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Zero Waste in the Greater Wellington Region (including Wellington, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa)

Zero Waste in the Greater Wellington Region (including Wellington, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa)

Here we have it – a zero waste shopping guide for the Greater Wellington Region (including Wellington, Kāpiti, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa).

As Wellington was our training ground for living zero waste, it was natural for us to scope out the options in the city and the surrounding region, to discover what exciting and forward-thinking businesses and community groups make Te Ūpoko o te Ika home. So, in this guide we have expanded our Wellington-based experience to include as many options as possible for living zero waste in Kāpiti, the Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. It’s a pretty long list, and the region is pretty large, but we thought it best to include all areas in the same post because we recognise that many people move around the region a lot, and may want to know what’s available outside of the immediate area where they live. We hope that the guide is useful. Note, the guide is arranged by area.

Please, if you know of a business that we have missed from this list, let us know! We will happily update this post with any suggestions, provided that the business stocks something that helps its customers to reduce their waste.

For ongoing questions about places where you can go to get specific zero waste items, check out the Zero Waste Wellington Facebook page – it’s a great forum for sharing ideas and seeking tips or recommendations.

Wellington

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

  • Commonsense Organics260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and tamari – note that in some stores you need to ask at the counter for refills as the oils etc. are kept out the back). Also stocks various sustainably packaged foods, including (among other things) Trade Aid’s chocolate, coffee, sugar and coconut oil, Kokako’s drinking chocolate (in compostable wrapper), and Loving Earth’s chocolate range (compostable packaging). They even offer free cups of tea – just bring a reusable cup!
  • Moshim’s Foodmart, 2-6 Wilson Street, Newtown – offers a wide range of unpackaged dried food in bulk, including grains, flours and legumes, and lots of spices, as well as some hard-to-find items essential for zero waste living, such as baking soda, salt and other specialty baking/cooking goods.
  • Manga the Foodstore, 218 Riddiford Street, Newtown – another great range of dried foods at very affordable prices. Unfortunately, Manga recently decided to remove their bulk bins in favour of pre-packing their goods in ziplock plastic bags. However, they were happy for us to continue bringing our own bags and containers to fill either directly from out back of the shop or from their ziplock bags which they then reused. It’s always worth asking!
  • The Nut Store284 Cuba Street, Te Aro – quality nuts, seeds, fruit and spices sourced as locally as possible. Most things are pre-packed in cellophane (which is compostable), but if you drop off your own bags outside of their peak lunch hours (11am-2pm), they can fill them up for you to pick up later – just let them know the quantities you require.
  • V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro – a small speciality shop, but they stock the only nutritional/savoury yeast in the city, which is even b12 enriched for those on a plant-based diet. There are a few other zero waste items available including vegan lollies, pies, cakes and slices.
  • Trade Aid, 82B Victoria St, Wellington CBD – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging that is compostable in a home compost! Their 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.
  • Moore Wilson’scorner of Tory Street and College Street, Te Aro – most bulk items are packaged here, but they do sell large brown paper bags full of different flour and huge glass jars of olives and the like which you can stock up on. Their fresh department also has some unpackaged cheese rounds that can be sliced to order, so bring you own container and honey wrap to put it in. An industrious person on our FB page also noted that Moore Wilson’s sells 1kg blocks of fresh brewer’s yeast wrapped in paper – you can cut this into cubes, freeze in 2 tsp portions and when you need it, defrost ahead of time and use as you would dried yeast – wow!
  • The Mediterranean Food Warehouse, 42 Constable St, Newtown, Wellington – BYO containers for the deli food!
  • Cameron Harrison Butchery, 4A Crofton Rd, Ngaio and 95 Upland Road, Kelburn – welcomes people to BYO containers for cuts of meat.
  • Adulis, 6/100 Tory St, Wellington – at this excellent Eritrean and Ethiopian Restaurant you will get a discount if you provide BYO containers for your takeaways.
  • Yan’s Supermarket, 28-30 Hopper St, Wellington – sells loose egg noodle nests.
  • Fruit and vege markets – BYO bags to get fresh produce from large markets at Newtown School on Saturdays, or at the Habourside market outside Te Papa and on the corners of Willis, Victoria and Vivian Streets on Sundays. For a smaller range of local, organic produce and artisan products, check out the Thorndon Farmers’ Market (aka Hill Street Farmers’ Market) on Saturday mornings.

Zero waste drink options

  • Coffee – Wellington is spoilt for choice when it comes to the range of coffee roasteries around, it’s really a matter of preference. Locally roasted coffee is also available in New World supermarket bulk bins around the city, and some have grinders in-store too. If you want to go directly to a roastery, it will be a matter of trial and error and concerted conversation to find out who and where offers zero waste coffee options to put in your own containers. Commonsense Organics also stock coffee beans in bulk, as well as Trade Aid’s coffee in compostable packaging.
  • Beer – much like coffee, Wellington is loaded with craft breweries where you can refill your own flagons and bottles (check out the extensive list here). Many liquor stores also stock craft beer on tap where you can refill BYO bottles – places like Regional Wines & Spirits, 15 Ellice Street, or at Glengarry’s, but keep an eye out for other places!
  • Trade Aid, 82B Victoria St, Wellington CBD – coffee available in bags that are compostable in a home compost.
  • The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD – sells loose tea leaves in bulk.
  • Moshim’s Foodmart, 2-6 Wilson Street, Newtown – sells loose tea leaves in bulk.

Zero waste kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville – sells Ecostore’s wooden dishbrush (which has a fully compostable, removeable/replaceable head), bottlewashers, Rethink NZ organic cotton bags for produce and bulk bin fills, various Munch products (Wellington-made reusable alternatives to pesky lunchbox waste like Glad Wrap), compostable alternatives to things like baking paper, Meals in Steel lunchboxes, honey wrap, and many other products besides!
  • Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington – an absolute treasure trove of waste reducing alternatives for your kitchen and lunchbox!
  • Zealandia Store, 53 Waiapu Rd, Kārori – stocks various Munch products.

Zero waste cleaning products

  • Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville – stocks a range of liquid cleaning products you can fill your own bottles with, as well as bars of Dr Bronner’s from you which you can make many of your own cleaning products.

Zero waste bathroom products

  • Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville – sells unpackaged Ecostore bars of soap, and Ethique products, bamboo toothbrushes and earbuds, menstrual cups, and Greencane toilet paper, which comes in a fully compostable wrapper. Also sells unpackaged beeswax, which can be used in homemade cosmetics.
  • Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington – sells various sustainably packaged soaps and Ethique products, bamboo toothbrushes and earbuds, and various other bathroom products.
  • The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD – does refills of many oils used for cosmetic purposes (such as almond oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, etc.)
  • Made Marion Craft, 100 Tory St, Te Aro – sells unpackaged beeswax, which can be used in homemade cosmetics.

Tricky Things

  • Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington – will take lots of hard-to-recycle items, including e-waste.
  • Recycle Centre and Second Treasures Shop, at the Wellington Southern Landfill – accepts scrap metal for recyclying, and many different kinds of e-waste.
  • Repair your electronics – there are lots of places where you can get your electronics repaired (which comes recommended if it means you can stop/delay something going to landfill!) LT Campbell, 128 Tory St are excellent for appliance repairs, and Selwyn Andrews in Kelburn (selwynandrews@hotmail.com) repairs various stereo items, does PAT testing and iPhone screen replacements, in addition to general appliance repairs, at very competitive rates. If you’d like to try your own hand at repairing your things, consider going along to a Repair Cafe. The Newton Tool Library runs these semi-regularly.

Hutt Valley

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

  • Bin Inn Lower Hutt, 211 Jackson St, Petone – 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), and sweets and treats. They also have a peanut butter machine. All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Commonsense Organics, 37 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and tamari). Also stocks various sustainably packaged foods, including (among other things) Trade Aid’s chocolate, coffee, sugar and coconut oil, Kokako’s drinking chocolate (in compostable wrapper), and Loving Earth’s chocolate range (compostable packaging).
  • Trade Aid Petone, 125 Jackson St, Petone – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging that is compostable in a home compost! Their 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.
  • The Dutch Shop, 89 Jackson St, Petone – BYO containers to get unpackaged cheese cut off the wheel.
  • La Bella Italia, 10 Nevis St, Petone – great deli food, BYO containers to fill up!
  • Finz, Queens Arcade, 67-69 Queens Drive, Lower Hutt – BYO bags and containers to get beautiful hazelnut products unpackaged. You may need to call in in advance for certain items so that they can be put in your bags at time of packaging. Also sell hazelnut milk in glass bottles which you can return to the store for reuse!
  • Ontrays, 38 Fitzherbert St, Petone – BYO containers to fill up unpackaged goodies at the deli.

Zero waste drink options

  • Coffee – Look around for roasteries where you can BYO your own bags or containers to refill. Otherwise, grab Trade Aid‘s coffee in compostable packaging from Trade Aid in Petone or Commonsense Organics in Lower Hutt
  • Beer – Get craft beer on tap filled into your own bottles or flagons at Liquorland Upper Hutt and Liquorland Waterloo. Alternatively, go straight to the brewery to fill up your bottles – there are local breweries in the Hutt Valley, including the wonderful Kereru! For other options, check out this fabulous list.

Zero waste kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Commonsense Organics, 37 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt – sells Ecostore’s wooden dishbrush (which has a fully compostable, removeable/replaceable head), bottlewashers, Rethink NZ organic cotton bags for produce and bulk bin fills, various Munch products (Wellington-made reusable alternatives to pesky lunchbox waste like Glad Wrap), compostable alternatives to things like baking paper, Meals in Steel lunchboxes, honey wrap, and many other products besides!

Zero waste cleaning products

  • Commonsense Organics, 37 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt – stocks a range of liquid cleaning products you can fill your own bottles with.
  • Bin Inn Lower Hutt, 125 Jackson St, Petone – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.

Zero waste bathroom products

  • Commonsense Organics, 37 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt – sells unpackaged Ecostore bars of soap, and Ethique products, bamboo toothbrushes and earbuds, menstrual cups, and Greencane toilet paper, which comes in a fully compostable wrapper. Also sells unpackaged beeswax, which can be used in homemade cosmetics.

Tricky Things

  • Earthlink, 25 Peterkin St – accepts various items of e-waste for recycling and safe disposal.

Kāpiti

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

  • Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu – 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), and sweets and treats. They also have a peanut butter machine. All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and tamari). Also stocks various sustainably packaged foods, including (among other things) Trade Aid’s chocolate, coffee, sugar and coconut oil, Kokako’s drinking chocolate (in compostable wrapper), and Loving Earth’s chocolate range (compostable packaging).
  • Trade Aid Kapiti, Shop 41 Coastlands Shoppingtown, Paraparaumu – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging that is compostable in a home compost! Their 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.

Zero waste drink options

  • Coffee – Look around for roasteries where you can BYO your own bags or containers to refill – places like the Dark Horse Coffee Roastery, 2 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu. Otherwise, grab Trade Aid‘s coffee in compostable packaging from Trade Aid in Petone or Commonsense Organics in Lower Hutt
  • Beer – Kāpiti is home to the famous Tuatara Brewery (7 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu), so look no further to fill up your own bottles. Though you can look further, like this list here!

Zero waste kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – sells Ecostore’s wooden dishbrush (which has a fully compostable, removeable/replaceable head), bottlewashers, Rethink NZ organic cotton bags for produce and bulk bin fills, various Munch products (Wellington-made reusable alternatives to pesky lunchbox waste like Glad Wrap), compostable alternatives to things like baking paper, Meals in Steel lunchboxes, honey wrap, and many other products besides!

Zero waste cleaning products

  • Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – stocks a range of liquid cleaning products you can fill your own bottles with.
  • Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.

Zero waste bathroom products

  • Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – sells unpackaged Ecostore bars of soap, and Ethique products, bamboo toothbrushes and earbuds, menstrual cups, and Greencane toilet paper, which comes in a fully compostable wrapper. Also sells unpackaged beeswax, which can be used in homemade cosmetics.

Tricky Things

Wairarapa

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

  • Bin Inn Masterton, 333 Queen St, Masterton – 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), and sweets and treats. They also have a peanut butter machine. All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
  • Trade Aid Masterton, 96 Queen St, Masterton – Trade Aid’s chocolate range comes in packaging that is compostable in a home compost! Their 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.
  • Four Square Martinborough, The Square, Martinborough – offers some bulk options (mostly dried fruit and nuts) and stocks Trade Aid’s chocolate bars, which come in compostable packaging.
  • Fresh Choice, Greytown, 12 Hastwell St, Greytown – offers bulk options.
  • Food Forest Organics, 101 Main St, Greytown – sells some unpackaged food and Trade Aid’s dark chocolate (which comes in a compostable wrapper).
  • C’est Cheese, 19 Fitzherbert St, Featherston – will put cheese cut from the wheel into BYO containers.
  • Baker, 33A Fitzherbert St, Featherston – sells unpackaged bread. BYO cup to get a complimentary filter coffee!
  • Loopline Olives, 91 Loop Line, Lansdowne, Opaki – refill your BYO bottles with award-winning olive oil at the olivery (also at Bin Inn Masterton or Wairarapa Farmers’ Market).
  • Fruit, veg and farmers’ markets – Wairarapa has lots of lovely markets for fresh produce and other specialty items, whether it’s the Featherston Market on a Saturday or Masterton’s Sunday Car Boot Market, just bring your own bags and containers to avoid waste! At Wairarapa Farmers’ Market, 4 Queen St North, you can get low-waste goodies (for example, Kingsmeade Artisan Cheese will put cuts from the wheel into your BYO containers, Loopline Olives allows you to do oil refills into BYO bottles, and Papa Ora sells delicious kombucha and other dips and tasty treats in glass jars and bottles),

Zero waste drink options

  • Coffee – BYO your own bags/containers to get refills of locally roasted coffee beans (whole beans or ground) at Neighbourhood Coffee, The Square, Martinborough. You can also buy unpackaged coffee beans at Bin Inn Masterton. Otherwise, grab Trade Aid‘s coffee in compostable packaging from Trade Aid in Masterton.
  • Milk – get milk from a vending machine in a reusable glass bottle (one-off purchase from the machine) at Clareville Fresh Milk, 60 Chester Rd, Clareville.

Zero waste kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Kuripuni Gift Shop, 437 Queen St, Masterton – sells various Munch products (Wellington-made reusable alternatives to pesky lunchbox waste like Glad Wrap) and Zeal silicone bowl and pan self-sealing covers (an alternative to tin foil and Glad Wrap).
  • Food Forest Organics, 101 Main St, Greytown – sells compostable alternatives to things like baking paper.

Zero waste cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Masterton, 333 Queen St, Masterton – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers with.

Zero waste bathroom products

  • Totem, Fitzherbert St, Featherston – stocks highly popular, unpackaged bars of oil soap.
  • Food Forest Organics, 101 Main St, Greytown – stocks compostable bamboo toothbrushes.

Tricky Things

  • Wairarapa Resource Centre, 8 King St, Masterton – accepts e-waste for recycling and safe disposal.
  • Fabrics – if you want to make your own honey wraps, reusable bags or cotton dishcloths, you can get cheap $2 off-cuts of fabric from Evans of Masterton, Cnr Bannister St and Dixon St, Masterton, recycled cotton yarn at The Embroidery Shop, 250 Queen St, Masterton, or reduced cotton pieces at Quilter’s Lane, 50a Queen St, Marsterton.


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