō.
  • 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 Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō.

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Collaboration, 9 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō; The Eye of a Needle, corner of Gascoigne and Tamamutu Streets, Taupō; and Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō. Also, you can get wooden veggie brushes with plant fibre bristles which can also be used as dishbrushes (they just don’t have a handle) at SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street, Taupō; Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō; and Hardy’s Health Store, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō – as these are made only of bamboo and plant fibre, they’re home compostable should they ever wear down.

We also 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 SpaceCraft, Suncourt Plaza, Shop 3, 19 Tamamutu Street, Taupō; and Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō.
  • At Charlie WHO, 24 Heuheu Street, Taupō you can get the fancy Bianca Lorenne cotton dishcloths.
  • Alternatively, find 100% cotton dishcloths at Charlie WHO, 24 Heuheu Street, Taupō; and Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō – Replete also stocks Nawrap cloths made of linen and other natural fibres.
  • Plain old muslin/cheesecloth, which is 100% cotton and therefore home compostable at the end of its life, can be used as a dishcloth. You can find it at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; and Chef’s Compliments, 11 Gascoigne Street, Taupō.
  • If you’re after a coarser scrubby, you can get 100% coconut fibre coarse scrubby by Safix from Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō; and Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with, including Ecostore and OurEco cleaning products.
  • Hardy’s Health Shop, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō – stocks bars of Dr. Bronner’s castille soap that can be used as the base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! It is also septic tank safe. You can get it from PAK’nSAVE Taupō, between Paora Hapi and Ruapehu Streets; Four Square Praters, 61 Rifle Range Road, Taupō; Four Square, 106 Rifle Range Road, Taupō; and New World Turangi, 19 Ohuanga Road, Tūrangi. You can also get Living Green laundry powder, which is the same deal (no plastic, septic tank safe) with a bamboo scoop, from Countdown Taupō, corner Spa Road & Tongariro Street.
  • You’ll also find Ecostore laundry powder in bulk at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street.
  • Soapnuts – natural nut shells that release saponin (like soap) in water and can be used for laundry. Once spent, the shells can be composted. Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street and Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō both stock the SoapNuts NZ brand that come only in a cardboard box with no inner plastic lining. You can also get That Red House Soapberries brand (which comes in a cotton bag with a brown paper bag inside lining) from The Eye of a Needle, corner of Gascoigne and Tamamutu Streets, Taupō.
  • Non-plastic clothes pegs – bamboo pegs are available at Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō; Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; or amazing stainless steel pegs at Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō and Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street.
  • White Vinegar – sold in bulk at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street.
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – Dr Bronner’s castile bars (made in the USA) are available at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; Hardy’s Health Store, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō; and Health 2000 Taupō, 15 Horomatangi Street, Taupō.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

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 Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; Hardy’s Health Store, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō; Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Charlie Who, 24 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō; and New World Turangi, 19 Ohuanga Road, Tūrangi.
  • Dental Floss – Countdown Taupō, corner Spa Road & Tongariro Street stocks 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 a cardboard box from the Do Gooder website – just pop the refill into your original metal/glass dispenser.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō.
  • Charlie Who, 24 Heuheu Street, Taupō.
  • Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō.

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): Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; Unichem Mainstreet Pharmacy, corner Tongariro and Heuheu Streets, Taupō; Life Pharmacy, 35-37 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Hardy’s Health Shop, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō.
  • However, there are other shampoo and conditioner bars out there!:
    • Get Mia Belle bars of shampoo, conditioner and body butter at Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō or Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street
    • Mirumiru shampoo and conditioner bars at Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō.
    • J.R.Liggett’s shampoo bars at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street
    • Simple Naked Soap (wrapped in a cotton pouch) at Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street
    • AND… last but definitely not least,, check out the amazing Dandans Nature – solid shampoo bars locally-made in Taupō by high school student Dan Stephens-Kingi! Find the bars in-person at Tuwharetoa Māori Trust Board Office, 81 Horomatangi Street, Taupō or order them directly from Dan by sending him a private message on his FB page. Too cool!
  • Deodorant – you can get natural deodorants in home compostable cardboard tubes around Taupō. Hardy’s Health Shop, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō stocks the Nature Body brand; Eko, 20 Heuheu Street, Taupō stocks the Mia Belle brand (as well as lip balm in a compostable cardboard tube).

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. For example, you can get menstrual cups at Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street; Bin Inn Taupō, Spa Gate Shopping Centre, 27 Paora Hapi Street; Countdown Taupō, corner Spa Road & Tongariro Street; Life Pharmacy, 35-37 Heuheu Street, Taupō; Hardy’s Health Shop, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō.

Shaving

Avoid plastic shavers that are designed to be disposable and go for 100% metal razors that will last you decades and only require the 100% metal and recyclable blades to be replaced (or sharpened with a leather strop!), and remember to use a bar of shaving soap instead of shaving foam that comes in an aerosol can (see above) – note, you’ll need a shaving brush to make this work. You can buy razors, replacement blades, shaving brushes, and shaving soap from Replete Cafe and Store, 45 Heuheu Street, Taupō.
 
Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Hardy’s Health Shop, 37 Horomatangi Street, Taupō; and Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street, Taupō.

COMMUNITY GROUPS AND SUPPORTIVE NETWORKS

  • Food waste and composting – food waste and scraps going to landfill not only produces methane, but also represents the loss of an excellent resource that could be turned into compost to enrich our soil. The best way to avoid this is to start dealing with your food scraps at home through home composting/worm farms/bokashi. If you aren’t sure how to do this, the Taupō District Council runs home composting workshops through Taupō Community Gardens in Taupō and Awhi Farm in Tūrangi every month between October and May – so go along to one of these! Otherwise, if you’d like to get started but are put off by the cost of setting up a new system, FYI that the Taupō District Council also offers subsidy vouchers for a variety of food waste systems, including Earthmaker composts, Hungry Bin worm farms, Can-o-worms and Bokashi ZING. So do take advantage of these great offers!
  • Boomerang Bags Taupō – get yourself some lovely cloth bags instead of plastic shopping bags from the Boomerang Bags Taupō crew. You can find their bags around Taupō, including Raw Balance, 45 Oruanui Street. If you’re a sewer, sign up to help sew a few if you feel up to it! The Boomerang Bags movement is taking NZ by storm and Taupō is a long-running stronghold, so it’s a great opportunity to get amongst it 🙂
  • Taupō Community Gardens, 48 Richmond Avenue, Richmond Heights, Taupō – growing your own kai is a great way to get food packaging-free (and just free generally…) But if you don’t know how, or if you don’t have space, it can be hard! Taupō Community Gardens to the rescue – a great place to try your hand at growing and to partake in the produce too 😉
  • Toy Libraries – reduce the wasteful over-consumption of toys and save money by joining a toy library! Check out the toy library nearest you.
  • The Timber Recycling Co. – building? renovating? need some timber? The Timber Recycling Co rescues and restores used timber that might otherwise have gone to landfill. If you need timber or wood for any kind of project, see if you can get some from The Timber Recycling Co rather than going somewhere like Mitre 10 to buy it brand new. If you have timber that you don’t need that might be usable, rather than taking it to the dump, see if The Timber Recycling Co would like it – they buy timber off the general public.
  • Tip Shops/Recycling + Reuse Shops – For all your recycling and reusing needs, look out for reuse shops at local landfills. There’s the Habitat for Humanity ReUse Shop at Taupō’s Broadland Roads Landfill and Resource Recovery Park, but also all transfer stations in the district have reuse shops on-site. If you’ve got a hard-to-recycle item or something that’s still functional but which you no longer want, rather than chucking such things out, take them to one of these reuse shops and see if they’ll accept them. Furthermore, if you’re ever in need of a new one-off purchase – from materials for a home fit-out, cuts of wood, building materials, through to cutlery, appliances, furniture or other knick knacks – consider coming to shop here first, before going to buy something new. You might be amazed by what you find (and the low cost)…
  • Menzshed – there are Menzsheds throughout the district. 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!
  • Para Kore – Para Kore is an amazing organisation working with marae, kura and Māori institutions and businesses to transition towards zero waste. Their resources/services are free and their regional kaiārahi are totally fabulous. Para Kore’s Kaiārahi for Tūwharetoa is Raewyn Rāmeka– if you’re keen for some awhi with waste reduction, she’d be stoked to hear from you 🙂


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