Grab your tote bag and head to these zero waste and bulk food stores for plastic and package-free products in Hong Kong.
Looking to take a step towards zero-waste living? It can be as simple as refusing plastic bags, carrying a reusable bottle with you, and making the effort to shop at places that limit the amount of plastic packaging you take home. With a number of zero waste stores now dotted around the city housing refill stations for pantry staples, washing up liquids, plastic-free beauty products and more, it’s easier than ever to be an eco-conscious shopper in Hong Kong. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of where you can buy your day-to-day essentials — waste-free! Here’s to reducing, reusing and recycling…
Zero Waste Stores & Bulk Food Stores In Hong Kong
Looking to swap out your single-use plastic items with some eco-friendly alternatives? Offering everything from bamboo products to sugarcane takeaway boxes and silk floss, head to Beyond Plastic for a whole range of zero waste, biodegradable, compostable and ecological household products. What’s more, Beyond Plastic donates 20 percent of its profits per year to a charity in Cameroon which supports young women living in a rural area to continue their studies.
The Bulk Shop by Margella
Founders Margot and Ella (aka Margella) set up shop in the New Territories, hoping to change how people connect in their community and help people adopt more sustainable ways of living. The Bulk Shop offers a range of eco-friendly and package-free products to fill your totes and jars with, including beeswax wraps, compostable bin liners, plastic-free deodorant sticks and more.
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This is another bulk-buy store that gets a big tick from us. Bring your own containers and stock up on seeds, pasta, cereals and snacks — all without unnecessary packaging. This zero-waste store allows patrons to bring in their own bags and containers so they can purchase in bulk and avoid using plastic bags or other items that will harm the environment.
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, different kinds of vinegar, rice and noodles that are all available to bulk buy as well as an array of organic kitchen and beauty items, some of which are locally made. There’s even a free water station.
Claiming the title of Hong Kong’s first, completely zero waste and packaging-free grocery store, Live Zero stocks a huge array of organic products including pantry staples, beauty and home essentials. Forget your container? Use one of the many food containers and reusable bottles donated by the community!
Going the extra mile to study the ingredients, sources and even the manufacturing process of all its products, Organic We is a great place to shop for cruelty-free makeup, vegan pantry staples, eco-friendly cleaning products and more. As a bonus, Organic We offers BYOB discounts on selected products to customers who bring their own containers.
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 — it’ll even create custom blends for you upon request — just let the staff know what you’re looking for!
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Seed is on hand to serve those out in the ‘Kung, giving us zero excuses and the means to live a more zero 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 eco-friendly household cleaning products (laundry detergent, soaps etc.), beauty and personal items.
This one-stop zero waste store stocks everything from healthy, bulk organic groceries options to plant-based personal care products and refillable household essentials. With a wide range of globally sourced, top quality items from eco-friendly and cruelty-free brands, you can confidently add things to your tote bag with a clean conscience. Bring along a container on your next visit and enjoy 5% off on bulk or non-packaged items!
Offering liquors, kinds of vinegar, oils, wines, whiskeys and rums, vomFASS is the go-to for zero waste liquid staples (you’ll also find a small selection of gourmet foods and condiments). With locations across Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories, why not give one of their zero waste stores a visit where you can sample spirits, oils and vinegar directly “vom fass” (German for “from the cask”). Purchase containers on your first visit and get $10 off when you bring them back for a refill.
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. These small changes can make a huge difference, and once bought, can be used again and again. If you’re not sure where to buy one for yourself, check out some of the stores stocking reusable bottles and straws below:
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Keep cups and reusable bottles
Refillable And Package Free Home Essentials
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 and bottles of lotion and dishwashing liquids we use and throw away on the regular. If you were to add up the amount of plastic that goes to waste, it wouldn’t be a pretty number — but these zero waste stores dotted all around the city are giving us the chance to change our wasteful habits. Instead of repurchasing products, we can repurpose what we already have by refilling empty bottles, buying package free makeup and more.
Refillable and package free cleaning products
Refillable and package free beauty essentials
Editor’s Note: “Your Guide To Zero Waste And Bulk Food Stores In Hong Kong” was originally written by Lexi Davey in 2017 and was most recently updated by Nicole Moraleda in April 2022.