With global warming increasingly affecting our weather systems, and the continued accumulation of refuse in our oceans, it's becoming obvious that we need to start treating our planet better. Luckily there are a number of shops around town that are eco-friendly and promote kindness to the planet. At a time when the spread of the COVID-19 virus makes staying inside as much as possible a safer and more responsible choice, we give you the skinny on the stores and online platforms that make it easy to shop in a responsible way, without the need to leave the house!
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This bulk grocery shop's concept is #reuse #refuse #rethink. It is known for its impressive variety of healthy foods and beverages including herbal teas, fruits, nuts, and other snacks like organic almond truffles. There's also a selection of eco-friendly and package-free products such as reusable containers, stainless steel straws, and even beeswax food wraps. They also have a range of “free from” snacks: for gluten-intolerant and vegan customers.
Visit the online store here. Free delivery for orders over $600.
Ecostore's philosophy is simple: choose safe, effective products that are cruelty-free, and made from naturally derived products to care for your home and health. Their household cleaners, laundry products, body care, and skincare products – to name a few of the goods on offer – are made in Auckland, New Zealand and packaged in renewable sugar plastic packaging.
The products are available to order online and are shipped directly from their Hong Kong warehouse. They’re conscious about packaging with online orders, keeping it to a minimum and reusing their own Ecostore cartons or pre-used materials from their printing workshop neighbours! What’s more, you can refill your Ecostore favourites at six refill stations across Hong Kong, to give your used bottles a second life and reduce your carbon footprint. Refill stations are available in Central, Admiralty, Wong Chuk Hang, Yuen Long, Sai Kung and Clear Water Bay (exact locations can be found on Ecostore HK's Facebook page).
Visit the online store here. Minimum order $500, free delivery for orders over $1500.
The first of Hong Kong’s grocery stores to be zero waste, Live Zero offers a comprehensive range of eco-friendly, plastic-free products including stainless steel straws, keep cups, biodegradable dish cloths, and bamboo toothbrushes. The online store has many products on offer, but if you’re looking to bulk buy their organic food items, best to head in-store as their per-gram items aren't yet available online.
Visit the online store here. Free delivery for orders over $2000.
This Kennedy Town eco-friendly grocery store sources from more than 100 international and local brands to provide a wide range of environmentally-friendly goods. On their website, you'll find everything from crockery and homeware, to soaps and sanitisers, as well as grocery staples such as rice and eggs in bulk. There’s also an option to purchase salt, dried fruit, nuts, cereals and spices at pay-per-gram prices.
Visit the online store here. Free shipping on orders over $500.
This handy online website has everything you need to completely reinvent and transform your relationship with waste and food storage. From silicone stasher bags to produce storage Vejibags, as well as beeswax, there’s really no reason why there should be plastic in your kitchen anymore. Other life-changing products they carry include sustainable body care products like reuseable cotton swabs, coconut toothpaste, makeup with bamboo packaging, and the site’s best-selling stainless steel lunchboxes
Visit the online store here. Free shipping on orders over $750.
This boutique grocery in Sai Kung is all about promoting a healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle. Mason jars are in abundance here carrying all the kitchen staples such as grains, spices, detergents and of course, seeds. The is the place to pick up stainless steel reusable coffee capsules to shampoo soaps, and you’re encouraged to bring your own bottles to take home some of their homemade anti-bacterial handwash and sunscreen. Food-wise, you can also find all-natural, dairy-free noodles and vegan cookies. Best of all, everything here is package-free – though if you find yourself lacking a container bag, Seed does provide eco-friendly cotton bags.
If you’re prone to allergies and hoping to fill your home with green and eco-friendly products, Bamboa is your one-stop shop for your needs. This PMQ (and online) store carries products made from locally harvested bamboo – yep, the same stuff for building scaffolding – in the form of kitchenware, towels and beddings. The bamboo is guaranteed to be pesticide-free and biodegradable, promising no extra harm to the environment, while the bamboo beddings are hypoallergenic and perfect for sensitive skin. Not limited to lifestyle products, Bamboa also offers funky bamboo-made accessories including handbags and even sunglasses.
Visit the online store here. Free delivery for orders over $500