Zero Waste in the Far North District

Zero Waste in the Far North District

This guide covers the Far North District only. For other areas of Northland, please refer to the Zero Waste in Northland post.

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. On the landing page for the region (above), we also list community groups, council services and ideas for tricky waste streams, so make sure you read that part too!

** Please note that we will be updating the Far North shopping guide over July and August 2019. Thanks for bearing with us! **

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!

  • Paihia Lanes Pantry, Paihia Lanes, Paihia – a good range of dried food in bulk available here
  • Kerikeri Organic, 1188 State Highway 10 (7km south of Kerikeri off State Highway 10, 2.5km south of the Kerikeri Crossroads) – this small countryside organic shop runs on an honesty box system. Alongside fresh organic fruit and veges, eggs etc. they also have a range of bulk bins stocking grains, beans/legumes, flour, seeds, spices, and even bulk liquid refills of things like tamari and apple cider vinegar (the owners are open to buying in requested goods, so get in contact if you’d like to see them stock something that isn’t there when you go in).
  • Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road – 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, and a broad selection of liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and syrups).  They also have a peanut butter extruder, just BYO jar! Also, this store gives a 10% discount if you bring your own bags and containers!
  • Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa – BYO bottles to get amazing local organic extra virgin olive oil on tap!
  • Bush Fairy Dairy, 1195 Oruru Road, Peria – an absolute gem off the beaten track in the Far North! Stocks a range of dried foods in bulk bins, including flours, grains, beans/legumes, nuts, seeds and spices. Offers refills of vinegar and tamari, and even has a peanut butter extruder with organic peanuts! Anything packed in little plastic snaplock bags (e.g. dried fruit and baking soda) can be transferred to your own bag at the counter and then the shop will reuse the little bags.
  • It’s Healthy Wholefoods, Shop 8 Plaza North, 210-222 Commerce Street, Kaitaia – a small organic shop, stocking dried bulk bin grains, beans/legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, flours and tea. Offers refills of tamari, olive oil and apple cider vinegar – BYO bottle.
  • 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 often pricier than the bulk bins at organic stores. 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 PAK’nSAVE, 111 North Road, Kaitaia does have a decent range of loose, unpackaged goods in the bulk section, including grains, legumes, nuts, dried fruit, sweets, and even veggie chips and other snacks.
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese/Deli/Tofu

Places that sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese, tofu and/or deli foods who will happily put your unwrapped purchases straight into a BYO container – woohoo!

  • Churchill’s Fine Meats and Deli, 81 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri and 198 Waipapa Road, Waipapa – happy to put meat and deli food into BYO containers.
  • The Old Packhouse Market Butchery, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri – only open during the market on Saturdays!
  • PC Meats/Pete’s Home Kill,
  • Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa – BYO container for meat, cheese, salad, olives etc from the deli. The owner/operator is passionate about environmental sustainability and reducing waste, and has incorporated those values into every level of the business (the products that he stocks, working with suppliers to reduce unnecessary packaging, not offering plastic bags, and using recycled wood for shelving and interior decor).
  • Whānau Meats, 137 Commerce Street, Kaitaia – this butcher is happy to put cuts of meat in a BYO container.
  • Get Bostock’s Organic Chicken which comes in Grounded certified home compostable packaging at Four Square Paihia, 41 Williams Road, Paihia; and Kerikeri Organic, 1188 State Highway 10 (7km south of Kerikeri off State Highway 10, 2.5km south of the Kerikeri Crossroads (also sells butter packaged in greaseproof paper here).
  • 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 Four Square Paihia, 41 Williams Road, Paihia; Countdown Kerikeri, 56 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; New World Kerikeri, 99 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri (also sells whole fish self serve); PAK’nSAVE, 111 North Road, Kaitaia
  • BYO containers at the supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more – all unpackaged. All major supermarkets will now allow you to BYO container for these goods (Countdown is rolling this out nationwide in late 2019).
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).

  • Paihia Bakery, 39 Williams Road, Paihia
  • McGregors Fresh Food, 592 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • The Old Packhouse Market Store, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri – their sourdough loaves and baguettes are baked on Wednesday and the weekend for the market. Any unsold loaves will be wrapped in plastic to keep fresh, so get in on the day!
  • Kerikeri Bakehouse, two locations: 92c Fairway Drive and 334 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • 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! Some great local markets include the Kaitaia Farmers MarketSaturdays 7am-12pm, 11 Matthews Ave; the Bay of Islands Farmers’ Markets, Thursdays 1.30-4pm at the Village Green in Paihia, and Saturdays 8.30am-12pm at the Post Office Carpark, Hobson Ave, Kerikeri, or The Old Packhouse Market at 505 Kerikeri Road Saturdays 8am-1:30pm and Sundays 9am-1:30pm. 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.
  • Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri – sells unpackaged sweets.
  • Crave, Unit C5, 2 Cobham Road, Kerikeri – unpackaged gourmet popcorn – yus! Just BYO bags or containers.
  • Ella & Co., 2a Williams Road, Paihia – makes and sells its own fudge unpackaged, BYO containers
  • Northland Pet Food, 65 Cobham Road, Kerikeri – stocks bulk pet food! BYO bags & containers

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Tea – we avoid tea bags because they often have plastic in them. We go for loose leaf instead, so we’re always on the lookout for stores that sell unpackaged loose leaf tea! Vitality, 86 Marsden Road, Paihia stocks a range of loose leaf herbal teas in bulk; The Old Packhouse Market Store, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri stocks Tea Licious loose leaf teas which come in brown paper bags (no plastic lining); It’s Healthy Wholefoods, Shop 8 Plaza North, 210-222 Commerce Street, Kaitaia sells various loose-leaf teas in bulk.
  • Coffee – look out for places where you can get loose coffee beans/grounds put into your own bag/container. For example, at Way Cup, 333 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri (leave a jar/bag/container with them to fill and pick up at a later date); Max Coffee Roasters, 29 Mill Lane, Kerikeri; Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road; and The Gecko Cafe, 71 Commerce Street, Kaitaia.
  • Milk – in the Far North you have access to Bella Vacca Jerseys’ milk in reusable glass bottles from Stumpy’s Fish & Chips Kawakawa, 4 Station Road, Kawakawa; Four Square Paihia, 41 Williams Road, Paihia; Junction Cafe & Dairy, 1264 Puketona Road, RD3, Oromahoe; The Old Packhouse Market, Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri on Saturdays; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa; and The Cable Bay Store, 384 State Highway 10, Cable Bay.
    • How does it work? Bella Vacca Jerseys milk comes in glass milk bottles that get reused. The milk costs $3.50 a litre. When you buy your first bottle you pay an extra $4.50 to cover the cost of the bottle, after that you return the empty bottle to any stockist and exchange it for a full one for only the price of the milk ($3.50). The empties are then returned to Bella Vacca for sterilisation and reuse – so the bottles just go around and around – true zero waste!
  • Beer/Cider: get beer on tap at Ferment, 73 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Liquor King Kaitaia, 195 Commerce Street – BYO bottle to get beer and cider on tap, but only in summer. Keep an eye out for other liquor stores or breweries that might also have beer on tap.

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 The Cabbage Tree, 69 Marsden Road and 11 Williams Road, Paihia; Ella & Co., 2a Williams Road, Paihia; Gold ‘n’ Gifts, 13 Williams Road, Paihia; Flying Fish Design Store, 9 Williams Road, Paihia; Vitality, 86 Marsden Road, Paihia; Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia; The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri; Hardy’s, 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Eko, 66F Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Pallet Design, 86 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

There are heaps of places to buy reusable takeaway coffee cups in the Far North:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Barrow Boys Coffee, 94 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa
  • Get the NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at The Cabbage Tree, 69 Marsden Road and 11 Williams Road, Paihia; Paihia Bookshop, 37 Williams Road, Paihia; The Old Packhouse Market Store, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Zest Café, 73 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Also NZ-made Ideal Cups are sold at Flax Bush, 50 Waterfront Road, Mangonui
  • Joco Cups are sold at Third Wheel Coffee Co., Paihia; Barrow Boys Coffee, 94 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Sol cups are soles at Eko, 66F Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Zuperzozial and other brands of bamboo fibre cups are sold at The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri; Pallet Design, 86 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Ella & Co., 2a Williams Road, Paihia; Flying Fish Design Store, 9 Williams Road, Paihia
  • Ceramic coffee cups with silicone lids are sold at The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri; Essentially Flowers, 79 Commerce Street, Kaitaia
  • The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri – stocks a wide range of cups
  • Avanti Go cups at Gold ‘n’ Gifts, 13 Williams Road, Paihia

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. If you’d like locally-made produce bags, look no further than Sarah’s Veg – Lettuce Supply You, in Kerikeri, who makes excellent, durable produce, shopping and lined meat bags, and sells them alongside her homegrown veg. You can also get them at Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa. Also check out locally-made produce bags and shopping bags at EcoCentre Kaitaia, Bank Street, Kaitaia. Other brands of produce, bulk bin & shopping bags are sold at Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia; Eko, 66F Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; and Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri.

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 Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia; Flying Fish Design Store, 9 Williams Road, Paihia; Health 2000, 84b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri; Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa.

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

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at – Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia; The Old Packhouse Market Store, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri (wrapped in plastic…); Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri (though the wraps are packaged in plastic…); Unichem Kerikeri Pharmacy, 4/64 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Eko, 66F Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Health 2000, 84b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; EcoCentre Kaitaia, Bank Street (locally made!);
    • 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/fat quarters (e.g. at Paihia Bookshop, 37 Williams Road, Paihia; All You Needle, 68 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; ). Get unpackaged beeswax at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia; Mana Kai Honey, 76 State Highway 1, Awanui
    • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get The Rubbish Whisperer reusable sandwich pouches from Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • 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 Flying Fish Design Store, 9 Williams Road, Paihia; The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri
  • Silicone storage freezer bags are sold at The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
  • CBEC shop, 190 Pukepoto Road, Kaitaia – CBEC’s eco shop has a few EcoStore detergents in bulk containers for you to refill your own bottles with.

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa; and Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri (they also sells a wide range of brushware and kitchen utensils made from wood and natural materials.

You can also get Go Bamboo veggie brushes that can be used as dish scrubbers at Orange Frog, 2 Selwyn Road, Paihia; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa – as these are made of just wood and plant fibre, they can be composted at home or burnt safely.

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, Wet-it!, Munch or Nil 100% cotton + cellulose dishcloth sponges (home compostable at the end of their life) which are available at Unichem Kerikeri Pharmacy, 4/64 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Nawrap 100% natural fibre dishcloths are sold at The Scullery, 3 Fairway Drive, Kerikeri; Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri.
  • Get locally knitted 100% cotton dishcloths from Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia; and the EcoCentre Kaitaia, Bank Street, Kaitaia. All the items for sale at the EcoCentre are super affordable and the staff and volunteers are really on to it when it comes to low-waste living, so a must to visit!
  • You can also get hemp dish scrubbers (scourers) at Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia – these are home compostable at the end of their life.
  • Organic cotton dishcloths are stocked at the CBEC Shop, 190 Pukepoto Road, Kaitaia.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with no inner plastic lining, and the scoop is also made of cardboard. Find it at **to be updated** . You can also get Living Green laundry powder, which is the same deal (no plastic, septic tank safe) with a bamboo scoop, from Countdown Kerikeri, 56 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri;
  • Soap Nuts – these are a fruit that contains saponin and thus good for laundry. You can get That Red House Soapberries which come in a paper bag inside a cotton bag at The Old Packhouse Market Store, 505 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri – sells unpackaged bars of laundry soap that come with a nifty wooden brush.
  • Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia – stocks Aoraki Naturals stain remover bars of soap.
  • Non-plastic clothes pegs – bamboo pegs available at Orange Frog, 2 Selwyn Road, Paihia; New World Kerikeri, 99 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa. You can get both old school wooden dolly pegs and stainless steel pegs are sold at Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri.

Ingredients for homemade cleaning products

  • Baking soda – find this in bulk bins at Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road or available in upcycled and refillable glass jars at EcoCentre Kaitaia, Bank Street, Kaitaia
  • White vinegar – available on tap at Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road
  • Bars of castile soap/dishwashing bars (which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid) – get Timaru-made Aoraki Naturals dish soap bars at Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia.

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 Four Square Paihia, 41 Williams Road, Paihia; Little Giants based at the Kaipātiki Eco Hub, 195 Puketona Road, Paihia; Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia and 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Countdown Kerikeri, 56 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; New World Kerikeri, 99 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Health 2000, 84b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa; It’s Healthy Wholefoods, Shop 8 Plaza North, 210-222 Commerce Street, Kaitaia; CBEC shop, 190 Pukepoto Road, Kaitaia; Boatshed Cafe, 8 Clendon Esplanade, Rawene.
  • Floss – Do Gooder at Countdown Kerikeri, 56 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

The following stores sell totally naked/paper packaged bars of soap:

  • Flying Fish Design Store, 9 Williams Road, Paihia
  • Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road
  • Hardy’s, 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • The Cabbage Tree, 69 Marsden Road, Paihia
  • Bush Fairy Dairy, 1195 Oruru Road, Peria
  • Hokianga i-SITE, 29 State Highway 12, Opononi

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): Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia and 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Look out for shampoo bars made by Northland based company, Dirty Hippie.
  • You can get Mia Belle shampoo & conditioner bars, and deodorant & lip balm in cardboard tubes from Eko, 66F Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Get Nature Body products such as natural deodorants in home compostable cardboard tubes from Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa (also stocks the Aotearoad brand); and Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia and 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads:

  • Menstrual cups at Hardy’s, 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Countdown Kerikeri, 56 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Health 2000, 84b Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri; Unichem Kerikeri Pharmacy, 4/64 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa; EcoCentre Kaitaia, Bank Street, Kaitaia
  • Other – you can get sea sponges (used in the old days like a reusable tampon!) at Pallet Design, 86 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri

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 and replacement blades from Stone Store, 248 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri.
Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from CBEC shop, 190 Pukepoto Road, Kaitaia; Boatshed Cafe, 8 Clendon Esplanade, Rawene; Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa; Four Square Paihia, 41 Williams Road, Paihia; Orange Frog, 2 Selwyn Road, Paihia; Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia and 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
  • Toilet Paper – Greencane toilet paper is wrapped in home compostable packaging, which you can get from Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa.
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • Coconut oil is an important ingredient for making homemade toiletries like toothpaste and deodorant. You can get Samoa Heritage coconut oil, which has no plastic seal around the lid, at Boatshed Cafe, 8 Clendon Esplanade, Rawene; and Omaparadise, 328 State Highway 12, Omapere.
    • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as just a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it unpackaged in bulk from Kerikeri Bulk Foods Store, 92 Kerikeri Road or in upcycled and refillable glass jars from EcoCentre Kaitaia, Bank Street, Kaitaia.
  • Refillable/returnable toiletries
    • Four Square Waipapa, 1993 State Highway 10, Waipapa – stocks the full range of Nature Body products (e.g. sunscreen and deodorant) that are packaged in either unlined cardboard (which is home compostable), or in glass pottles which can be returned to Nature Body to be refilled (and you’ll get $1 off your next purchase for every returned jar!).
    • Get Nature Body products such as toothpastes in refillable jars, from Hardy’s, Paihia Lanes, Paihia and 69 Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri
    • Eko, 66F Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri – stocks bath salts in a bulk jar, BYO bags/containers


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