To help you on your Zero Waste journey here are some of the options we’ve found available locally. Let us know any other tips you have and we’ll add them to the list!
Bring your own containers, bags and cups:
Reuseable coffee cup: for tea or hot chocolate too if you’re not a coffee addict – Birdie’s and NZ Surf Bros cafes, and for miso soup at Sushi Avenue
Bulk bin foods: It’s Healthy, Bush Fairy Dairy, Pak’n’Save.
Loose fruit & veg: Bells, Kaitaia market, Pak’n’Save
Meat: Whanau Meats and Bells will put it in your own containers
Sushi: Sushi Avenue you can fill your own container
For food & drink etc:
Cloth shopping bags: EcoCentre
Re-useable produce bags (also useful for many other things!): EcoCentre
Beeswax wraps: EcoCentre
Reusable travel coffee cups: CBEC, Farmers and The Warehouse
Metal water bottles: The Warehouse and It’s Healthy
Glass and ceramic storage jars etc: 2nd hand – op shops, plus the market or Empire Mart, Goods 2 U, Coin Save, Farmers, Marston Moor and The Warehouse all sell them new. You can also use glass jars in the freezer!
Bamboo toothbrushes: It’s Healthy, CBEC and Bells
Paper wrapped toilet paper: Kaitaia Foodmarket and It’s Healthy
Menstrual cups: – a zero waste and money saving option for those menstruating, the EcoCentre and It’s Healthy
Bamboo cotton buds: It’s Healthy
Unwrapped and paper wrapped bar soaps: Shackleton’s Pharmacy, Far North Pharmacy, Essentially Flowers, Kotare Krafts and It’s Healthy
Hand lotions etc in glass jars and tins: Shackleton’s Pharmacy, Far North Pharmacy and Essentially Flowers
Natural sponges: for make-up removal etc, Shackleton’s
Essential oils: Kotare Krafts can refill their own brand bottles
Cloth nappies: Farmers
Biodegradable disposable nappies: CBEC
Baking soda (bulk): 25kg sacks – RD1, 3kg bags – Cavalier’s. Also at the EcoCentre in 500g and 1kg returnable jars and get a 50c deposit back!
White vinegar 5ltr: Cavelier’s & Pak’n’Save
And if you don’t know how to save yourself and the environment heaps of money using Baking Soda and Vinegar we have Vicki Lansky’s books with hundreds of uses of both in. At $20 each you’ll quickly save yourself more than that in groceries.
Ecostore 5ltr containers, various products: RD1
Of course anything you buy secondhand is usually going to reduce the amount of packaging and waste involved. It’s worth checking out our many op shops, secondhand shops and the Kaitaia market where there is often a bargain to be had. Of course remember to dispose of anything you replace responsibly and recycle wherever possible.