Zero Waste in Western Auckland

Zero Waste in Western Auckland

This guide covers Western Auckland. For other areas of Auckland, please refer to the Zero Waste in the Auckland Region post.

Western Auckland

FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. 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!

  • Quandahari Bazaar, 1 St Jude St, Avondale – stocks a wide range of dried food in bulk bins, including legumes, grains, flours, nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
  • Mr Green’s, 1906 Great North Road, Avondale – has some bulk bins, stocking grains, legumes, spices, and some nuts.
  • Spice World, 7 Wingate St, Avondale – an excellent range of bulk bins stocking legumes, grains, flours, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices ate tea. Also harder to find items like baking soda and baking powder.
  • Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn – an excellent and very affordable bulk bin store, stocking grains, flours, pasta, spices and herbs, legumes, dried fruit, nuts, seeds, snacks and lollies. Also stocks liquid foods in bulk, including oils, vinegars and syrups.
  • Food for Less, 13 Veronica Street, New Lynn – when you go into the store, go to opposite side of the store to where the entrance is and you’ll find, in the aisles, a large number of bulk bins that stock all manner of dried foods, including grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and spices.
  • Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn – a well-presented, large array of dried bulk foods, including grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices and baking soda.
  • Huckleberry, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn – this is Huckleberry’s largest Auckland store. There’s a wide array of bulk options near the produce section, from grains and flours, to legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, shredded coconut etc. 
  • Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden – stocks bulk bins with grains, flour (including gluten free), nuts, seeds, dried fruit and legumes. Also will refill BYO bags and containers of other items that are repackaged on-site that might not be in the bulk bins out the front (you just need to ask). Also do refills of lots of liquid foods, including oils, vinegar, tamari (you’ll also get $1 off the purchase price of these liquids if you get a refill). 
  • SuperValue Titirangi, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi – has a small range of bulk bins that have nuts, seeds, dried fruit and snacks (note that they are pricey).
  • Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson – we love this bulk bin store which has a great array of bulk dried food, including grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices and herbs. Some ingredients are pre-packed, but if you ask the owner, she’ll almost certainly allow you to transfer into your own bags and containers and she’ll reuse her bags. Great range of bulk liquid foods too, including oils, vingers, honey, and syrups.
  • Saffron Foods, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson – stocks a wide range of bulk dried foods, including grains, flours, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices and also baking soda and baking powder.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu – a packaging-free store that has just about every whole food you could desire (flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices) as well as a few snacks and treats in bulk (like chocolate and potato chips). There are also a wide range of cereals and granolas, nut butter extruders, and even pasta and gluten-free pasta! A great range of liquid foods in bulk too, from oils and vinegars to syrups. Some more unusual finds include balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, coconut nectar, tahini and macadamia oil.
  • 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 much pricier than the bulk bins at the stores listed above (even organic stores’ bulk bins!). But look out for when things in the bulk bin aisle in supermarkets are on special because sometimes you can get a good deal!
Butchers/Fishmongers/Cheese/Deli

The following stores all sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods and are happy to put your unwrapped purchases straight into a BYO container – woohoo! **CAN YOU HELP US TO UPDATE THIS SECTION** <– get in touch if your fave spot isn’t on here!

  • Aussie Butcher, 10 Margan Avenue, New Lynn
  • Unpackaged tofu (just BYO containers) available at New Lynn Fresh, 2 Margan Ave, New Lynn
  • Unpackaged live mussels – most supermarkets generally 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.
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). **CAN YOU HELP US TO UPDATE THIS SECTION** <– get in touch if your fave spot isn’t on here!

  • Bakers Delight, 10 Margan Avenue, New Lynn
  • Summer Bakery, 10 Margan Avenue, New Lynn
  • 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! 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. 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. Check out some of the markets that happen out west.
  • 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 the chocolate bars at Huckleberry, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn, Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden, Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi, The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu, and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.
  • Loving Earth raw chocolate – another treat that comes in home compostable packaging. You can find it at Huckleberry, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn, and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.

DRINK OPTIONS

  • Milk – a true test of zero waste success in a city is whether or not a milk vending machine can be found… turns out that there is one in Western Auckland! You can get raw milk from a vending machine at Farm Fresh Milk Taupaki, 554 Waitakere Road. You just need to BYO bottle (or you can purchase a reusable glass bottle at the machine for $4).
  • Coffee – look around for places that sell coffee loose and BYO bags and containers to fill up. Roasters are a great place to start, for example, check out Rampant Coffee Company, 60 Castleford St, Green Bay, who will happily give you some beans or grinds into your own bags/containers. Alternatively, if you can’t find loose options near you, then the next best option is to look out for coffee that is packaged in Econic packaging, which is home compostable (woah!). Coffee by Kokako is packaged in this packaging, and you can find it at Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu and at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn. Huckleberry’s own brand coffee also comes in the home compostable Econic packaging, yus!
  • Tea – loose tea leaves are harder to find in West Auckland than central Auckland. We spotted some at Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn, but perhaps you’ve seen some in other places too?
  • Drinking chocolate – Kokako packages its drinking chocolate in Econic packaging that is home compostable – find it at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn, SuperValue, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi, and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.
  • Beer – keep your eye out for off-licences that sell beer on tap where you can fill up a BYO bottle/flagon. We spotted beer on tap at West Liquor, 43-45 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden and at Titirangi Village Wine and Spirits, 402 Titirangi Road, Titirangi.
  • Kombucha – while kombucha is great to make at home, packaging-free, you can also get it on tap at Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden and The Kombuchery, 54 Commercial Road, Helensville.

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 Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.

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

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.
  • The NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn
  • Get Ideal Cups (made in Hutt Valley, Wellington) at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn
  • The Pukka brand of reusable coffee cups are sold at Kumeu Produce Market, 407 State Highway 16, Kumeu

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 Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden.

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% cotton produce and/or bulk bin bags at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu; and Kumeu Produce Market, 407 State Highway 16, Kumeu.

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 Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden.

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

  • Beeswax wrap – available at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu. 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. Get unpackaged beeswax at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn.
  • Reusable sandwich bags – you can get these at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn.
  • 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 Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; and Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn

CLEANING PRODUCTS

Refills of bulk cleaning products

  • Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; and Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson – stock a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients in bulk which you can fill your own bottles and containers with.
  • Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden – offers refills of bulk cleaning products, including Klin Isi‘s multipurpose spray, laundry and dishwashing liquid (the manufacturer takes back the 20L drums that she supplies the store with and refills them, so that the containers get reused!).

Laundry

  • Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box with a cardboard scoop – no plastic lining! You can get it from SuperValue Titirangi, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi.
  • Soapnuts NZ soapnuts come in a cardboard box with no plastic lining. You can get them at Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden; and The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu – stocks bulk laundry powder
  • Alternatives to plastic clothes pegs – get bamboo clothes pegs at Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden; and The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Spice World, 7 Wingate St, Avondale; Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn; Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson; and Saffron Foods, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson.
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – get US-made Dr Bronner’s castile bars at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden.

BATHROOM PRODUCTS

Zero waste dental care

  • 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 Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden; SuperValue Titirangi, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi; The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.

Unpackaged Bars of Soap

The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn
  • Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu
  • Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. You can get menstrual cups at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden.

Other
  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden; and The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu.
  • Toilet Paper – get Greencane toilet paper, which is wrapped in home compostable packaging, at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden; The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.
  • Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
    • Baking Soda is an essential ingredient in lots of homemade toiletries such as toothpaste and deodorant, as well as a great general cleaner when teamed up with vinegar. You can get it unpackaged in bulk bins from Spice World, 7 Wingate St, Avondale; Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn; Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson; and Saffron Foods, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson.
    • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu – stocks things like epsom salts and bentonite clay in bulk (BYO bags/containers to get unpackaged), and jars of activated charcoal.


2 thoughts on “Zero Waste in Western Auckland”

  • Great shopping guide, it’s just what I needed to kickstart my plastic free mission. Our environment hub, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn also sells the following and it would be awesome to see us added to your directory: steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes, reusable wax wraps, stainless steel bottles, Ideal coffee cups, EcoStore products, reusable produce bags, upcycled and recycled jewellery and crafts, firewood diverted from landfill, used coffee bean sacks, low-priced bikes rescued from landfill and done up, and we provide a drop off point for all sorts of odd and ends to be recycled. We would love to host you for a visit, you may already know our Zero Waste warrior Sarah Jane Murray?

    • Thank you Olivia! WHoops – our bad for missing your amazing hub, Ecomatters, off the list! We have added you right in to the Western Auckland guide and also the general notes in the Auckland Region guide home page. Thanks for highlighting this and thank you for your really awesome mahi you are doing in New Lynn – really impressive 🙂

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