This guide covers Western Bay of Plenty District (including Katikati and Te Puke) only. For other parts of the Bay of Plenty, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Bay of Plenty homepage.
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. At the end of each district section, we also list community groups, council services and ideas for tricky waste streams in each district, so make sure you read down to that part too!
FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. THAT OFFER LOOSE ITEMS WHICH YOU CAN PUT, UNPACKAGED, INTO YOUR OWN BYO BAGS/CONTAINERS)
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!
- Indo Spice World, 163 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke – stocks a wide range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
- Khyber Food & Spices, 27 Jellicoe St, Te Puke – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
- Much More, 108 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours etc.
- Te Puna Deli, 17b Minden Road, Te Puna – stocks a range of bulk dry foods such as flour, sugar, rice, lentils, nuts, seeds and spices. You are also able to BYO container for their unpackaged deli products – including getting cuts of unpackaged cheese put into our own container!
- Vege & Spices, 38 Main Road, Katikati – stocks a range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts and seeds.
- Spice Traders, 1 Main Road, Katikati – stocks a wide range of bulk bin dried goods including spices, grains, pulses, nuts, seeds, flours, some zero waste essential items like baking soda, and a couple of vinegars in bulk. You may need to spend a bit of time here to get around the slightly random layout!
- Supermarkets – most supermarkets have bulk bin/pick and mix sections with wholefoods (BYO bags for these). However they’re pretty expensive, often more so than equivalent ingredients in packets (bah!), and frequently much pricier than the bulk bins at Indian groceries. But look out for when things in the bulk bin aisle in supermarkets are on special because sometimes you can get a good deal!
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!
- New Te Puke Seafoods, 106 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke
- Unpackaged live mussels – there are a number of stores 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 Te Puke, 12 Jocelyn Street, Te Puke.
- 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. E.g. most New Worlds, PAK’nSAVEs and Countdowns have a nationwide ban on BYO containers, but other chains might be more flexible. It’s always worth a try though!
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).
- Marigold Cafe, 93 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke
- Te Puke Bakery, 137 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke
- A4 Bakery & Cafe, 30 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke – mostly wrapped in plastic, but it is possible to get some bread without packaging.
- Most supermarkets (and even some Four Squares) stock unpackaged bread, bread rolls and/or bakery goods in their bakery section – just pop them into your BYO bags!
Markets and other low-waste goodies you might not have thought of
- Markets – No two ways about it, if you want to get a good source of unpackaged, often locally grown, produce, markets are the place to frequent! BYO bags to get fresh produce from the Katikati Plant and Produce Market, Katikati A&P Showgrounds, Waterford Road on Friday afternoons; the monthly Katikati Lions Moggies Market, Katikati War Memorial Hall, Main Road; or the monthly Te Puke Community Market, Jubilee Park, Commerce Lane. By and large, we’ve found that markets, where you can meet the grower/producer face-to-face, are really great for starting fruitful conversations about waste-free food, and developing relationships and systems that enable you to get your favourite fruit, vege and preserves without the packaging.
- Tea – you can get loose leaf black tea at Indo Spice World, 163 Jellicoe St, Te Puke.
- Milk – the only zero waste option for milk in Western BoP district is to get milk powder in bulk at Indo Spice World, 163 Jellicoe St, Te Puke; and Indian Spices & Food Shop , 27 Jellicoe St, Te Puke.
KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES
Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable metal water bottles at Xcetera, 47 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.
For reusable takeaway coffee cups, you’ll find the Keep Cup brand at Marigold Cafe, 93 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke; or the stainless steel Avanti GoCup is sold at Xcetera, 47 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.
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 Rethink produce bags at New World Te Puke, 12 Jocelyn Street, Te Puke.
We 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. Get Bianca Lorenne cotton cloths from Xcetera, 47 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.
- Spice Traders, 1 Main Road, Katikati – stocks laundry/cleaning powders in bulk bins.
- 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 most New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets – keep an eye out.
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 New World Te Puke, 12 Jocelyn Street, Te Puke.
Unpackaged Bars of Soap
Get soap without packaging at Gift-rapt, 82 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.
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! You can get Jeymar shampoo and shaving soap bars are available at Giftrapt, 82 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke
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 get most barbers to order in razors and replacement blades, so ask your local, or order online. You can get shaving brushes from Giftrapt, 82 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke (along with shaving soap bars).
- Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
- 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 Indian Spices & Food Shop, 27 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke; and Indo Spice World, 163 Jellicoe Street, Te Puke.
Tricky things, Community Groups and Supportive Networks
- Regional Waste and Recycling Directory – the Bay of Plenty Regional Council has an excellent, user friendly waste and recycling directory on their website. So if you’ve got a hard to recycle item or material (including e-waste and whiteware), find a place to recycle it here.
- Why Waste – a commercial composting solution for organic waste. Why Waste runs two separate services for businesses and households: businesses’ waste is collected and taken to a dedicated, commercial hot composting facility that can break down most organic/biodegradable items. For households, Why Waste leases (and sells) worm farms to remain on the customer’s property, so that individuals have a stake in the proper disposal of their organic waste, and learn how to use a worm farm. Leo from Why Waste will come over to check in and provide maintenance every fortnight, but day-to-day it is the leaseholder’s responsibility.
- Green waste/Garden waste – accepted for a charge at Katikati Recycling Centre, corner of Tetley and Wills Roads, and Te Puke Recycling Centre, 36 Station Road.
- The Orchard Church Repair Cafe (2nd Saturday of every month, 10:00am-12:30pm) – The Orchard Church in Te Puke runs one of the most active repair cafes in the country. Got broken household items of any sort – appliances, clothes, crockery, furniture, etc. etc.? Before you chuck them out and replace with another, see if you can get the broken item fixed by bringing it along for one of the specialists at the repair cafe to look at – there’s even an IT station for things like computers, phones, tablets etc. This is FREE and community-centred – totally awesome! If you’re a handy person with skills in repair, you can also put your name forward to help out – just head over on a repair cafe day, check it out and ask about how you can get involved.