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)

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 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 and spices), 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!
  • Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond – sells a range of spices and herbs loose in glass bulk containers (for you to fill in a byo container).
  • 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).
  • 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, dried fruit and muesli in bulk (byo bags!). You can also BYO bottle for Three Groves extra virgin olive oil on tap.
  • 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!
  • 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! They have a range of liquid foods you can refill into your own bottles, from local olive oil to hemp seed oil, local manuka honey and apple cider vinegar. 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 😉
  • 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.
  • Supermarkets – all major supermarkets (and even some smaller ones) in Tasman 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 much more so than the bulk bins at places like Beetroot or 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!

  • Beefair, 117 High Street, Motueka – byo container to this butchery to get fresh cuts of meat without the disposable plastic.
  • Raeward Fresh, Corner Champion and Salisbury Roads, Richmond – does dry aged beef unpackaged, you just need to ask whether or not they are happy to put it in your own container. They also stock Bostock’s organic chicken, of which the chicken breasts come in Econic home compostable packaging.
  • Guyton’s Fresh Seafood, Richmond Mall, cnr Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond  – unpackaged fish that you can get into a BYO container
  • 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).
  • Unpackaged live mussels – there are a few stores around Tasman 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 New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka; Countdown Motueka, 108 High Street, Motueka
  • Try your luck with 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. Some supermarkets will allow you to BYO container for these goods, while others won’t. It can be hit and miss, often depending on the staff member you talk to. It’s always worth asking though!
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).

  • Don Rodrigo Sourdough Bread, Shop 81, Richmond Mall, Corner Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond
  • The Swiss Bakery & Cafe, 237 Queen Street, Richmond
  • Mapua Village Bakery, 68 Aranui Road, Mapua
  • Patisserie Royale, 152-154 High Street, Motueka
  • Antonius European Bakery, 235 High Street, Motueka
  • The Bakery @ Wakefield, 12 Clifford Road, Wakefield – sells cheap, freshly baked bread unpackaged – byo bread bag!
  • 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!
  • 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! – 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.
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid‘s entire chocolate range comes in Econic home compostable packaging! Get it at Raeward Fresh, Corner Champion and Salisbury Roads, Richmond; Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street, Richmond; Mapua Four Square, 64 Aranui Road, Mapua; Celcius Coffee, 16 Old Wharf Road, Motueka (only small bars); Potters Patch, 188 High Street, Motueka; New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka; Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street, Richmond (along with Trade Aid sugar which comes in brown paper 2kg 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;
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth chocolate comes in home compostable packaging and you can find it at Raeward Fresh, Corner Champion and Salisbury Roads, Richmond; Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street, Richmond; Fresh Choice Richmond216 Queen Street, Richmond; Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka; Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka. Ceres Organics raw goodness bars come in Econic home compostable packaging and you can purchase these at Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka
  • Locally grown produce – Tasman’s great climate means there’s a lot of local produce available, and a lot is packaging-free! Try 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. There’s also 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… Or for delivery, look no further than 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!
  • 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.

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; and a range of herbal and black tea at Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka. 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!) so that they can be taken back for sterilisation and refill by Oaklands. 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 the various Sprig & Fern taverns dotted around the place, including at 126 Queen Street, Richmond, 54 Ellis Street, Brightwater, 67 Aranui Road, Mapua, and Wallace Street, Motueka; 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.
  • Drinking Chocolate – you can get both drinking chocolate and cocoa powder in bulk at Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond.

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 Steven’s, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Queen Street Pharmacy, 215 Queen Street, Richmond; Cool Store Gallery, 3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Delicious Homewares, 8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Darby & Joan, Mapua Wharf; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka; Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka; Zest Cooking & Living, 166 High Street, Motueka; Information Centre Murchison, 47 Waller Street, Murchison; and or H Hodgsons & Co General Store, 46 Fairfax Street, Murchison.

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

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Steven’s, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street; Java Hut, 84B Aranui Road, Mapua; Alberta’s, Mapua Wharf, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua.
  • Get NZ made Ideal Cup at Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; or 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!); Toad Hall, 502 High Street, Motueka; Celcius Coffee, 16 Old Wharf Road, Motueka.
  • Another NZ made brand, Cuppa Coffee Cup, is sold at Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street and Sweet Dreams French Bakery, 52 Fairfax Street, Murchison.
  • Even more NZ made! Stainless steel cups by SUP NZ and Moana Road are available at Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka; and Cool Store Gallery3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf.
  • Joco cups (made of glass) are sold at The Old Post Office, 1381 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere
  • Bamboo fibre reusable coffee cups are available at Queen Street Pharmacy, 215 Queen Street, Richmond and Globe Café, 152 Mapua Drive, Mapua.
  • Ceramic reusable coffee cups are available from Alberta’s, Shed 4, Mapua Wharf; Darby & Joan, Mapua Wharf; Zest Cooking & Living, 166 High Street, Motueka sells porcelain reusable takeaway coffee cups.
  • Havana reusable takeaway coffee cups are available at Rivers Café, 51 Fairfax Street, Murchison.

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 either Loot or Rethink at Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; The Old Post Office, 1381 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere; Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka; and Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka.

Reusable containers/lunch boxes

Get Indian style tiffins at Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka

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 Rabbit Island Coffee Co, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Alberta’s, Shed 4, Mapua Wharf; Zest Cooking & Living, 166 High Street, Motueka; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka

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

  • Beeswax wrap 
    • Purchase at – Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Alberta’s, Shed 4, Mapua Wharf; Cool Store Gallery, 3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Delicious Homewares, 8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; The Old Post Office, 1381 Moutere Highway, Upper Moutere; The Garden Room, 208 High Street, Motueka; Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka
    • DIY – it’s way cheaper! You just need to get natural fibre fabric (cotton) and unpackaged beeswax. Keep an eye out at secondhand stores, fabric stores or quilters for off-cuts of cotton. Get unpackaged beeswax at Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf. Or buy kits at Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get HappBee Planet Bee Fresh reusable sandwich bags made from beeswax wraps at Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond.
  • 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 @cquisitions, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Zest Cooking & Living, 166 High Street, Motueka.

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond; Steven’s, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; and Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka

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 Steven’s, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; and Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka – 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 Benge & Co Green Grocers, 186/184 Queen Street, Richmond; Daily Exchange, 14 Whitby Way, Wakefield; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; Delicious Homewares, 8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf . There’s also the Swedish Kitchen Culture brand at Zest Cooking & Living, 166 High Street, Motueka, but these are unfortunately wrapped in plastic. Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka also stock a cellulose cotton sponge cloth that is packaged in commercially compostable plant plastic.
  • 100% cotton cloths – you can get Fullcircle organic cotton dishcloths at Delicious Homewares8 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Budget 100% cotton cloths are stocked at Four Square Wakefield, 22 Edward Street, Wakefield; Kaiteriteri Store – On The Spot, Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Kaiteriteri; Four Square, 41 Fairfax Street, Murchison; or 100% cottonhand knitted dishcloths are sold at The Country Kitchen Tapawera, 96 Main Road, Tapawera.
  • Scourers – you can get coconut fibre scrubbies from Steven’s, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; and Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka
  • Fancy Bianca Lorenne cotton cloths, which can be used as dishcloths, are available at Tessa Mae’s, Mapua Village Mall, 70 Aranui Road, Mapua and Broster, 10 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf, Mapua.

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of cleaning products

  • Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond – stocks a wide range of both eco and non-eco, liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients (incl. washing soda, epsom salts, dishwash powder, laundry powders, and a range of cleaning liquids) that you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
  • Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua –  bulk refills of Goulter’s Vinegar Products‘ Citrogar Cleaner (a multipurpose cleaner) – just BYO bottles
  • 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.

Laundry

  • Eco Planet and Next Generation laundry powder both come in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! You can get one or the other (or both) from Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street; PAK ‘n SAVE Richmond MallMapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; and New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka.
  • Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka stocks Ecostore and Earthwise dishwasher and laundry powders in bulk
  • Non-plastic clothes pegs – Go Bamboo pegs available at Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka.
  • Washing soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Bin Inn Richmond271 Queen Street, Richmond.
  • White Vinegar – sold in bulk at Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka.
  • Lots of other ingredients ,like Epsom salts, soda ash and borax, are available at Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – Wellington made castile soap by Hopi are stocked at Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond. The other option is Dr Bronner’s castile bars (made in the USA), which are available at Health 2000, Richmond Mall, 216 Queen Street, Richmond; Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond; Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka

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 Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street; McGlashen Pharmacy, 227 Queen Street, Richmond; Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Queen Street Pharmacy, 215 Queen Street, Richmond; Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; One Dental, 66 Aranui Road, Mapua; Cool Store Gallery, 3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; The Food Club, The Old Store (opposite the Riverside Community Office), 6 Community Road, Lower Moutere; New World Motueka, 271 High Street, Motueka; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka; Potters Patch, 188 High Street, Motueka; Health 2000, 161 High Street, Motueka;
  • Dental Floss – Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street; Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond; Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; One Dental, 66 Aranui Road, Mapua; and all Countdown supermarkets all stock 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 all stockists listed above – just pop the refill into your original metal/glass dispenser.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Tasman. The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

Bars for Shampoo/Shaving/Deodorant/Moisturiser

We’d encourage you to get your everyday toiletries – from shampoo through to shaving soap – in bar form, which means you totally avoid the plastic/aluminium bottles that liquid products usually come in!

  • Look out for the popular Ethique range which includes shampoo bars, conditioner bars, shaving bars, deodorant bars, moisturiser bars, etc. (all of Ethique‘s bars come in home compostable packaging). We saw them at Farmers Richmond, Richmond Mall, cnr of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets.
  • Get Global Soap shave and shampoo bars from Cool Store Gallery, 3 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; Kete, 6 Aranui Road, Mapua Wharf; and Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua.
  • Vivre, 251 Queen Street, Richmond – stocks two brands of shampoo bars – Dirty Hippie and Be Natural.
  • JR Liggett’s shampoo bars are available at Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street.
  • Clean Earth Soap shampoo bars are stocked at Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka
  • Botanical Skincare, 208 High Street, Motueka makes shaving bars in store.

Reusable Menstrual Products

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

  • Menstrual cups – stocked at Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Unichem Richmond Mall Pharmacy, cnr of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets; Queen Street Pharmacy, 215 Queen Street, Richmond; PAK ‘n SAVE Richmond MallGreen World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka; Health 2000, 161 High Street, Motueka.
  • Reusable, washable pads are available at Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka.

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 at The Barber Shop, 196 High Street, Motueka.
 
Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Tasman Health & Herbs, Richmond Mall, corner of Queen, Croucher and Talbot Streets, Richmond; Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street; Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka.
  • Toilet Paper – get your hands on Greencane toilet paper (which comes in fully home compostable packaging) at Fresh Choice Richmond, 216 Queen Street or Green World Health & Lifestyle, 177 High Street, Motueka. Mapua Country Store, 151 Aranui Road, Mapua; Kaiteriteri Store – On The Spot, Sandy Bay-Marahau Road, Kaiteriteri; and Panda Express Supermarket, 67 Fairfax Street, Murchison all stock individually wrapped rolls in compostable tissue paper.
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • You can also get unpackaged beeswax from
    • 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 Bin Inn Richmond, 271 Queen Street, Richmond; and Beet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka
  • Liquid toiletries on tapBeet Root Groceries, 211 High Street, Motueka stocks Ecostore liquid bathroom products on tap (just BYO bottles!).

Golden Bay

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!

  • 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!
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!

  • 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.
  • Try your luck with 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. Some supermarkets will allow you to BYO container for these goods, while others won’t. It can be hit and miss, often depending on the staff member you talk to. For example, New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets have a flexible franchise model which means they can usually make their own in store decisions about whether to allow BYO containers or not, whereas pretty much any Countdown will not accept BYO containers. It’s always worth asking though!
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).

  • 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 🙂
  • MAD Cafe, 7 Tasman Street, Golden Bay – artisan sourdough bread.
  • 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

  • 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!
  • Trade Aid FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka stocks Trade Aid coconut oil (in a glass jar without the plastic seal around the rim), and Trade Aid chocolate which comes in Econic home compostable packaging.
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth chocolate, and Ceres Organics raw goodness bars, both come in home compostable packaging and you can find them at FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka.
  • 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

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 Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka; 

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

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 Takaka Infusion, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka.

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 either Loot or Rethink at FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka

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

  • Beeswax wrap – Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka (by Tasman Gold and Arjuna’s Wraps); Takaka Infusion, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka; Made in the Bay, 80 Commercial Street, Takaka (Arjuna’s Wraps). (PS – it’s much cheaper to make your own, you just need some natural fabric from an opshop or quilting store, and unpackaged beeswax).

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka

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. Bird’s Gift Emporium, 27 Commercial Street, Takaka – stocks cotton cloths, 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)

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!).
  • Village Market Takaka, Library car park, Takaka – Clean Earth‘s scent-free olive bar can be used as the base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here)

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 Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka; FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka;

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Golden Bay. The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

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):
  • Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka – sells Global Soap’s shaving bars
  • Artisan, 30 Commercial Street, Takaka – Global Soap‘s shampoo bars (go for the unpackaged version!)
  • Village Market Takaka, Library car park, Takaka – Clean Earth Soap makes a shampoo bar available at the market.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. Menstrual cups are stocked at Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka; Golden Bay Pharmacy, 17 Commercial Street, Takaka; FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka

Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka; FreshChoice Takaka, 13 Willow Street, Takaka;
  • Toilet Paper Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka also stocks Pacific Green individual toilet paper rolls that are wrapped in tissue paper.
  • Liquid toiletries on tap – Golden Bay Organics, 47 Commercial Street, Takaka stocks Ecostore liquid bathroom products on tap (just BYO bottles!).
  • 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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