Here’s where to buy packaging, plastic and waste-free products in Hong Kong.
People are slowly but surely waking up to the world’s plastic pollution problem – and it’s about time! Together, “we are producing over 300 million tons of plastic every year, 50% of which is for single-use purposes – utilised for just a few moments, but on the planet for at least several hundred years,” according to Plastic Oceans.
So, what can we do about it? Don’t worry about things that are out of your control. Just start small and start now, focussing on the things that you are able to change, such as refusing plastic bags, carrying a refillable bottle with you, and taking the time to shop at places which limit the amount of plastic packaging you take home.
There’s change happening in Hong Kong, with businesses banning plastic straws and a new wave of zero-waste shops opening across the city, and we’re all for it! Not sure where to start? We’ve put together a list of where you can buy your day-to-day essentials – plastic and waste-free! From pantry staples to washing up liquid, hand soap and more, here’s to reducing, reusing and recycling…
Editor’s Note: The situation in Hong Kong regarding closures and restrictions on opening hours due to the coronavirus is constantly evolving. Many businesses are taking extra precautions, but please make sure you follow the latest government advice and stay home if you have recently travelled overseas, have interacted with anyone who has been away, or display any symptoms.
Zero-waste and Bulk Food Stores
Live Zero: Claiming the title of Hong Kong’s first, completely zero waste and packaging-free grocery store, Live Zero stock a huge array of organic products including pantry-staples, beauty and home essentials. Forget your container? Use one of the many tupperware and reusable bottles donated by the community!
Live Zero Bulk Foods, 33 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk
Live Zero Bulk Beauty, 20 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk
Live Zero Bulk Foods, 5 Tak Lung Back St, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, www.livezero.hk
Edgar: This is another bulk-buy store that gets a big tick from us, bring your own containers and stock up on seeds, pastas, cereals and snacks – all without unnecessary packaging. The shop allows patrons to bring in their own bags, containers and more so they can purchase in bulk and avoid using plastic bags or other items that will harm the environment.
Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.edgar.hk
Seed: Seed is on hand to serve those out in the ‘Kung, giving us zero excuses and the means to live a more waste and plastic-free lifestyle. It provides everything you need to keep the kitchen well-stocked (think spices, cupboard-staples like pasta, dried nuts, fruit and legumes) as well as household cleaning products (laundry detergent, soaps etc.), beauty and personal items.
Seed, 29 Yee Kuk Street, Sai Kung, New Territories, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/weareseedhongkong
Lively Life: You’re sure to find everything you need to live a waste-free life at Lively Life on Hennessy Road. Here you’ll be able to snap up fresh produce, vinegars, rice and noodles that are available to bulk buy as well as an array of organic kitchen and beauty items, some of which are locally made. There is even a free water station.
Lively Life, UG 6, UG/F, CC Wu Building, No. 302-308, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, www.facebook.com/livelylifehk
Regency Spices: This family-owned business sources some of the best spices from all corners of the globe. Regency Spices is a one-stop for stocking up on all your spices, seasonings and herbs – they will even create custom blends for you upon request – just let them know what you’re looking for!
Regency Spices, 8A, Ming Wah Industrial Building (call ahead before visiting), 17-33 Wang Lung Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, www.regencyspices.hk
Reusable Lifestyle Products
We’re thrilled to see that coffee shops across Hong Kong are offering up discounts and incentives for customers who bring their own coffee cups, as well as a huge turn over in restos who are refusing to serve plastic straws and instead are offering bamboo and paper alternatives. These small changes can make a huge difference, and once bought, can be used again and again. So if you’re not sure where to buy one for yourself, check out some of the stores stocking them below:
Keep cups and reusable bottles
It’s not just food packaging that we need to be held accountable for, but it’s time we thought about our day-to-day cleaning and beauty essentials, too. Just think about all the tubes of mascara, lotion bottles and bottles of dishwashing liquids we use and throw away. If you were to add up the amount of plastic that went to waste, the number would not be pretty, but now there are waste-free shops all around the city that are giving us a chance to change our wasteful habits. Instead of repurchasing products, we can repurpose what we already have and instead refill empty bottles or buy packing-free makeup.
Read more: Cruelty-Free Makeup and Skincare Products
Refillable and zero-packaging cleaning products
Refillable and zero-packaging beauty essentials
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