Where do I shop "zero waste"?

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Hey yโ€™all! Based on an unofficial (my) observation, it takes around 1 year, say, for the news of the opening of a zero waste shop to reach an audience that is โ€˜outsideโ€™ the โ€˜eco-friendlyโ€™ or โ€˜zero wasteโ€™ circle. My hypothesis is that it isnโ€™t that people arenโ€™t willing to try eco-products, they are just unaware that there are options.

I admit I am not the best person to write this, only because I donโ€™t buy lots of eco-friendly products myself (just because thatโ€™s the whole point - you will reuse stuff so you donโ€™t need a lot after you have got the basics), but I know that some of us need that extra voom-voom motivation to start going #Lowimpact. For example, I know that some prefer buying a nice looking lunch box made of steel to encourage themselves to bring more lunches instead of doing takeawaysโ€ฆ I mean, thatโ€™s totally understandable! :P

So here are a few โ€œgreen grocery storesโ€ that Iโ€™ve gathered that offers eco-friendly alternatives, categorized by locations:

(* indicates that online shop is available)

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Hong Kong Island

Kennedy Town

Slowood | 11 Davis Street

https://www.slowood.hk/

Visited the shop on New Yearโ€™s Day in 2019! It is still at its soft opening phase but I can already spot aisles and aisles of grains, beans, etc in the shop! Also spotted was a refill station for shampoo, all-in-one cleansing detergents of a decent scale. A lot of homeware & kitchenware that are super cute and minimalistic that will sure lure you into falling in love with the Japanese / Scandinavian aesthetics. Love that they also have a collection of vegan food (with packaging though!). I even spotted a box of โ€˜vegan eggโ€™! Near the counter you will find personal hygiene products, such as soap bars, tampons, skincare etc that was obviously curated to suit the aesthetics / philosophy of the shop.

Sai Ying Pun

Live Zero* | 24 High Street

https://livezero.hk/ Free HK delivery for purchases above HKD 2000

โ€œHong Kongโ€™s First Zero Waste Storeโ€. Bulk Food Store. Definitely one of spots that you have to visit to experience the โ€˜package freeโ€™ experience. Bring your own containers & bags because youโ€™ll be able to buy detergents, shampoo and taboocha using your own containers! Quite diverse in terms of products - you can even find reusable menstrual underwear!


Central

iSGO* | 4/F Lucky Building, 39 Wellington Street

https://isgo.com.hk/

I go there to restock my Ethique shampoo and shower bars because their location is more convenient out of all of the shops that stock the brand. Although they sell packaged goods, their focus is more on healthy food, skincare and detergents (laundry, toilet cleaner, sanitizerโ€ฆ)


Bathe to Basics* | S403, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street

https://bathetobasics.com/ Free HK delivery for purchase above HKD 300

They focus on handmade and organic skincare, bath and body products. They offer refill services so be sure to bring your own containers to their refill stations in-store and also at Live Zero and Organic We!


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I bought my FoFoCup from them. Super nice and knowledgeable duo behind the scene! I often consult them when I run into questions on different types of plastics and even on their take government policies. They are more of an โ€œinfluencerโ€ in the market that gathers green enthusiasts on social media and also does collaborations with loads of local shops and restaurants!

Whatโ€™s also admirable is that they also volunteered in โ€˜recyclingโ€™ stations in different regions in HK that aims at educating the public while helping them recycle stuff the right way. They donโ€™t open at regular hours but instead focus their attention on consultancy, community โ€˜managementโ€™, doing pop-ups and also act as distributors. You can also find a list of shops that collaborates with them on their site!



Wanchai

Edgar* | 5 Moon Street

https://www.edgar.hk/

Bulk food store and some zero waste goodies. I havenโ€™t been there but I have often heard about it. The K11 store is pretty petite but definitely a place to visit if you want to bulk buy specialty food such as shiitake mushrooms, okra, radish chips, freeze dried fruit chips, pumpkin seeds, etc.!


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https://www.facebook.com/livelylifehk/

Not been there before but my friends visited and told me that itโ€™s a grocery store that sells handmade soap, and offers refills for natural shampoo and conditioner. Also sells natural food, healthy drinks and the usual green goodies such as organic bamboo and cotton towels, reusable food containers, etc.




Causeway Bay

Tree Childrenโ€™s Lodge* | Unit A 18/F Vulcan House, 21-23 Leighton Road

https://en.treechildren.com.hk/ Free HK delivery above HKD 700

They sell mainly toys, arts & crafts, and interestingly they also stock up on reusable coffee cups, straws, reusable food containers, lunette cups and reusable menstrual pads!




Kowloon

Mongkok

Organic We* | 16/F, Good Hope Building, 5 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok

https://www.organicwe.com/ Free HK delivery for purchases above HKD 500

I havenโ€™t been but I want to visit the shop some day! The website is in Chinese so this is definitely one of the hidden gems if youโ€™re not familiar with the โ€˜dark sideโ€™ (hey, #noshame!). I like that they are kind of a โ€˜catch-allโ€™ - they stock healthy food, personal & female hygiene products, skincare & cosmetics, home essentials, pet products, etc.



Tsim Sha Tsui

Edgar* | K11 Art Mall x K11 Natural - Shop 201, Level 2, 18 Hanoi Rd, K11


I Never Use Foundation Breakfast Club* | 21/F Penthouse, MW Plaza, 40 Kimberley Road

https://www.inufskincare.com/green-beauty-bar.html

A brand that stands out because of their very interesting name. They recently moved and with a larger shop they now have a โ€œgreen beauty barโ€ that allows refills of their own products!

Founded in Hong Kong, they sell their own brand and also curate skincare (by all skintypes and needs), personal hygiene (menstrual pads too!), food (pearl powder, tea), lifestyle (jewellery, silk eye masks, crystals) products, and even have their own spa. A feminine and elegant take on living life ethically and mindfully.


New Territories

Sai Kung

Live Zero* | 5 Tak Lung Back Street

Seed ้ปž็ฑฝ | 29 Yee Kuk Street

@seed_hongkong

The most recent bulk food store that opened in Hong Kong! What caught my eye from their Instagram is that they even have fresh veggies and mushrooms! They also have food (spices, pasta, dried nuts, etc.), home essentials (detergents, soaps), personal hygiene, and the usual green goodies like cups, beeswax wraps, straws etc. They even stock vegan condoms!


Online

Free HK delivery for purchase above HKD500.

One of the very first โ€œzero wasteโ€ shop I know. Very clean and easy to navigate website for all green beginner babes! I bought my glass straws from them and they come in a paper pack without plastic. They also have section for kids and pets!

  • No!w No Waste (https://www.now-nowaste.com/)

    Free HK delivery for purchase above HKD 350.

    I was pretty impressed when my company receives a deck from them and apparently they do B2B projects! Itโ€™s such a smart move because changes at corporate level are one of the effective ways of reducing waste. What I also like about them is that they label whether products are recyclable, recycled, compostable, and reusable (although most should be reusable, right?) They also have quite advanced filters by country of manufacturing & price range.

  • Delightfully Green (https://www.delightfullygreen.net/)

    FREE delivery!!

    I got my reusable menstrual pad from them!! Definitely check out the shop. Itโ€™s a simple website but it features brands that you donโ€™t find elsewhere. Main focus on children and female products, but they also sell soap nuts, deodorants, upcycled bread and coin bags, silk floss, even paper sunglasses (!!) and the usual goodies like straws and containers.

  • WOMB (https://wombhk.shop/)

    If youโ€™re feeling a bit more fancy and want to explore more lifestyle products, check out WOMB -- they sell cool stuff that are ethical and vegan. Whatโ€™s in store: pretty accessories made with upcycled plastics, bags and clutches made with upcycled soda pops, linen kimono, stationery and jewellery.


The hidden gem

Actually the wet market is the place where you can get creative and start shopping #packagefree. Wet markets are not fancy, but itโ€™s how my grandma and many others use to shop for decades. Next time when youโ€™re feeling adventurous, try shopping at these nostalgic (yet still very functional!) wet markets! Help preserve bits of heritage of Hong Kong ;)


Final word

Refusing is the first step to a #lowimpact lifestyle. The next step is to reduce and reuse as much as possible. I hope this list is useful for those who are interested in buying reusable products. Of course, this is by no means an exhaustive list and I believe there will be a lot more shops selling zero waste alternatives. If you want to go an extra mile, you can also try visiting more vegetarian and vegan restaurants because animal agriculture is one of the leading causes of global warming :P

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