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Best zero waste stores in Hong Kong

Say goodbye to single-use plastics

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Time Out Hong Kong

It’s time to do your bit to protect the environment. The easiest way to start is by reducing the usage of single-use plastic – and these awesome zero waste stores are here to help. From stocking up your pantry with bulk and package-free staples to packing your lunch in reusable silicone containers, check out these eco-friendly places and take your first step towards achieving a zero-waste lifestyle!

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Hong Kong’s best zero waste stores

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  • Ap Lei Chau

Beyond Plastic began in 2019 with the goal to reduce – and ultimately end – the single-use plastic system. From kitchen towels and reusable food wraps to clothing and masks, the brand provides biodegradable, compostable and ecological household products for both businesses and individuals. Beyond Plastic also hold monthly beach cleanups to help raise awareness of plastic pollution and even donates 20 percent of their annual profits to charity.

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  • Sai Ying Pun

Hong Kong’s first zero-waste grocery store, Live Zero offers a comprehensive range of eco-friendly, plastic-free products including stainless steel straws, beeswax food wraps, bamboo toothbrushes, water bottles, and more. Another reason this shop is great is it allows you to buy organic food and ingredients in bulk. We’re talking wheat flour, pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, quinoa, oats, and almost every nut conceivable. Essentially, this is ground zero for your zero-waste lifestyle.

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  • Wan Chai

This eco-store offers an array of organic goods, fresh produce, and beauty items. You can also shop for pantry staples such as rice, noodles, salt, and flour in bulk. The store even has a free water station for you to refill your water bottle instead of picking up another plastic bottle from 7-Eleven (tut-tut). Follow their Facebook page for updates and schedules of handicraft workshops such as their popular beeswax wrap classes.

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  • Sai Kung

Joining the Hong Kong zero-waste shop scene is Seed, a boutique grocery in Sai Kung. Mason jars are in abundance here, containing all your kitchen staples such as grains, spices, detergents, and of course, seeds. Bring your own bottles and take home some of Seed’s homemade anti-bacterial handwash or sunscreen, or try their all-natural food items like dairy-free noodles and vegan cookies.     

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  • Kennedy Town

With a floor-to-ceiling window storefront and an impressive 3,000 sq ft of space, Slowood sources from more than 100 international and local brands to provide a wide range of environmentally-friendly crockery and homeware, as well as grocery staples in bulk. They provide a refill station where you can bring in clean bottles to stock up on things like rice, salt, and spices. 

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  • Tsim Sha Tsui

VomFass is where you need to go for all your liquid staples. The store offers artisanal vinegar, oils, wines, rare whiskies, rums, sake from around the world. Vom fass is a German phrase meaning 'from the cask', and most of the spirits, oils, and vinegar available in the store can be sampled directly from the cask before purchase. They currently have five locations dotted around town where customers can go and buy a glass bottle to fill up with whatever they need. The shop will even knock off a sweet $10 from your purchase the next time you bring it back for a refill! 

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