Zero Waste in Western Auckland

Zero Waste in Western Auckland

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


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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. These shops stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or operate return & refill systems for their packaging), allowing you to put these goods 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, and spices. Also harder to find items like baking soda and baking powder.
  • GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn – New Zealand’s FIRST packaging-free store. It’s pretty amazing to see and the range of items available is impressive. You can get all the staples here – grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, spices. As well as liquid foods, including oils, syrups and vinegars. You can also get harder to find things like Fairtrade cocoa, vege stock, pasta and cocoa butter (to name a few). GoodFor is also teaming up with local producers to bring packaging-free supplies of locally-made products, like Little Bird snacks.
  • 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, 39 Glenmall Place, 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.
  • Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula – a packaging-free store with a great range of organic and non-organic whole foods (flours, grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, spices) as well as snacks, treats, cereals and granolas, pasta, and even pet food in bulk. You can also find a peanut butter extruder and range of liquid foods on tap as well!
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu – a packaging-free store with a great range of organic and non-organic whole foods (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!


The following shops sell unpackaged meat, sausages, smallgoods, seafood, cheese and/or deli foods and will happily put these 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
  • Calvert’s Butchery, 707 Swanson Road, Swanson
  • Clark’s Organic Butchery, 356 West Road, Glen Eden – free range and organic meats, unpackaged, BYO containers accepted!
  • 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.
  • Supermarket delis – Most supermarkets have a deli section offering unpackaged meat, seafood, olives and other antipasti, salads, lunch foods and more. All Countdown, New World and PAK’nSAVE supermarkets officially allow you to BYO container for these goods!


The following stores bake and sell unpackaged bread and bakery goods (in some of these stores some items might be pre-packed or wrapped in cling film, just avoid those things!). Simply BYO bread 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 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, 10H Margan Avenue, New Lynn
  • Summer Bakery, 10D Margan Avenue, New Lynn
  • Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden 
  • Crafty Baker, 115 West Coast Road, Glen Eden 
  • 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 – 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. So check out some of the markets that happen out west and get amongst it!
  • Trade Aid – Trade Aid‘s 1.5kg sugar bags are also great for upcycling as bulk bin bags, and are home compostable once they do wear out. 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 both these products from Trade Aid Henderson, The Boundary, 5 Vitasovich Ave, Henderson.


Look out for places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged, and bring your own bag and container to fill. Going direct to coffee roasters is the best option, but you can also look out for bulk dispensers of unpackaged coffee in other stores (which usually have in-store grinders also). Here are the spots we found that offer these options:

  • Rampant Coffee Company, 43 Totara Ave, New Lynn
  • GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn
  • Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula


We avoid teabags as most have plastic in them, which we don’t want in our tea or our soil. Using loose leaf tea is an easy way to get around this. The trick is to find somewhere that sells loose leaf tea packaging-free, so you can put the leaves straight into BYO jars/containers! You’ll find loose tea leaves in bulk dispensers at:

  • Spice World, 7 Wingate St, Avondale
  • Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn
  • GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn
  • Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu


Sourcing cow’s milk without the plastic bottles or non-dairy milk without the dreaded Tetra-pak is no mean feat! We’ve found the following options:

  • Milk on tap or from a vending machine – milk is available on tap/from a vending machine at Farm Fresh Milk Taupaki, 554 Waitakere Road. Simply BYO bottle to fill up, or purchase a reusable glass bottle there that you can then refill on future occasions.
  • Milk delivery in reusable glass bottles – 
    • Dairy milk – Bakewell Creamery home deliver their raw milk (minimum order of 4L). So, you can have the milk delivered to your door in reusable glass bottles (just like the old days!) – leave your empty bottles out on the next delivery day so they can be returned to Bakewell Creamery for sterilisation and refill. YAY! See delivery details and routes here.
    • Plant mylk – Milk 2.0 makes plain and chocolate mylk in glass bottles that you can buy individually, but the best deal (for your wallet and the environment) is their subscription service: delivered to your door every Saturday in glass bottles and a cold delivery bag that you leave out to be picked up on the Friday before your next delivery. The bottles are sterilised and reused, and the bag is reused too! Perhaps you can buy a single bottle to try it out, and if you like then sign up for subscription.
  • Return & Refill glass bottle scheme – Bella Vacca Jerseys sells milk in reusable glass bottles and you can get your hands on it at Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; and The Catalina Bay Farmers MarketHudson Bay Road Extension, Hobsonville Point. How does the system work? The first time you buy a bottle of milk, you pay a little extra to cover the cost of the bottle and to ensure that you return it when you’re done. Return empty bottles to any stockist of the milk, and exchange it for a full bottle for only the price of the milk (or else get your deposit back). The empties are then returned to Bella Vacca Jerseys for sterilisation and reuse – so the bottles just go around and around – true zero waste!


Look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Breweries are awesome, but lots of liquor stores offer this option too! We found beer on tap at:

Also, don’t forget that most liquor stores do ‘swappa crates’ of beer – i.e. crates of twelve 745ml bottles of classic NZ beer (e.g. Lion Red/Brown, Speights, Tui, Export Gold etc.) which can be returned (when the bottles are empty) and are then sent back to the brewery for sterilisation and refill (a better outcome for glass bottles than recycling because reusing the same bottle over and over requires way less energy and resources than recycling).


  • Drinking chocolate – Get your hand on unpackaged drinking chocolate and/or cocoa powder at GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; and The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu. 
  • Kombucha – while kombucha is great to make at home, packaging-free, you can also get it on tap at GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden and The Kombuchery, 54 Commercial Road, Helensville.


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; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; 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 Western Auckland:

  • Find the Keep Cup brand at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.
  • The NZ-made Cuppa Coffee Cup at Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, 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
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu stocks their own branded reusable coffee cups.

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 GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden; Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi; and Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula. The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu also stock their own branded reusable stainless steel lunchboxes.

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 GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; 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 GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Nola’s Orchard, 474 West Coast Road, Glen Eden, Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden, and The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu.

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

  • Beeswax wrap
    • Purchase at – GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn (also stocks vegan wraps); Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi; Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu; and The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu.
    • DIY – waaaay cheaper! 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.


Refills of bulk cleaning products

The following stores stock a wide range of liquid and/or powdered cleaning products/ingredients in bulk dispensers which you can fill your own bottles and containers with:

  • GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn
  • Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn – ‘swap-a-bottle’ rather than direct refills
  • Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn
  • Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson
  • Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden
  • Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula 
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu

Low-waste dishwashing

You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.

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. Get 100% natural fibre dishcloths at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn.

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,39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden; and The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu.
  • Alternatives to plastic clothes pegs – get bamboo clothes pegs at GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden; and The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu. Get stainless steel pegs at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; and Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.

Ingredients for DIY cleaning products

  • Baking soda – available unpackaged in bulk bins at Spice World, 7 Wingate St, Avondale; GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn; Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson; Saffron Foods, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; and The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu.
  • White vinegar – available on tap (BYO bottle!) at The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu.
  • Bars of castile soap, which you can use as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid (see how it works here) – get castile bars at Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden.


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 GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden; Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi; SuperValue Titirangi, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu; Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu; and The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu.
  • Dental Floss – most Countdown supermarkets, but also Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn, 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 www.dogooder.co.nz – just pop the refill into your original metal/glass dispenser. Also GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn 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

The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:

  • Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn
  • Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden
  • Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi
  • Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu
  • Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu

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), including GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn
  • Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn stocks a range of shampoo and conditioner bars, and deodorant that comes in compostable carboard tubes.
  • Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi stocks locally made Fresh Beauty Bar shampoo, conditioner and other soap bars
  • Dirty Hippie shampoo bars and acne-busting face wash bars are available at Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu stocks their own, in-house branded shampoo bars.
  • GoodFor – stocks Fair + Square facial cleansing and body scrub bars that come in a cardboard sleeve.

Reusable Menstrual Products

There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. You can get menstrual cups at GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; and Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden.

Liquid toiletries on tap

The following stores stock liquid toiletries on tap for refills (BYO bottles!):

  • GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn
  • Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn (‘swap-a-bottle’ rather than direct refill)
  • Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula
  • The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu

Ingredients for DIY 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; GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn; Arjun Supermarket, 5 Rankin Avenue, New Lynn; Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson; Saffron Foods, 214 Universal Drive, Henderson; Refill Nation, 571 Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula; and The Source Bulk Foods, 49 Main Road, Kumeu.
  • 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.

Other

  • Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden; and The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu.
  • Toilet Paper – get Greencane toilet paper, which is wrapped in home compostable packaging, at GoodFor, LynnMall, 3058 Great North Rd, New Lynn; Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn; Organics Out West, 39 Glenmall Place, Glen Eden; The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu; and Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu.


Reuse and Recycle

  • Food waste and composting – food waste in a bin gets sent to landfill where it breaks down anaerobically, producing methane (a potent greenhouse gas). No! Here are some alternatives:
    • Home composting/worm farms/bokashi – Having a composting, worm farm or bokashi bin system at home is the best and cheapest way to deal with your food scraps. If you’d like help setting one up or working out what the best system would be for you, did you know that Auckland City Council offers FREE composting workshops through their programme, the Compost Collective? Worth checking out! Tamaki WRAP also runs composting workshops.
    • Food scrap collections – We Compost also runs a food scrap collection service for both households AND businesses, and takes it to be composted – yay! 
    • Edible food waste – food that is still edible that goes to waste is a crying shame. Check out the Community Fridge (an initiative of Amanda Chapman, with a rescued fridge provided by Resource Rescue), located in Griffiths Gardens (corner of Wellesley street and Mayoral Drive). The fridge is open 24 hours a day. The idea is that individuals and businesses can leave any excess food they may have (which might otherwise go to waste) in the fridge. Anyone who wishes is free to take food from the fridge. In addition to the Community Fridge there are also two food rescue organisations in Auckland – Fair Food and Kiwi Harvest – who take food that would otherwise go to waste from businesses and redistribute it to organisations with a social justice function.
  • E-waste – electronic waste is the world’s fastest growing waste stream, with huge environmental implications because of the toxins that can be leached from this waste, but also the loss of incredibly precious resources embedded in these items that are not recovered when the waste is dumped in landfill.
    • Repair: Rather than throwing you broken electronics out – have you considered trying to get them repaired first? You could pay someone to do it or look out for Repair or Fix-it Cafes where experts donate their time to fix people’s broken items for free at a designated repair event (usually run by community centres, churches or councils). Check out Repair Cafe Auckland to see where the next repair cafe is happening near you! 
    • Recycle: If your electronics really have given up the ghost, rather than chucking them out, take them to be recycled responsibly. In Auckland there are a range of places you can take your e-waste to be recycled or disposed of more safely. These include community recycling centres (see below), Resource RescueAbilitiesEcomatters, and E-Cycle
  • Community Recycling Centres are popping up all over Auckland now that the council has the aim of having at least 12 in the city in order to reach its goal of becoming a zero waste city by 2040. Community recycling centres are community-run and very effective at diverting waste from landfill, whether by arranging recycling, or repurposing or reselling of items back to the community at low cost. They are often drop-off points for all manner of recyclables, from plastics, paper/cardboard, glass and metals, through to hard to recycle items like e-waste, building and construction materials and other bits and bobs. Check out this list of Auckland community recycling centres to find your local. The range of things the community can drop-off also makes community recycling centres a GREAT place to get your magpie on and scavenge some real treasures at the re-use shops – a perfect place to find secondhand items rather than buying them new. If you’re wanting a new appliance or gadget, new toys or bikes, or if you’re undertaking a craft, building or home maker project and need some wood off-cuts, scrap metal, bolts, nuts or other building equipment, go to your local community recycling centre before you go anywhere else – you’ll be amazed at what you can find, at super low prices.
  • EcoMatters’ Adopt a Resource – one person’s waste is another person’s treasure. Daily industry throws out tonnes of ‘waste’ that might actually be useful to other people. EcoMatters, an amazing Environment Centre in New Lynn, is taking ‘waste’ off the Rosebank Business Community and rehoming it to whoever might want it! Check out their website – you never know what kind of goodies you might be able to get, while saving it from a sad fate in landfill :-O

Zero Waste Information and Support Networks

  • Waste-free advocates – Auckland is full of groups and individuals who provide support and inspiration for people to reduce their waste, both online and offline. You may have heard of Amanda Chapman from Amanda in Waste-free Land, Kristy Lorson from EarthSavvy (who is also the creator of the incredibly useful Zero Waste in NZ! Facebook page), the Weir-Barwells of Waste-Less Living, the trail-blazing Matthew Luxon and Waveney Warth from Rubbishfree.co.nz, and the Archer family of 6 who are documenting their year without a bin this year (2018). Have a look at their websites – they are all excellent resources for waste-free living in Auckland, and NZ generally. If you’re lucky, you might be able to twist one of their arms to do a public talk/workshop as well… 😀
  • Environmental hubs – environment centres and hubs are a great place to look out for if you would like help reducing waste (in the context of sustainable living generally). An excellent example is Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn. Among their many programmes, they are advancing zero waste in Western Auckland. They offer solutions for a range of hard to recycle items, like polystyrene, batteries, toothpaste tubes, curtains and light bulbs. Their frequent workshops often cover topics that assist with low-waste living. They also provide cool things for the community that diverts waste from landfill, like firewood which has been diverted from landfill, low-priced bikes rescued from landfill and done up, used coffee grinds for your garden, upcycled jewellery and crafts, and their Love Zero Waste Trailer, available for hire. 
  • Tamaki WRAP is simply incredible – they’re dedicated to supporting the waste reduction in the community and they offer great workshops and waste minimisation education spanning a variety of different areas. They also run the United Sustainable Sisters programme, and they’ve set up hubZERO a new location in Panmure dedicated to all things zero waste: waste-based social enterprises, full on local upcycling, and a space for workshops. Woohoo!
  • Running a Zero Waste Event – Are you running an event – big or small – and keen to keep it low-waste?Well, EcoMatters has developed an AMAZING website on Zero Waste Events in collaboration with Auckland Council to encourage event organisers and stallholders to design an event that generates less waste, and/or the right kind of waste for reuse. There’s so much useful information on this website, so definitely check it out – proper impressive!

Share and Exchange/Skills and Resilience in Communities

  • Toy Libraries – reduce the wasteful over-consumption of toys and save money by joining a toy library! Check out this guide to find the nearest Toy Library to you.
  • Auckland Library of Tools – need tools? Guess what, you can now rent them out (rather than buying new) from the wonderful Auckland Library of Tools! We don’t all need a garage full of tools, so save your money and reduce waste by joining ALOT. You can also donate tools to ALOT if you have a garage full and reckon they could go for an outing 😉
  • Menzshed – there are Menzsheds throughout Auckland. Menzshed provides a great opportunity for men of all ages to share tools and a workspace (reducing the wasteful overduplication of these resources) and to pass on skills of woodworking and other trades. Menzsheds frequently offer communities the service of repairing broken items like furniture (at a small cost), work with upcycled material that might otherwise go to waste, and also create bespoke items for community and charitable purposes. Definitely look up your local!
  • Community gardens and urban growing – if you are wanting to try your hand at gardening and have access to some unpackaged, locally grown veges, look up your local community garden. We’ve seen some great ones, including Kelmarna Gardens in Ponsonby, but there are many more! Check out a full list (plus map) here. And DEFINITELY check out the truly amazing For the Love of Bees – an artistic project that has morphed into a next level community-mobilising force for making Auckland a city that is good for bees (and thus, for us), incredible stuff!
  • Sharing Sheds/Community Fruit and Veg Stands – these are stands/shelves in the community where anyone can drop off excess fruit and veg from their garden, and anyone is free to take what’s there, free of charge. The wonderful art of sharing means that excess produce doesn’t go to waste. Furthermore, items can be shared without excessive amounts of packaging. These are popping up around the country and there are heaps in Auckland – find your nearest through the new website Free Food.
  • Crop Swap – Another fantastic thing going is Crop Swaps – at a crop swap, individuals who have veges they’ve grown, or preserves or baking they’ve made (or similar), come together once a fortnight or once a month, to trade their offerings without any money changing hands – all free! Just bring something to share and let the swapping begin! Trading homegrown or home created goodies with friends and locals means you can avoid all that packaging that often comes with a store setting. You can also have friendly chats about how to share goods without the waste. There are crop swaps dotted around Auckland, check out this website for a location near you (note the website is still being developed and currently missing many locations – you may need to ask around).



12 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 🙂

  • Hello! First of all, thank you so much for this incredible resource. I am running a zero-waste workshop this weekend, and you’ll be featured as a great place to build from! I really appreciate your taking the time to build this for us. I just had a couple places to contribute. Not sure if this is Central or West- the Westmere Butchery. I’ve been bringing my own random assortment of oddball containers to them for well over half a year, and they just weigh them out and fill them right up- no side of plastic with my chicken legs, thanks! And the Auckland Fish Market will let you use your own containers as well. Thanks again!
    Cheers,
    Katie

    • Amazing! Thanks for this message Katie and for helping us to keep the guide up to date. We’ll add these two places in now. Good luck for the zero waste workshop – hope it goes well!!

  • Hello Liam and Hannah,

    Another couple for West Auckland: Nola’s Orchard at 474 West Coast Road, Glen Eden, sells reusable straws and shopping bags, as well as Seed and Bean chocolate in compostable packaging. The TradeAid store in Henderson of course, sells TradeAid chocolate along with various other useful things.

  • Thank you for this amazing list! I’ve been wanting to cut down the plastic I use but didn’t know where to start. So finding this page was so helpful!

    I’ll keep an eye out for other places to add to the list …

    One that I’m checking out tomorrow is an Ecostore Refill Station in Henderson, where you can take your empty Ecostore products (kitchen cleaner, etc ) and get them refilled. Will let you know what I find …

      • The Ecostore Refill Station is located inside the dump at The Concourse in Henderson. Unfortunately, filling up a 500ml bottle ends up being a lot more expensive than just buying it new from the supermarket!!! So I’m trying your citrus all purpose cleaner instead 🙂

        • A couple of additional bulk places:
          The Aussie Butcher in Kumeu.
          And There’s a new butcher opened up in Massey, cnr Don Buck and Triangle Roads, not sure of the name though.

          P.s. I think Trade Aid in Henderson has moved to the KMart shopping centre (not sure of the address sorry!)

          Also, have you thought of adding a page for low waste supplies that you buy online? E.g. Greencane toilet paper. I know this adds the complication of plastic post bags, but some companies are happy to ship in paper or cardboard.

          • Thanks Bex! Will add these updates in 🙂 Have you gone into the two butchers you mentioned to check if they’re OK with putting unpackaged meat into BYO containers? If not, we’ll give them a call 🙂

            Yes, we have thought about doing an online option. We have quite the list! We’ll be compiling and publishing that in the next month 🙂 Our priority is definitely encouraging people to shop local and in-person, where possible, but there are certain parts of NZ and also certain products (like the toilet paper options) where buying online can be useful.

        • Right, thanks! Yes, we’ve heard it’s pricier often because supermarkets negotiate really cheap rates with Ecostore that small bulk outlets can’t compete with. We’re also not really sure what happens to the Ecostore 20L dispensers once empty anyway. Our understanding is that Ecostore doesn’t take them back for refill when empty… So, we’re trying to encourage refill stations to team up with local producers of cleaning products that can do refills of the bulk dispensers! This happens in some parts of the country; there used to be someone in Auckland who did it, Klinisi I think it was, but not sure if that’s still going…

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