The coronavirus pandemic has got many of us wondering how we can treat the planet better. With all the disposable face masks and single-use takeaway containers that we have consumed, there has got to be a way we can reduce our environmental footprint. An easy way to be more eco-friendly is to get your goods from zero-waste shops. We’ve gathered a list of locations providing plastic-free goods and bulk foods in Hong Kong, so get your Tupperware and mason jars on the ready.
Following its successful retail shop opening in Kennedy Town, Slowood has brought its zero waste essentials and bulk ingredients off the island to Discovery Bay. Offering a wide range of eco-friendly and organic products, the minimalistic shop has all you need for your home. Stock up on granola, spices and rice the sustainable way – you can also find reusable containers and paper bags at the store. For beauty fanatics, don’t miss out the natural skincare and reusable cotton pads on offer.
Slowood, Shop 1-3, G/F, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, 2818 0203 and Shop Unit No. 151, 1/F, DB Plaza (Block C), Discovery Bay, 2944 5189
Being the pioneer of zero-waste stores in Hong Kong, Live Zero has everything you need to go green. Apart from its wide selection of organic quinoa, pumpkin seeds and flour in bulk, the one-stop shop also holds an array of kitchenware, cleverly designed and sustainable. Shop its latest Live Zero Bulk Beauty collection where you can find high quality body care by Ethique and facial rounds by Marley’s Monsters.
Live Zero, 33 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, 9433 3394 and 5 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung, 2567 6696
With zero-waste living gaining traction in the local community, owner William Lane opened an eco retail concept store in Happy Valley in 2019. Ekologic started out as an eco-wood furniture and homeware store in Tasmania, Australia and was brought to Hong Kong in 2019 offering locally sourced produce and bulk foods in partnership with Slowood. Edible and decomposable, Ekologic’s natural pasta straws are great alternatives to usual plastic straws. Want to treat your pet well? You can also find cruelty-free and plant-based dog treats by Rascals at the shop.
Ekologic, G/F, 16 Tsun Yuen Street, Happy Valley, 3168 5138
Stock up on organic snacks the sustainable way. Previously a pop-up concept, Edgar is now a permanent fixture in the Star Street Precinct offering package-free bulk goods. Its cylinders of freeze-dried fruits and veggies, free-trade nuts and dark chocolates will sure satisfy green grocers. Also available online, Edgar carries reusable water bottles, cutlery sets and beeswax food wrap to help you move away from disposable food packaging.
Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, 3484 2088
Plastic Free Hong Kong
Seeing how plastic bags and single-use food packaging are harming our environment, Plastic Free Hong Kong started its online shop in 2016 to provide sustainable alternatives for consumers. From kitchen tools to eco-friendly lunch boxes, you can stock up on all your home essentials in just one shopping cart. Going zero waste takes baby steps – start from switching out your plastic zip-lock bags and storing your daily nibbles in Plastic Free’s silicone Stasher bags. The online retailer offerss domestic delivery for orders over $750.
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Tucked away in Sai Kung, Seed welcomes locals and visitors alike. Similar to Edgar, this eco boutique encourages shoppers to go package-free and bring their own containers for pantry staples and household goods. Conscious shoppers will be happy to find vegan noodles, organic grains and spices as well as fresh produce. Invest in stainless steel reusable coffee capsules and make your morning coffee a bit more pleasant for our nature.
Seed, 29 Yee Kuk Street, Sai Kung, 5703 2223
Located in the heart of Wan Chai, Lively Life brings together a plethora of eco-conscious brands from Hong Kong and strives to create a sustainable economy for local producers. From organic, fair trade goods to daily necessities like personal hygiene and household cleaning products, the shop makes sure to source the best quality items that are kind to the environment as well. It also hosts regular DIY workshops where you can learn to make your own beeswax food wraps and other reusable items.
Lively Life, Shop UG6, UG/F, CC Wu Building, 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, 6730 0643
The Bulk Shop
Tucked away inside a modest neighbourhood shopping mall, The Bulk Shop is founded earlier this year by two friends who live in Tai Po. Margot and Ella started their business to make zero-waste products more accessible to local residents. From spices and grains to shampoo bars and detergents, The Bulk Shop offers a wide range of home goods and daily necessities to help you cut down on waste. Supporting local retailers, the shop also sells handcrafted sourdough bread from Mayse in Tai Mei Tuk and aromatic coffee beans by local coffee roaster Dr. Sutton’s.
The Bulk Shop, 25-28B, 2/F, Jade Plaza, 3 On Chee Road, Tai Po, 5161 9454