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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. stores that offer loose items which you can put, unpackaged, into your own BYO bags/containers)

  • 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. On their shelves they stock Loving Earth and Trade Aid chocolate, both of which come in home compostable packaging.
  • 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). The store also stocks Trade Aid chocolate (which comes in home compostable packaging).
  • 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).
  • Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi – sells Trade Aid chocolate (which comes in home compostable packaging).
  • 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 Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu – stocks Trade Aid chocolate (which comes in home compostable packaging).
  • Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu – stocks Trade Aid and Loving Earth chocolate (both of which come in home compostable packaging).

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

  • Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn – stocks Meals in Steel stainless steel containers (great for getting takeaways!), reusable metal straws, a range of reusable takeaway coffee cups (including Keep Cups and Cuppa Coffee Cup), beeswax wraps and other reusable lunchwraps, cotton produce bags, and unpackaged beeswax if you wish to make your own beeswax wrap.
  • Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn – stocks beeswax wraps, reusable produce bags, reusable metal straws, reusable drink bottles, wooden dishbrushes with replaceable heads that are home compostable, and Ideal Cup (NZ brand of reusable takeaway coffee cup).
  • Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden – stocks Meals in Steel stainless steel containers (great for getting takeaways!) and reusable metal straws.
  • Forest Folk, Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School, 5 Helios Place, Titirangi – stocks beeswax wraps.
  • Kumeu Produce Market, 407 State Highway 16, Kumeu – stocks Pukka’s reusable coffee cups, and Rethink produce bags.
  • Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu – stocks Keep Cups, reusable drinking bottles, silicone pot/bowl covers (an alternative to Glad Wrap and tin foil) and beeswax wraps.

Cleaning products

  • Bulk Barn Savings, 9 Totara Avenue, New Lynn – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients in bulk which you can fill your own bottles and containers with, as well as baking soda in bulk which can be used for homemade cleaning products.
  • Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn – stocks Ecostore wooden dishbrushes with replaceable heads that are home compostable, and bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap that can be used as a base for homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid.
  • 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!). Also stock SoapNuts NZ soap nuts that come in a cardboard box with no plastic lining, and bars of Dr Bronner’s castille soap, which can be used to make homemade dishwashing and laundry liquid. Also stock Go Bamboo’s wooden clothes pegs.
  • Bulk Barn Henderson, 1A Buscomb Avenue, Henderson – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients in bulk which you can fill your own bottles and containers with, as well as baking soda in bulk which can be used for homemade cleaning products.
  • SuperValue Titirangi, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi – stocks Eco Planet laundry powder, which comes in a cardboard box with no plastic inner and the scoop is made of cardboard.
  • The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu – stock SoapNuts NZ soap nuts that come in a cardboard box with no plastic lining and Go Bamboo’s wooden clothes pegs.

Bathroom products

  • Huckleberry New Lynn, 34D Portage Road, New Lynn – stock Greencane toilet paper (which is wrapped in home compostable packaging), unpackaged bars of soap, menstrual cups, Go Bamboo and Grin wooden toothbrushes (handles are home compostable)
  • Ecomatters, 1 Olympic Place, New Lynn – stocks bamboo toothbrushes with home compostable handle.
  • Organics Out West, 7/273 West Coast Road, Glen Eden – stock Go Bamboo wooden toothbrushes (handle is home compostable) and home compostable cotton buds, Greencane toilet paper (which is wrapped in home compostable packaging), unpackaged bars of soap, and menstrual cups.
  • SuperValue Titirangi, 429 Titirangi Road, Titirangi – stocks Go Bamboo wooden toothbrushes (handle is home compostable).
  • The Green Grocer, 80c Main Road, Kumeu – stocks Go Bamboo wooden toothbrushes (handle is home compostable) and home compostable cotton buds, and Greencane toilet paper (which is wrapped in home compostable packaging).
  • Boric Food Market, 1404 Coatesville-Riverhead Highway, Kumeu – stocks Go Bamboo wooden toothbrushes (handle is home compostable), Greencane toilet paper (which is wrapped in home compostable packaging), unpackaged bars of soap.


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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