Zero Waste in the Tasman District

Zero Waste in the Tasman District

This guide covers Tasman District businesses only. You can read more about community groups and council services in the area, or see what’s available in Nelson City here.

As Tasman stretches over a wide area, we have divided this shopping guide in two – Golden Bay, and everywhere else! So if you’re from Golden Bay – scroll down!

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.

Tasman District (excluding Golden Bay)

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

  • Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, legumes, spices, and even vanilla pods), a great range of liquid foods (including vinegars, local extra virgin olive oil and other oils, sauces, tahini, tamari 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!
  • Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street, Richmond – sells a few loose/unpackaged items, including bread, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and snacks. Also stocks Trade Aid chocolate (which is wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging) and Trade Aid sugar (which comes in brown paper bags that are great upcycled as bulk bin bags, and are home compostable when they eventually fall apart).
  • Raeward Fresh, Corner Champion and Salisbury Roads, Richmond – stocks loose mesclun, spinach and wild rocket, and bulk bins containing nuts, dried fruit and snacks. They also sell small blocks of Loving Earth and Trade Aid chocolate (both of which are wrapped in home-compostable packaging), and even have dry aged beef unpackaged – you just need to ask whether or not they are happy to put it in a byo container.
  • Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond – sells a range of spices, herbs and teas loose in glass bulk containers (for you to fill in a byo container), and also sells small bars of Loving Earth chocolate (wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging).
  • Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street, Richmond – stocks loose spinach/mesculin/salad leaves and loose organic dates. The store also sells locally made Three Groves olive oil on tap (just BYO bottle). They also stock Loving Earth and Trade Aid chocolate (both of which are wrapped in home-compostable packaging).
  • Kete, Shed 4, Mapua Wharf – sells large jars of Pic’s peanut butter which can be returned for a refill (and $5 deposit), and byo bottle for Elovi extra virgin olive oil on tap.
  • Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua – this store is currently developing their bulk section (they’re asking for feedback about what you’d like to see in bulk, so let them know!) – at the moment you can get a range of flours, nuts, seeds and dried fruit in bulk (byo bags!). You can also BYO bottle for Three Groves extra virgin olive oil on tap.
  • Mapua Four Square, 64 Aranui Road, Mapua – stocks Trade Aid chocolate (which is wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging).
  • Mapua Village Bakery, 68 Aranui Road, Mapua – sell their own freshly baked bread unpackaged.
  • The Old Post Office, 1381 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere – this beautiful little store/café/gallery is worth a visit. They stock certified organic spices in bulk, and extra virgin olive oil on tap – just byo bottles, bags and containers.
  • Tasman General Store, 387 Aporo Road, Tasman – byo bottle for Elovi extra virgin olive oil on tap.
  • The Food Club, The Old Store (opposite the Riverside Community Office), 6 Community Road, Lower Moutere – you can join this food co-op for just $36 per year and have access to a great range of organic whole foods at wholesale prices (both dried foods and liquid foods), as well as local produce and dairy products. Just byo bags/containers when you head over to stock up – it truly is amazing!
  • Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka – stocks bars of Loving Earth chocolate (which is wrapped in home-compostable packaging).
  • Celcius Coffee, 16 Old Wharf Road, Motueka ­– pick up a small block of Trade Aid chocolate (which is wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging) with your coffee.
  • Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka – a fabulous store full of bulk bins stocking nuts, cereals, snacks, seeds, grains, dried fruit, flours, pasta, spices, legumes, savoury yeast, and more! The store also has a peanut butter extruder, so BYO jar to get fresh peanut butter without the packaging! This was our one-stop shop while we were staying in Motueka 😉
  • Potters Patch, 188 High Street, Motueka – sells Trade Aid chocolate (which is wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging).
  • Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka – sells Loving Earth chocolate and Ceres Organics Raw Goodness bars (both of which are wrapped in home-compostable packaging).
  • Reddys’ Mini Mart, 113 High Street, Motueka – stocks a small range of unpackaged goods in bulk, including a few spices, breakfast cereals, sugar and flour.
  • Beefair, 117 High Street, Motueka – byo container to this butchery to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic.
  • New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka – we don’t often list supermarkets, but this New World has some low-waste goodies worth mentioning: as well as an extensive (but expensive) bulk/pick and mix section, they also sell loose fresh dates, Trade Aid chocolate (which is wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging) and live mussels – remember to byo bags and containers!
  • Countdown Motueka, 108 High Street, Motueka – sells live mussels which you can get in your own bag/container.
  • The Pulsing Patch, 412 Main Road, Riuwaka – a lovely little organic produce outlet selling only fruit, veges and preserves grown/made on site. Everything is bagged up in the store (in unsealed plastic bags), but the owner is more than happy for people to bring their own bags and containers to swap your produce into, and she’ll then reuse the plastic bag you leave behind.
  • Fresh2U Organic Food Delivery – organic, locally-grown fruit + vege boxes with NO packaging delivered to your door, anywhere in Tasman in an upcycled cardboard box! The odd item might occasionally come in plastic, if you don’t want this, simply say that you want a 100% plastic-free/packaging-free box when you set up your order and the business owner and packer, Lucy, will ensure no plastic gets in your box. If you’re looking for local, hassle-free organic produce that is zero waste, Fresh2U is absolutely one to check out!
  • PYO at 185, 185 Main Road Hope, Hope – lots of fresh, seasonal and local produce for sale here, or you can actually pick your own from the gardens! Remember to byo bags/containers for the loose stuff, and be aware there is a lot that is pre-bagged in plastic that we recommend you avoid…
  • Daily Exchange, 14 Whitby Way, Wakefield – sells a range of locally made preserves in glass jars – perhaps you can ask the makers whether they would take the jars back for reuse!
  • Four Square Wakefield, 22 Edward Street, Wakefield – has a small pick and mix/bulk section with snacks, nuts and sweets.
  • The Bakery @ Wakefield, 12 Clifford Road, Wakefield – sells cheap, freshly baked bread unpackaged – byo bread bag!
  • Information Centre Murchison, 47 Waller Street, Murchison – sells locally made preserves in glass jars – perhaps you can ask the makers whether they would take the jars back for reuse!
  • Four Square, 41 Fairfax Street, Murchison – you can get unpackaged bread rolls here in your own bags.
  • Murchison Meats, 50 Fairfax Street, Murchison – such a great, community-minded butcher! They’re very happy to put cuts of most meats into your own containers (pork/bacon is a little more difficult as it requires packaging soon after being processed). If you forget your own containers, this butcher only wraps cuts of otherwise unpackaged meat in paper, rather than plastic (but we still encourage you to BYO).
  • Tutaki Bakery, 60 Fairfax Street, Murchison – a small scale bakery in a cart that makes phenomenally good sourdough bread which you can get put straight into your own bread bag (we reckon it’s the best sourdough we’ve had in the country so far). Also makes and sells pies, slices and other bakery goods fresh and without packaging, just remember to BYO bags/containers.
  • Sweet Dreams French Bakery, 52 Fairfax Street, Murchison – makes authentic, freshly baked French bread and sells it without packaging – byo bread bag!
  • If you’re in Murchison and looking for lollies, you get them unpackaged you’re your own bags/containers at Murchison Tearooms, 48 Waller Street; H Hodgsons & Co General Store, 46 Fairfax Street; and Panda Express Supermarket, 67 Fairfax Street.
  • Markets! – get to your local markets to see if you can get locally-made food and wares unpackaged or put into your own bags and containers. Often stallholders are happy to tip their pre-packaged goods into your own containers and then they’ll keep and reuse their container. Another option is to ask if the local producer is willing to refill the container you buy when you run out, rather than you having to buy a whole new container. You’ll be amazed how willing people will be to find zero waste ways for you to get their wonderful creations. At markets, the trick is just to ask stallholders about the options because you never know what you might find – that particular stallholder might have spent the whole day wishing for a waste-conscious customer – so don’t be shy 😉 Motueka Sunday Market is one to check out (many of the stallholders also go to the Nelson Saturday Market, where we found most people were very open to doing refills of containers, or filling up BYO bags/containers). We also visited the Murchison Sunday Market and were impressed by The Herb Witch who sells bulk dried foods (grains, legumes, nuts, seeds) that are otherwise difficult to get in Murchison without plastic. Unfortunately she cannot put these into BYO bags and containers, but she pre-packs them into brown paper bags that have no plastic lining, so they are home compostable.

Drink options

  • Coffee – Tasman has a number coffee roasters and vendors selling whole or ground coffee beans loose who are more than happy to put these into your own bags and containers, you just need to ask for this instead of buying the pre-packed versions. In Richmond head to Up Coffee at Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street, for freshly and locally roasted coffee, or as an alternative you can get coffee beans at Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street. In Mapua, there’s the boutique roaster Rabbit Island Coffee Co at Mapua Wharf, 6 Aranui Road, who encourage customers to byo bags/containers for their coffee (you’ll also get a discount when you BYO). Motueka has Celcius Coffee, 16 Old Wharf Road, who love people to BYO bags/containers, and they also package their large packs in Econic home-compostable packaging if you do forget your bags; The Grind Coffee Roasters, 400 High Street will put coffee in your own bags/containers (you can also call Lance, the roaster, to arrange to pick-up beans in your own bags/containers from the roastery itself, located near Tasman village); and New World Motueka, 271 High Street, which stocks a range of coffee beans, including local, organic and fairtrade varieties in bulk which you can put in your own bags/containers (though, they charge more for the coffee beans in bulk than they do for the packaged varieties, which we think this is ridiculous, so would encourage you to go direct to the roasters instead of the supermarket). If you’re into instant coffee, Trade Aid‘s instant comes in Econic home compostable packaging, and New World Motueka, 217 High Street, stocks it.
  • Tea – You can get loose leaf teas in bulk from Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond, which sells mainly herbal teas. The Herb Witch at the Murchison Sunday Market also sells tea in her HANDMADE plastic-free teabags (incredible). These are pre-packed in brown paper bags (with no plastic lining, so they are home compostable).
  • Milk – how to get milk without the plastic bottles they usually come in? You just need to live in Nelson/Tasman, there are so many options! The most obvious option is Oaklands Milk, which you can get at a vending machine in reusable glass bottles in Richmond, at Raeward Fresh, Corner Champion and Salisbury Roads, or Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street. Oaklands also does a (glass) bottle swap system where you can just bring your empties back (and get a discount!). You can get milk this way at Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street, Richmond; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road; Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka; and Mrs Smith’s Café & Vegetables, 524 Main Road, Riuwaka. If for whatever reason you cannot make it to any of these spots, Milk & More deliver Oaklands milk in glass bottles throughout the Tasman district (except Golden Bay and Murchison) and will take back your empties for refill when delivering you fresh ones. If you prefer raw (unpasteurized) milk, head to the vending machine system at Riverside Milk, at the Riverside community, where you also use reusable glass bottles – only $2.50/l. If you’re looking for alternative, non-dairy milks without the annoying Tetra-Paks, try V & V Barista Blend mylk butter (which comes in glass jars) which you can buy at Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka – just whisk a spoonful of the paste with water and voila!
  • Beer – look for places that sell beer on tap and BYO flagon/bottle to fill up. Some great places that we came across that offer this option are Eddyline Brewery, 8 Champion Road, Richmond; Golden Beer Brewing Company, 501/6 Aranui Road, Mapua; The Moutere Inn, 1406 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere (which has lots of amazing beer – even Speights and Tui – on tap which you can get takeaway in any kind of bottle you like); Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka; Hop Federation, 483 Main Road, Riuwaka; Super Liquor Golden Bay, 15 Commercial Street, Takaka (which has both craft and cheap stuff); and Liquorland Golden Bay, 5 Motupipi Street, Takaka (which is very cheap, and also sells cider on tap).
  • Drinking Chocolate – you can get both drinking chocolate and cocoa powder in bulk at Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond. In Takaka, Golden Bay Organics, 5 Motupipi Street, sells organic drinking chocolate and Aztec hot chocolate powder in bulk.
  • Kombucha Mama Zing, made in Golden Bay, sells refillable bottles of kombucha. If you live in Golden Bay, you can even bring back your empties for Mama Zing to refill and get a 50c deposit back (at the Takaka market or select retail outlets).

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • @quisitions, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond – sells silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to plastic cling wrap and tin foil).
  • Steven’s, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond – sells Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups, metal water bottles, and dishbrushes (made from wood and plant fibre) with replaceable, home compostable heads.
  • Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street – sells Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street, Richmond – sells Spruce 100% cellulose and cotton dishcloth sponges that are home compostable when they reach the end of their life.
  • Daily Exchange, 14 Whitby Way, Wakefield – sells Wet It 100% cellulose and cotton dishcloth sponges that are home compostable when they reach the end of their life.
  • Four Square Wakefield, 22 Edward Street, Wakefield – sells Budget 100% cotton cloths.
  • Tessa Mae’s, Mapua Village Mall, 70 Aranui Road, Mapua – stocks Bianca Lorenne cotton washcloths that can be used as a dishcloth.
  • Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua – stocks organic cotton Loot Bags reusable produce/bulk bin bags, Spruce 100% cotton and cellulose cotton dishcloth sponges that are home compostable when they reach the end of their life, and Ideal Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • Globe Café, 152 Mapua Drive, Mapua – sells reusable takeaway coffee cups made of bamboo fibre.
  • Java Hut, 84B Aranui Road, Mapua – sells Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups
  • Alberta’s, Mapua Wharf, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua – sells Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups
  • Rabbit Island Coffee Co, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf – sells reusable metal straws (with straw cleaners).
  • Broster, 10 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Mapua – stocks Bianca Lorenne cotton washcloths that can be used as a dishcloth.
  • Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf – sells locally made beeswax wraps, as well as unpackaged beeswax that you can use to make your own wraps.
  • Cool Store Gallery, 3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf – sells Honeywrap beeswax wraps and reusable metal water bottles.
  • Delicious Homewares, 8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf – sells Wet It 100% cellulose and cotton dishcloth sponges that are home compostable when they reach the end of their life, silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to plastic cling wrap and tin foil), reusable water bottles (plastic & metal), and Bee’s Wrap beeswax wraps (although they’re from Vermont, so we’d encourage you to buy locally made ones!).
  • Jester House, 320 Aporo Road, Tasman Village – this café is a well worth a visit if you’re in the area. Great food and coffee, and the gardens are a magical wonderland! If you stop in, you can also pick up Ideal Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • The Old Post Office, 1381 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere – sells Rethink produce + string bags, Joco reusable takeaway coffee cups, Honeywrap beeswax wraps and beeswax candles (which you can use to make your own wraps).
  • Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka – sells beeswax candles (which you can use to make your own beeswax wraps), and Ideal Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • Celcius Coffee, 16 Old Wharf Road, Motueka ­– sells Ideal Cup (NZ-made reusable takeaway coffee cups).
  • The Garden Room, 208 High Street, Motueka – sells Bee’s Wrap beeswax wraps (though these or made in Vermont, USA, so go for locally made!) and Weck airtight and heat resistant jars.
  • Potters Patch, 188 High Street, Motueka – stocks local beeswax candles (which you can use to make your own beeswax wraps).
  • Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka – sells locally made beeswax wraps, reusable metal water bottles, and Loot Bags reusable produce/bulk bin bags
  • Zest Cooking & Living, 166 High Street, Motueka – silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to plastic cling wrap and tin foil), reusable metal straws, porcelain reusable takeaway coffee cups, reusable metal water bottles and Swedish Kitchen Culture cellulose and cotton dishcloth sponges that are home compostable when they reach the end of their life (but which are unfortunately wrapped in plastic).
  • Kaiteriteri Store – On The Spot, Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Kaiteriteri – sells Budget 100% cotton dishcloths.
  • The Country Kitchen Tapawera, 96 Main Road, Tapawera – sells locally hand-made cotton dish cloths.
  • Four Square, 41 Fairfax Street, Murchison – sells Budget 100% cotton dish cloths.
  • Looking for a reusable metal water bottle in Murchison? Get one from either the Information Centre Murchison, 47 Waller Street, or H Hodgsons & Co General Store, 46 Fairfax Street.
  • Rivers Café, 51 Fairfax Street, Murchison – sells Havana reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Sweet Dreams French Bakery, 52 Fairfax Street, Murchison – sells Cuppa Coffee Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.

Cleaning products

  • Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond – stocks Hopi bars of castile soap (packaged only in a brown cardboard box) which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • Health 2000, Richmond Mall, 216 Queen Street, Richmond – sells bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients (incl. washing soda, epsom salts, dishwash powder, eco and chemical laundry powders, and a range of cleaning liquids) that you can fill your own bottles and containers with. They also sell bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua – sells Eco Planet laundry powder (which comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining!), bulk refills of Goulter’s Vinegar Products‘ Citrogar Cleaner (a multipurpose cleaner) – just BYO bottles, and Go Bamboo wooden clothes pegs.
  • Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka – you can get a few EcoStore liquid refills in your own bottle/container here, including laundry liquid, multipurpose cleaner and toilet cleaner.
  • Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka – sells Go Bamboo wooden clothes pegs, and bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka – stocks Eco Planet and Next Generation laundry powder (which both come in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining!)

Bathroom products

  • @quisitions, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond – sells bars of unpackaged soap.
  • McGlashen Pharmacy, 227 Queen Street, Richmond – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond – sells bars of unpackaged soap.
  • Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond – stocks Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds and toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and menstrual cups.
  • Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua – sells bars of unpackaged soap, toilet paper that is individually wrapped in compostable tissue paper, and Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles and home compostable cotton buds.
  • Broster, 10 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Mapua – sells large unpackaged soap blocks.
  • Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf – stocks Do Gooder Ecobrush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles as well as Do Gooder ecofloss in a refillable glass tube with a screw on metal lid – NOTE: the WHITE floss is made of 100% silk and is home compostable. The BLACK floss, labelled as made of bamboo and activated charcoal, has a polyester (i.e. plastic) base in the floss, so is not home compostable and must be sent to landfill (the dispenser is still refillable though). Do Gooder is an initiative started by Nelson-based dentist, Nicky Francis.
  • One Dental, 66 Aranui Road, Mapua – stocks Do Gooder toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles as well as Do Gooder floss in a refillable glass tube with a screw on metal lid – NOTE: the WHITE floss is made of 100% silk and is home compostable. The BLACK floss, labelled as made of bamboo and activated charcoal, has a polyester (i.e. plastic) base in the floss, so is not home compostable and must be sent to landfill (the dispenser is still refillable though). Do Gooder is an initiative started by Nelson-based dentist, Nicky Francis.
  • Cool Store Gallery, 3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf – sells a range of unpackaged bars of soap, including Global Soap shave and shampoo bars, and also sells Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Michael MacMillan Sculptor & Country Homeware, 252 Neudorf Road, Upper Moutere – if you happen to be/live in this neck of the woods, you can find here: Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, paper wrapped bars of soap, and coconut balm in small glass jars with an aluminium lid which would be great to upcycle.
  • The Food Club, The Old Store (opposite the Riverside Community Office), 6 Community Road, Lower Moutere – if you’ve joined this food co-op, FYI that they also stock Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka – sells epsom salts in their bulk bins, and also stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, and home compostable cotton buds.
  • Botanical Skincare, 208 High Street, Motueka – makes and sells many types of unpackaged bars of soap (including shaving bars), bath bombs (just avoid the ones with glitter) and bath salts.
  • The Barber Shop, 196 High Street, Motueka – sells reusable metal razors and replacement metal blades (although the replacement blades come in plastic so you may want to get the blade refills elsewhere).
  • Potters Patch, 188 High Street, Motueka – stocks Humble Brush toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles.
  • Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka – sells Greencane toilet paper & tissues (that is wrapped in home compostable packaging), unpackaged bars of soap, as well as washable menstrual pads and menstrual cups, and reusable breast pads.
  • Floral Affaire, 166 High Street, Motueka – sells unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Health 2000, 161 High Street, Motueka – stocks Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles and menstrual cups.
  • Kaiteriteri Store – On The Spot, Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Kaiteriteri – sells individual toilet paper rolls that are wrapped in tissue paper.
  • The Country Kitchen Tapawera, 96 Main Road, Tapawera – sells The Crafty Chook’s amazingly creative unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Information Centre Murchison, 47 Waller Street, Murchison – sells locally made unpackaged bars of soap.
  • Panda Express Supermarket, 67 Fairfax Street, Murchison – sells individual toilet paper rolls wrapped in tissue paper.

Golden Bay

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

  • Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka – Takaka is sorted for all its bulk food needs at this friendly, local co-op/store! They stock a huge range of foods in bulk bins, including spices, fresh dates, nuts, grains, flours, dried fruit, legumes, cereal/muesli, seeds, psyllium hulls, slippery elm, salt, spirulina, seaweed, and more! There are also many types of liquid foods you can refill your own bottle/jar/container with, such as nut butters, oils, tamari, vinegars, tahini, syrups, miso paste, and umeboshi paste + vinegar. They also stock Trade Aid chocolate and Ceres Organics Raw Goodness bars (both of which are wrapped in Econic home-compostable packaging).
  • FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka – as far as supermarkets go, this one has some good options. Their pick and mix/bulk bin section has a standard selection for a large supermarket (including nuts, seeds, legumes, grains, dried fruit, snacks, lollies, as well as rarer products like almond meal and savoury/nutritional yeast flakes), and the prices are relatively low – especially if there are some on special! Also stocks bread and bakery goods loose, Trade Aid coconut oil (in a glass jar without the plastic rim sealer), and Ceres Organics Raw Goodness bars, Loving Earth chocolate, and Trade Aid chocolate (all of which are wrapped in home-compostable packaging).
  • Takaka Infusion, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka – here you can find beautiful artisan handmade European breads (probably the best rye/spelt sourdough we’ve had!) without the packaging – just byo bread bags 🙂
  • De-lish Delicatessen, Shop 2, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells flash cheese off the round – just ask for how much you want and byo container. Also sells unpackaged sweets.
  • Village Market Takaka, Library car park, Takaka – a great market for all manner of food, arts, crafts, clothes and more. Just have a chat with the stallholder to see how you can get their product without the packaging. Some low waste things to note are the unpackaged fresh produce (cheap avocados!), Kervella cheese off the round, and local olive oil refills – as always, byo bags, bottles and containers!
  • Choco Loco, 47b Commercial Street, Takaka – sells artisan chocolates and truffles unpackaged (so just byo container) or in a cardboard giftbox.
  • The Top shop Dairy & Takeaways, 4 Willow Street, Takaka – sells loose lollies (byo bags/containers).

Drink options

  • Coffee – Look out for coffee roasters and vendors that sell whole or ground coffee beans loose which you can get in your own bag/container. In Takaka, you can get locally roasted beans at TLC (The Little Café), 65a Commercial Street and Wholemeal Café60 Commercial Street. Looks like there’s also a roaster called Tonic that may well do this too, but we had trouble tracking them down to ask (can anyone help with this?!). If you’re into instant coffee, Trade Aid’s instant comes in Econic home compostable packaging, which you find at Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, or at FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street.
  • Tea – you can get loose leaf teas in bulk from Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka. They also sell loose teabags as well (just ask at the counter to check that that particular brand of teabag doesn’t have plastic in it!)
  • Milk – how to get milk without the plastic bottles they usually come in? Your best bet is to get your milk from Village Milk, 472 Abel Tasman Drive, Clifton, where you can get milk from a vending machine in reusable glass bottles. Yay!
  • Beer – look for places that sell beer on tap and BYO flagon/bottle to fill up. Some great places that we came across that offer this option are Super Liquor Golden Bay, 15 Commercial Street, Takaka (which has both craft and cheap stuff); and Liquorland Golden Bay, 5 Motupipi Street, Takaka (which is very cheap, and also sells cider on tap).
  • Drinking Chocolate – you can get organic drinking chocolate and Aztec hot chocolate powder in bulk from Golden Bay Organics, 5 Motupipi Street, Takaka.
  • Kombucha – Mama Zingmade in Golden Bay, sells refillable bottles of kombucha. Bring your empty bottle to the Takaka market or select retail outlets for refill and get a 50c deposit back.

Kitchen/food packaging alternatives

  • Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells reusable metal water bottles, dishbrushes (made from wood and plant fibre) with replaceable, home compostable heads, and locally-made beeswax wraps (by Tasman Gold and Arjuna’s Wraps).
  • Bird’s Gift Emporium, 27 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells cotton cloths, reusable takeaway coffee cups, and Swedish Kitchen Culture cellulose and cotton dishcloth sponges that are home compostable when they reach the end of their life (but which are unfortunately wrapped in plastic)
  • FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka – sells Rethink produce + string bags made from 100% organic cotton.
  • Takaka Infusion, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells Honeywrap beeswax wraps, beeswax candles (which you can use to make your own beeswax wraps), Joco reusable takeaway coffee cups, and reusable metal straws.
  • De-lish Delicatessen, Shop 2, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells Keep Cup reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Made in the Bay, 80 Commercial Street, Takaka – stocks Arjuna’s Wraps beeswax wraps.

Cleaning products

  • Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka – stocks epsom salts unpackaged in bulk, Eco Store cleaning products that you can refill into your own bottles/containers, Go Bamboo pegs, and bars of Dr Bronner’s castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here).
  • FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka – stocks Eco Planet laundry powder (which comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining!).

Bathroom products

  • Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells Global Soap’s shaving bars, Go Bamboo home compostable cotton buds and toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles, Pacific Green individual toilet paper rolls that are wrapped in tissue paper, unpackaged soap by Clean Earth Soap, and menstrual cups.
  • Bird’s Gift Emporium, 27 Commercial Street, Takaka – stocks unpackaged soap.
  • Golden Bay Pharmacy, 17 Commercial Street, Takaka – stocks menstrual cups.
  • FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka – this is the first supermarket we have seen that stocks Menstrual cups – yay! They also stock Go Bamboo toothbrushes with wooden, home compostable handles and home compostable cotton buds.
  • Artisan, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells unpackaged and felted soaps, incl. Global Soap‘s shampoo bars (go for the unpackaged version!).
  • Village Market Takaka, Library car park, Takaka – get your locally made unpackaged soap at the market, including from Clean Earth Soap. Note, that Clean Earth‘s scent-free olive bar can be used as the base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here), and they also make a shampoo bar, so you can avoid the plastic bottles of shampoo!
  • Legit Lotionz – an enterprise started by two young locals, Lily and Abbie, who make delicious, 100% natural, handmade lotions in Golden Bay. They’re really into reducing environmental impact and will talk to you about sustainably packaging your product. They’re also working on getting refillable containers so that you can send your empties back to them for a refill. Yay! Order from them through their instagram page.


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