Zero Waste in Wellington City

Zero Waste in Wellington City

This guide covers Wellington City only. For other parts of the Greater Wellington Region, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Greater Wellington Region 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!

Wellington City

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!

  • 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, legumes, herbs and spices), 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). 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.
  • Nude Grocer – a NZ-first zero waste delivery service of pantry staples (yes, that’s right!). If you sign up to Nude Grocer you can have pantry staples (from grains, spices, legumes, pasta through to syrups, oils and vinegars) delivered to your door in reusable glass jars (and the jars are transported in locally-made Boomerang Bags, whoop!). You simply purchase a set of Nude Grocer’s glass jars the first time you order for your delivery to come in. Transfer the contents to your own containers in your pantry, and leave the glass jars out for Nude Grocer to pick up and refill again – woah! Apart from pantry staples and wholefoods, Nude Grocer can also deliver unpackaged produce to your door, locally baked bread in brown paper bags, and as they’re always adding new suppliers to their list, keep checking back for new items 🙂 To see the complete list of goodies you can order without the waste, check out their website. They deliver throughout Wellington City and as far as Porirua on the west, through the Hutt Valley to Upper Hutt, and as far East as Eastbourne and Wainuiomata.
  • 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!
  • Silk Route Spices, 236 Riddiford Street, Newtown – stocks a decent range of legumes, as well some peanuts and rice, in bulk bins.
  • 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 – most things are packaged in this small specialty shop, but they have 3 small bulk bins containing vitamin b12-enriched nutritional/savoury yeast, textured vegetable protein (tvp) and vital wheat gluten. There are also unpackaged vegan lollies in stock, just BYO bag/jar!
  • 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. 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!
  • Indian Spice Land, 189b Willis Street, Wellington CBD – most of what is in this store is packaged, but you can get rice and flour from bulk bins here.
  • Yan’s Supermarket, 28-30 Hopper St, Wellington – sells loose egg noodle nests.
  • Harriet and George Organic Produce and Wholefoods, 5 Collins Avenue, Linden – get tamari on tap into BYO bottle here.
  • Urban, Johnsonville Shopping Centre – unpackaged fudge, woohoo (BYO container)!
  • Narayan Spices n Food, 10/6 McMillan Court, Newlands – stocks a good selection of bulk bin spices, condiments, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, just BYO bags!
  • Payal’s Spice Mart, 199 Main Road, Tawa – stocks a small selection of spices and condiments in bulk bins.
  • Himalayan Herbs and Spices, 172 Main Road, Tawa – stocks lots of legumes in bulk bins. Potentially storekeepers could be asked about expanding their bulk bin range as a lot of other items (such as spices) are clearly packed in-store into little plastic bags. They may even be able to fill your own containers from the storeroom out back
  • Supermarkets – all major supermarkets in Wellington 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 more so than the bulk bins at places like Commonsense Organics or Moshim’s.
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!

  • Preston’s Master ButchersTorrens Terrace, Wellington – happy to put unpackaged cuts of meat into a BYO container (in fact, encourage it), but they do note that once something has been placed in a container, it can’t be taken out again (so no changing your mind about the weight you want at the last minute!!)
  • Cameron Harrison Butchery, 4A Crofton Rd, Ngaio and 95 Upland Road, Kelburn
  • Wellington Sea Market, 220 Cuba Street, Wellington City
  • Wellington Halal Meat Limited, 160 Riddiford Street, Newtown
  • Newtown’s Fresh Halal Meat, 155A Riddiford Street, Newtown
  • The Mediterranean Food Warehouse, 42 Constable St, Newtown, Wellington – BYO containers for the deli food, ranging from savoury treats, like olives and pesto, through to sweet delicacies, like turkish delight and very fancy chocolate. Mmm…
  • Island Bay Butchery, 127 The Parade, Island Bay
  • Strathmore Butchery, 506 Broadway, Strathmore Park
  • Johnsonville Fish Supply, 11 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville
  • Unpackaged live mussels – there are a few stores around town that stock unpackaged live mussels at self-serve counters. We put them straight into upcycled ice cream containers/BYO containers rather than the plastic bags the stores usually provide. You can find unpackaged live mussels at PAK’nSAVE Kilbirnie, 98 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie; New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon; New World Newlands, Cnr Newlands Road and Bracken Road, Newlands.
  • 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).

  • Leeds Street Bakery, Unit 6/g, 14 Leeds Street, Wellington
  • Arobake, 83 Aro Street, Aro Valley, Wellington
  • Pandoro, 2 Allen Street, Wellington CBD; 89 Willis Street, Wellington CBD, 14 Woodward Street, Wellington CBD
  • Prefab, 14 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington
  • V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro – stocks unpackaged vegan pies, cakes and slices, just BYO bag/container.
  • Bordeaux Bakery, 220 Thorndon Quay, Pipitea
  • Brezelmania – German Bakery, 90 Upland Road, Kelburn
  • Hataitai Bakery, 8 Moxham Avenue, Hataitai
  • Nada Bakery, 64 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville
  • 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 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. 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. Many of the Wellington markets have local producers of pre-made foods like tofu, noodles, preserves etc. Have a chat to see if you can leave containers with the stall holders for them to fill with your desired product for you to pick up from them the following week, or if the stallholder uses glass jars for packaging, ask whether they will take their empty glass jars back for sterilisation and reuse.
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid‘s entire chocolate range comes in Econic home compostable packaging! Their 2kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are home 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. You can get all these products at Trade Aid, 82B Victoria St, Wellington CBD, but there are several other stockists of these products around Wellington too: Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville stocks the chocolate, sugar and coconut oil; and New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington, and New World Tawa, 35 Oxford Street, Tawa stock the Trade Aid chocolate bars.
  • Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth chocolate comes in home compostable packaging and you can find it at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Four Square Kelburn, 97 Upland Road, Kelburn; V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro; New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; and New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon. Ceres Organics raw goodness bars come in Econic home compostable packaging and you can purchase these at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville.

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Coffee -Wherever possible, we recommend looking out for places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged, and bringing your own bag and container to fill. You can do this at Raglan Roast, 40 Abel Smith Street, Wellington; Chaffers Dock, 18 Herd Street, Wellington; 12 Holland Street, Wellington (who are not only happy to put freshly ground beans into your BYO container, but for $10 you will get 200g of beans, as well as a regular coffee). You can also get fresh coffee beans whole or ground into BYO containers at Havana Coffee Works, 163 Tory Street, Wellington; Midnight Espresso, 178 Cuba Street, Wellington; New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon; and the Wellington City Commonsense Organics (260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro). Alternatively, if you are into instant coffee, Trade Aid‘s instant coffee comes in Econic home compostable packaging – you can find this at Trade Aid, 82B Victoria St, Wellington CBD; all Commonsense Organics stores; New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; and New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon.
  • Tea – for the best range of different loose tea leaves in bulk, head to The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD. The Kilbirnie Commonsense Organics store (37 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie) stocks a selection of loose tea leaves in bulk too. Moshim’s Foodmart, 2-6 Wilson Street, Newtown, sells loose black tea leaves in bulk.
  • Drinking Chocolate – your best bet is to go to any Commonsense Organics store and get Kokako drinking chocolate which comes in Econic home compostable packaging. Moshim’s Foodmart also stocks cocoa powder.
  • Milk – watch this space as word on the street is that milk will soon be available in Wellington in reusable glass bottles :-O In the meantime, your best option for zero waste cow’s milk is to look into MannaMilk, which is a raw milk company delivering raw milk all across the Lower North Island, including drop-off points throughout Wellington. The milk is delivered in single-use plastic bottles, which isn’t zero waste. HOWEVER, you can request that the milk be dropped-off in a reusable 10L pail, which you can pour into BYO bottles. As this is a large quantity of milk, you can either get a lot and freeze some, or go in with a group of others and share the milk and the cost between you. You can see MannaMilk’s delivery routes, days and drop-off points here. Otherwise, you can get milk powder from the bulk bins at Moshim’s Foodmart, 2-6 Wilson Street, Newtown and turn that into milk at home. If you aren’t a dairy drinker, did you know that Havana Bros Bake House, The BakeHouse 2/19 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington sells almond mylk in reusable glass bottles? Simply return the bottle when it’s empty and they’ll sterilise and reuse it, so the bottles can go around and around (yay!) – they are actually so short of their empties that they have had to resort to plastic bottles, so make sure you do return any glass bottles! You can also find this almond mylk at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville.
  • 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! There are also various bars that have off-licences so you can get beer straight from the bar taps into a flagon/bottle/rigger, such as Hashigo Zake, Basement/25 Taranaki Street, Wellington City; and Waitoa Social Club, 32 Waitoa Road, Hataitai.
  • Other – find apple juice on tap (subject to availability) at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville. Havana Bros Bake House, The BakeHouse 2/19 Arthur Street, Te Aro, Wellington, sell all manner of juices in glass bottles that, once empty, can be returned to them for sterilisation and reuse (yay!) – they are actual so short of their empties that they have had to resort to plastic bottles, so make sure you return any that you have! You can also find these products at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville.

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 Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD (metal); 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville (metal); Iko Iko, 118 Cuba Street, Te Aro (metal); Vessel, 87 Victoria Street, Wellington CBD (metal); Wellworks Pharmacy, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington (metal); Tea Pea22 Ganges Road, Khandallah; The Gift Shack, 4/210 Main Road, Tawa (metal).

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

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; The Mediterranean Food Warehouse, 42 Constable St, Newtown, Wellington; and Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington.
  • Get the NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at Made-It, 103 Victoria Street, Wellington CBD; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; and Village Green14 Ganges Road, Khandallah.
  • Get the made in Hutt Valley Ideal Cups at Wellworks Pharmacy, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington.
  • Get the very leak proof Frank Green cups at Iko Iko, 118 Cuba Street, Te Aro; and The Sugar Trade, 14 Collins Avenue, Linden.
  • The Joco brand at Coffee 86, 86 Lambton Quay, Wellington; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; and The Gift Shack, 4/210 Main Road, Tawa.

Reusable lunch boxes/containers

Reusable lunch boxes or containers are great to have on you when you’re out and about in case you want to get takeaways, to carry leftovers home with you, or if you find food to forage. You can get Meals in Steel stainless steel lunchboxes and food containers at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; and Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington. Gentleman’s Hardware aluminium reusable lunch tins can be purchased at Tea Pea, 22 Ganges Road, Khandallah. If you’re after a cutlery wallet to keep your reusable cutlery set in while out and about, you can find locally-made ones by Waste-ed at Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington.

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. For a great range of locally-made and/or 100% organic cotton produce and bulk bin bags check out Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington. Otherwise, you can get 100% organic cotton produce and/or bulk bin bags by either Loot or Rethink at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; and Natty, 476 Adelaide Road, Berhampore. V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro stocks locally made bulk bin bags by What the Vegan.  For an alternative to a plastic shopping bag, get locally-made Boomerang Bags from Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington.

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 Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; and The Gift Shack, 4/210 Main Road, Tawa.

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

  • Beeswax wrap – available at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville (the Munch brand); Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington (Lily Bee Wrap brand); Iko Iko, 118 Cuba Street, Te Aro (Munch brand); Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD (Honeywrap brand); Natty, 476 Adelaide Road, Berhampore; and The Gift Shack, 4/210 Main Road, Tawa. You can also make your own beeswax wraps! You just need to get natural fibre fabric (cotton) and unpackaged beeswax. Keep an eye out at secondhand stores and fabric stores for off-cuts of cotton, or see if you can get some upcycled natural fibre fabric from Vinnies Re Sew, Mezzanine Level, St Vincent De Paul’s, 32 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie or see whether there’s anything appropriate in the reject fabric bundles from the Curtain Bank (0n sale at Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington). Get unpackaged beeswax at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; 02b Healthy, 7 Johnsonville Road, Johnsonville; and The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Munch reusable sandwich bags and/or wraps from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; and Zealandia Store, 53 Waiapu Rd, Kārori.
  • 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 Vessel, 87 Victoria Street, Wellington CBD.

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; and Vessel, 87 Victoria Street, Wellington CBD. Meanwhile, Vessel, 87 Victoria Street, Wellington CBD; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington. Also, both Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD and Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville stock wooden veggie brushes with plant fibre bristles which can also be used as dishbrushes (they just don’t have a handle) – as they 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 Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; and Natty, 476 Adelaide Road, Berhampore.
  • At Tea Pea, 22 Ganges Road, Khandallah you can get the fancy Bianca Lorenne cotton dishcloths.
  • Alternatively, find 100% cotton cloths that can be used as dishcloths at The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD (subject to availability as they are handknitted by a local) ; Vessel, 87 Victoria Street, Wellington CBD; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington (also stocks 100% cotton/rayon cloths); and Tea Pea, 22 Ganges Road, Khandallah.
  • If you’re after a coarser scrubby, you can get 100% coconut fibre coarse scrubby from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville.
  • You can also order lovely 100% organic cotton dishcloths from Vida Textiles. They’re based in Brooklyn, Wellington and are happy for you to arrange a time with them to pick up your order yourself (to save on postage 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. Also stocks bamboo clothes pegs with a metal spring mechanism.
  • Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington – stocks bamboo pegs with a metal spring mechanism.
  • Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington –  stocks a range of Ecostore liquid cleaning products on tap that you can refill your own bottles with.
  • Four Square Kelburn, 97 Upland Road, Kelburn – stocks locally-made castille soap by Hopi, which can be used as a base for homemade cleaning products (see how it works here).
  • Nude Grocer – a NZ-first zero waste delivery service (see the description in the food section above). They also deliver refills of cleaning products in reusable glass bottles.
  • 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 New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon; New World Newtown, 195 Riddiford Street, Newtown; Pak’nSave Kilbirnie, 98 Rongotai Road, Kilbirnie; Four Square Hataitai, 1 Moxham Avenue, Hataitai; New World Newlands, corner of Newlands Road and Bracken Road, Newlands; and New World Tawa, 35 Oxford Street, Tawa.
  • Ingredients for homemade cleaning products – you can get white vinegar on tap from Commonsense Organics, baking soda in bulk bins from Moshim’s Foodmart and refills of essential oils from The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBCBD.
  • New World Tawa, 35 Oxford Street, Tawa – stocks bamboo/wooden clothes pegs with a metal spring mechanism.

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 Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD; Foursquare Kelburn, 97 Upland Road, Kelburn; New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro; New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; and Wellworks Pharmacy, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington.
  • Dental Floss – Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; and Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington 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 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 paper bag from all stockists listed above – just pop the refill into your original metal/glass dispenser. The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD stocks The Eco Floss in a glass dispenser. The floss is PLA, which is compostable. Sometimes PLA can’t be hard to break down in a home compost but in floss form it is probably OK. This is a good alternative for vegans who may not want to use silk floss.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

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

  • Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville
  • Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington
  • The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD
  • Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington
  • Koru Hub, 118 The Parade, Island Bay
  • Village Green14 Ganges Road, Khandallah
  • The Gift Shack, 4/210 Main Road, Tawa

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): Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; Wellworks Pharmacy, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington; and Farmers, 206-218 Lambton Quay; and 46-54 Bay Road, Kilbirnie.
  • If you’re into an all-in-one bar, you can get the Global Soap Shave, Shampoo and Body bar made with beer (:-D) from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; and Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington.
  • You can get shampoo and shaving bars by Marlborough company Jeymar Soap & Body from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville.
  • Get Dunedin-made Pitstop Power deodorant bars in a home compostable cardboard box + home compostable baking paper at Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington (you can buy a plastic refillable tube of this brand first time off, but we reckon it’s unnecessary and a bar alone does just fine!)

Reusable Menstrual Products

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

  • Menstrual cups – stocked at Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro; Unichem Cuba Mall, 122 Cuba Mall, Wellington; Madame Fancy Pants, 225 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; Wellworks Pharmacy, 75 Taranaki Street, Wellington; New World Wellington City, 279 Wakefield Street, Wellington; and New World Thorndon, 150 Molesworth Street, Thorndon.
  • Reusable, washable pads are available at Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington.
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, replacement blades, shaving brushes, and even leather strops from  Lambert’s Luscious Men’s Grooming Specialists, Shop 214, Left Bank, 116 Cuba Street, Wellington. Or else if you’re just after a shaving brush, you can also get these from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD; Cre8tiveworx, 217 Cuba Street, Wellington CBD; or Newlands Pharmacy, 33 McMillan Court, Newlands.
 
Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Sustainability Trust‘s EcoShop, 2 Forrester’s Lane, Te Aro, Wellington; V1 Vegan Store, 207 Cuba Street, Te Aro; Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington; and Foursquare Kelburn, 97 Upland Road, Kelburn.
  • Toilet Paper – Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville stocks Greencane toilet paper (which comes in fully home compostable packaging)
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD store stocks a lot of unpackaged, base ingredients that can be used for making your own cosmetics including refill options for oils (such as almond oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, etc.), organic essential oils, beeswax, cacao butter, epsom salts, and a large range of clays. Just BYO bottles and containers and ask for them to be filled!
    • You can also get unpackaged beeswax from Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; and 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville; Made Marion Craft, 100 Tory St, Te Aro; The Wellington Apothecary, 110a Cuba Mall, Wellington CBD
    • 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 Moshim’s Foodmart, 2-6 Wilson Street, Newtown, or order it through Nude Grocer (see the explanation in the wholefoods section at the top of the guide).
  • Liquid toiletries on tap – Good House Keeping, 287 Cuba Street, Wellington – stocks a range of liquid bathroom products on tap that you can refill your own bottles with, such as Ecostore shampoo and Neuma Organic shampoos. Commonsense Organics, 260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; 37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie; 96 Johnsonville Rd, Johnsonville also stocks Ecostore liquid bathroom products on tap (just BYO bottles!)


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