This guide covers the Kāpiti Coast 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!
FOOD OPTIONS (I.E. STORES THAT OFFER LOOSE ITEMS WHICH YOU CAN PUT, UNPACKAGED, INTO YOUR OWN BYO BAGS/CONTAINERS)
Lots of pantry staples – from flours, grains and rice, through to condiments, spices, legumes, nuts, seeds and liquid foods – usually come in single-use packets. Here, we list shops that stock all manner of pantry foods loose in bulk bins (or which at least have an option for you to avoid unnecessary packaging), so that you can put these ingredients straight into your own bags, jars, containers and bottles, and skip the packaging!
- Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), a range of spices, liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and syrups), and sweets and treats. They also have a peanut butter machine. This Bin Inn also has an almond butter and a cashew butter machine (woah!). All Bin Inn around New Zealand stores are currently offering 5% discount when you bring your own containers!
- Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – offers a wide array of dried food in bulk (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, and legumes), liquid foods (including vinegars, oils and tamari).
- DreamCatcher Co-op – while not 100% zero waste, this non-profit, community food co-op running out of Te Horo allows you to get a range of foods packaging-free if you order the items that come without packaging (i.e. most of the fresh produce). Sign up to become a member (a one-off $20 fee) and expect to do a small amount of volunteering for the co-op (find out more about that here). You’ll then have access to a wide range of affordable, mostly organic foods, delivered to you in upcycled banana boxes. Most produce comes packaging-free, so it’s a great way to get fruit/vege without waste. The dried foods do get re-packed into brown paper bags, though you can avoid those by coming to the packing house on a packing day and packing your order into your own bags/containers.
- Supermarkets – most major supermarkets 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 Bin Inn.
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!
- Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu – has cheese and other deli items (such as olives) loose which can be put into BYO containers.
- M&M Master Butchers, 144 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu
- Kapiti Coast Meats, 22 Maclean Street, Paraparaumu Beach
- Waikanae Butchery, 42 Main Road, Waikanae
- CJ’s Seafood, 36 Main Road, Waikanae
- Otaki Meats, 78 Main Street, Ōtaki
- Pak’NSave Kāpiti, Coastlands, Paraparaumu – stocks self-serve whole fish unpackaged (just put in BYO container like a large tub/bucket…)
- L’Amour en Cage, 8 Margaret Road, Raumati Beach – French cheeses on the wheel which you can get cuts of put into BYO containers.
- 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 Kāpiti, Coastlands, Paraparaumu, and New World Paraparaumu, 159 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu.
- 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!
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).
- The Village Baker, 14 Margaret Road, Raumati South
- Kapiti Cakes and Bakery, Coastlands Parade, Paraparaumu
- Ben’s Buns, 3a MacLean Street, Paraparaumu Beach.
- Olde Beach Bakery, 3 Ono Street, Waikanae Beach
- Waikanae Hot Bread, 6B Mahara Place, Waikanae
- Main Street Bakery Company, 1 Main Street, Ōtaki
- 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! For example, Pak n Save, 200 Rimu Road, Paraparaumu – stocks unpackaged loaves of bread at the bakery section, just BYO bag!
Sustainably Packaged Goodies
- 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 Kapiti, Shop 41 Coastlands Shoppingtown, Paraparaumu, and Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu.
- Other pre-made food in home compostable packaging – Loving Earth chocolate comes in home compostable packaging and you can find it at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu and Four Square Raumati, 5 Margaret Road, Raumati Beach. Ceres Organics raw goodness bars come in Econic home compostable packaging and you can purchase these at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu.
- Coffee – wherever possible, we encourage people to find places that sell whole or ground coffee beans unpackaged and have them put in BYO bags/containers. You can do this at the Dark Horse Coffee Roastery, 2 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu, Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu and New World Otaki, 155 Main Road, Ōtaki (Caffe L’affare range, including fair trade organic option). Otherwise, if you’re into instant coffee, grab Trade Aid‘s instant because it comes in home compostable packaging – you can find it at Trade Aid or Commonsense Organics in Paraparaumu.
- Beer – look out for places that sell beer on tap and BYO bottles/flagons to fill up. Kāpiti is home to the famous Tuatara Brewery (7 Sheffield St, Paraparaumu), and Waikanae hosts North End Brewery whose beer you can get on tap at The Salt and Wood Collective, Ngaio Road, Waikanae – so look no further to fill up your own bottles. Though you can look further, like this list here! You can also get craft beer on tap at Liquorland Paraparaumu, 3/140 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu.
- Milk – at the moment your best option for zero waste milk on the Kāpiti Coast 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 Kāpiti. 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.
- Drinking Chocolate – Commonsense Organics stocks Kokako drinking chocolate which comes in Econic home compostable packaging. Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kapiti Road, Paraparaumu also stocks cocoa powder in the bulk bins.
KITCHEN/FOOD PACKAGING ALTERNATIVES
Say “no more” to disposable takeaway coffee cups and plastic water bottles by getting yourself reusables instead! Get reusable water bottles at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, Simply New Zealand, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, State One Designs, MacLean Street Paraparaumu Beach and 196 Main Road, Ōtaki (metal & glass) and Cream Design, 215 Main Road, Ōtaki.
And for a reusable takeaway coffee cup, find the Keep Cup brand at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu, Steven’s, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu and Coast Kitchen & Catering, 43 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach; the Sol brand is sold at State One Designs, MacLean Street, Paraparaumu Beach and 196 Main Road, Ōtaki; the NZ made Cuppa Coffee Cup brand can be found at Artel, Outdoor Mall, Waikanae; River Stone Cafe, Main Road, Ōtaki stocks Ideal Cups; Joco cups can be found at Olde Beach Bakery, 3 Ono Street, Waikanae Beach. Cream Design, 215 Main Road, Ōtaki stocks a range of different 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 Commonsense Organics, 37 Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt.
Reusable bags (shopping bags, produce bags and bulk bin bags)
Plastic shopping bags are a menace, but so too are those plastic produce bags for fruit and vege or the plastic bags often offered alongside bulk bins at bulk stores. You can avoid them by bringing your own bags or buying a set of reusable produce bags. You can get 100% organic cotton Rethink produce and bulk bin bags at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu and Artel Gallery + Store, 9 Mahara Place, Waikanae.
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, Coastlands, Paraparaumu; Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu, Coast Kitchen & Catering, 43 Seaview Road, Paraparaumu Beach and State One Designs, 196 Main Road, Ōtaki.
Alternatives to plastic cling wrap, plastic sandwich bags and tin foil
- Beeswax wrap – available at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu, Artel Gallery + Store, 9 Mahara Place, Waikanae and Lovely Living, 2 Mahara Place, Waikanae. OR, you can make your own – you just need off cuts of natural fibre fabric (check out Kapiti Knitting and Lotto, 24 MacLean Street, Paraparaumu Beach, or Fibre Flair, 54 Main Road, Waikanae) and get unpackaged beeswax from Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu. Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu also stocks beeswax but it’s pre-packed into a plastic pottle. However, you can request it to be taken out of the plastic pottle into your own container and they’ll reuse the pottle.
- Reusable sandwich bags – you can get Munch reusable sandwich bags and/or wraps from Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu. Cream Design, 215 Main Road, Ōtaki stocks reusable sandwich wraps by Roll’eat.
- Silicone Pot/Bowl Covers – Gorgeous Things, 22 Raumati Road, Raumati Beach and Cream Design, 215 Main Road, Ōtaki.
You can find dishbrushes with wooden handles and removable + replaceable, home compostable heads at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu; Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu; and Steven’s, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu.
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, Coastlands, Paraparaumu
- If you’re after a coarser scrubby, you can get 100% coconut fibre coarse scrubby from Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu.
- For something fancy, Madame Treacle, Cnr Margarent Road and Raumati Road, Raumati Beach and Cream Design, 215 Main Road, Ōtaki stock Bianca Lorenne 100% cotton cloths.
- Commonsense Organics, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – stocks a range of liquid cleaning products you can fill your own bottles with.
- Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kapiti Rd, Paraparaumu – stocks a wide range of both liquid and powdered cleaning products/ingredients you can fill your own bottles and containers.
- Eco Planet laundry powder comes in a cardboard box, no plastic lining, with a cardboard scoop, and it’s septic tank safe. You can find it at Pak’NSave Kāpiti, Coastlands, Paraparaumu, New World Paraparaumu, 159 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu, New World Waikanae, 5 Parata Street, Waikanae and New World Otaki, 155 Main Road, Ōtaki
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 Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu; Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu and New World Waikanae, 5 Parata Street, Waikanae.
- Dental Floss – Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu stocks 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.
Unpackaged Bars of Soap
It’s easy to get soap without packaging in Kāpiti. The following stores sell totally naked bars of soap:
- Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu
- Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu
- Simply New Zealand, Coastlands Mall, Paraparaumu – felted soap.
- Gorgeous Things, 22 Raumati Road, Raumati Beach
- Madame Treacle, Cnr Raumati Road and Margaret Road, Raumati Beach – Panna Soaps and others.
- Jenoa, 2 Mahara Place, Waikanae
- Artel, 9 Mahara Place, Waikanae
- Cream Design, 215 Main Road, Ōtaki.
- Artscape, Main Road, Ōtaki – regular and felted soap.
- State One Designs, 196 Main Road, Ōtaki.
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, Coastlands, Paraparaumu, Farmers, Coastlands, Paraparaumu
- 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, Coastlands, Paraparaumu
Reusable Menstrual Products
There are zero waste, low cost alternatives to disposable sanitary items like tampons and pads. For example, you can find menstrual cups at Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu.
- Cotton Buds – Go Bamboo makes home compostable buds so you can avoid the single-use, unrecyclable plastic ones. Get them from Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu; and Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu
- Toilet Paper – Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu stocks Greencane toilet paper (which comes in fully home compostable packaging)
- Ingredients for homemade cosmetics/toiletries
- You can get unpackaged beeswax from Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu.
- 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 Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu.
- Liquid toiletries on tap – Commonsense Organics, Coastlands, Paraparaumu and Bin Inn Kāpiti, 128 Kāpiti Road, Paraparaumu stock Ecostore liquid bathroom products on tap (just BYO bottles!)