As refuse and environmental issues continue to pile up, it’s more important than ever to reduce plastic usage and to do your bit to help the environment. The easiest way to start is by removing plastic from your home – and these awesome zero waste stores are here to help. From bulk groceries and sustainable body care items to silicone storage containers, these shops are your first step towards achieving a zero waste lifestyle.
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Hong Kong’s best zero waste stores
This bulk grocery shop is known for stocking an impressive variety of healthy nuts, dried fruit and freeze-dried vegetables in bulk. There’s also an extensive collection of eco-friendly and packaging-free products such as reusable containers and sustainable body care items than can kick-start or maintain your zero-waste lifestyle. Edgar often has small pop-ups or kiosks across town, so keep your eyes peeled on it Facebook page for the latest updates. Alternatively, you can pay its Wan Chai store a visit, the store has much more space, allowing for gravity bins, glass jars and tons of extra products.
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 and the super popular S’well water bottles. 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.
Marking as the brand's first "Naked" store in Asia, this Lush store location in Causeway Bay hosts an abundance of innovative and plastic packaging-free alternatives to your favourite cosmetics. From bottle-free shower gel to foundation and lipstick that uses no plastic packaging at all, shoppers will be able to get their hands on all sorts of Hong Kong-exclusive. Last but certainly not least, don't forget to download the Lush Labs mobile app while you're there! Not only will you be able to find out in detail what each product is made with, but there'll also be demonstration videos showing you how to use each product properly – all you have to do is point the camera on your phone at the product of your choice and voila!
The easiest way to commence your new green lifestyle is to eliminate all your daily plastics and to swap them for reusable and compostable products. No!W No Waste is a handy one-stop online shop to get you the basics, from reusable silicone food containers and beeswax food wrapping to bamboo toothbrushes and handcrafted natural deodorants. Stainless steel water bottles are another must-have. Best of all, No!W’s products have compostable or recyclable packaging. now-nowaste.com.
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, makeup with bamboo packaging and the site’s best-selling coconut oil toothpaste. plasticfreehk.com.
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. This is the place to pick up stainless steel reusable coffee capsules and shampoo soaps. You’re encouraged to bring your own bottles to take home some of Seed’s 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 bag, Seed does provide eco-friendly cotton bags.
Kennedy Town welcomes this zero-waste store into its midst with the opening of Slowood, a self-described sustainable lifestyle grocery store. 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. There’s also a refill station where you can bring in clean bottles to stock up on things like rice, salt and spices at cheaper prices. A small vegetarian kitchen can be found in store featuring a mushroom-themed menu and furnishings.