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. While Edgar has had a small kiosk in K11 art mall for some time, its new Wan Chai store has much more space, allowing for gravity bins, glass jars and many 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.
There’s more to Lush than just its ridiculously shaped and colourful bath bombs. They’re actually one of the best ethical beauty brands in the world, serious about campaigning against animal testing and sharing its range of vegetarian, vegan and cruelty-free cosmetics. Make sure to keep all your black pots (made from recycled plastic) from your purchases. For every five containers that you bring back to the store, you’ll be rewarded with one of Lush’s signature fresh face masks. Alternatively, if you’re in need of a pampering, opt for the Lush Spa in Central.
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. The 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.
Why not go vegetarian too?
Green and clean bites from veggie burgers to meat-free dim sum, can be found all over the city. From the old stalwarts to the newcomers, these are the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Hong Kong.