Each day the equivalent weight of two A380 Airbus planes is discarded in Hong Kong, and with landfills fit to burst, raising awareness around plastic pollution, sustainable living, climate change and wildlife protection is more important than ever. It’s easy to be swayed to make the extra effort when faced with uncomfortable statistics, but it’s maintaining these greener habits that poses the real challenge.
Looking to bring your own lunch boxes and cutlery, buy bulk for your pantry, or avoid single-use plastic and chemical-free products as much as possible? If you’re looking to wean off unnecessary wastefulness in your life for good, these fantastic zero waste homeware stores and grocers in Hong Kong will make life a lot easier. Don’t forget your own containers and grocery bags!
(Featured and hero image courtesy of Slowood)
Whether it’s bamboo toothbrushes and metal straws you’re looking for, natural skincare, period toiletries or organic groceries, or even soap bars for your dog, you’ll find it at Slowood. This expansive Kennedy Town store (now open in Discovery Bay, too) features handpicked sustainable brands from New Zealand, Canada, the Netherlands and more — not to mention it’s one hell of a photogenic space for a fun eco day out.
Slowood, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Sai Wan, Hong Kong; Unit 151, 1/F, DB Plaza, Block C, Discovery Bay
If you haven’t yet visited Nan Fung Textiles’ newly refurbished arts and lifestyle hub, The Mills, you’re missing out. The three-story temple to Hong Kong’s heyday of textile industry has an especially splendid collection of independent handmade crafts, candles and skincare, and Pimary’s light-filled space is where you’ll want to start. Pimary first started in Tai Po as a part coffee shop, and now at The Mills it beautifully displays its full product range: from amazing corn-based kitchenware to eco-friendly food wraps, it’s an exclusive purveyor of more than 18 sustainable brands.
Pimary, Shop 105, 1/F, The Mills, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
Green-loving foodies will want to check out Edgar, Hong Kong’s first bulk grocery shop made for home cooks to fill out their pantries with a no-waste approach. Whether you’re looking to stock up on rice, seeds and legumes or dried fruit and healthy nibbles, Edgar is the place to be. You can shop from its original kiosk store at K11 in Tsim Sha Tsui, or its newer boutique on Moon Street in Admiralty. It’s currently also popping up through to the end of June 2019 in Causeway Bay.
Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 3484 2088
Live Zero HK
Boasting itself as Hong Kong’s very first zero waste store, Live Zero now dedicates its Sai Ying Pun and Sai Kung spaces to bulk groceries. One of the few spaces to shop bulk beauty products (for instance, to make your own facial oils, soaps and masks), it also stocks bulk groceries such as baking essentials, coffee beans, kombucha on tap, nut butters, and even 9 types of chocolate treats. Check the website ahead of time for its list of in-store stock, which can change regularly.
Live Zero HK, G/F 33 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong, +852 9433 3394; G/F 22 Yi Chun Street, Sai Kung, +852 9842 7858
This Wan Chai eco store stocks everything from organic noodles to natural skincare. It’s warmly fitted out like an artisan’s workshop, and that’s because it is: Lively Life not only is a zero-waste purveyor but also hosts regular craft workshops, in particular teaching you how to make your own beeswax food wraps.
Lively Life, Shop UG6, UG/F, CC Wu Building, 302-308 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, +852 6730 0643
Part vintage shop, part florist selling dried bouquets, Audrey (inspired by the elegance of Audrey Hepburn, of course) also sells a range of floral teas and tea leaves by bulk. It also carries herbal skincare, soaps and home fragrances by Yorkshire brand Fruits of Nature. If you’re looking for an eco-friendly gift, something from Ms Audrey will offer an extra sophisticated touch.
Audrey, Flat B, 13/F, Mai Sik Ind Building, 1-11 Kwai Ting Road, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong, +852 2279 9663
Food Craft HK
Taking a clean approach to food in a world rife with food allergies and sensitivities, online store Food Craft is the place to shop if you’re looking to make more conscious decisions with your grocery shopping. You’ll find unique house-made items such as kombucha and kefir starters, healthy snacks and vegan puddings, sauerkrauts and pickles, organic miso and plenty of milk alternatives. Aspiring home chefs will also find essential equipment such as dehydrators, blenders and brewing paraphernalia, suited for vegan cooks and health food enthusiasts alike. Free delivery available for orders over HK$700.
The zero waste movement has manifested itself into the bustling heart of Mong Kok: Organic We stocks essentials in every facet of green living, so whether you’re aiming for a chemical-free household, going all-mineral and natural in your skincare and cleansing routines, or even hoping to feed your fluffy companion the cleanest diet possible — this is a good place to start browsing.
Organic We (website in Chinese only), Room 1601, 16/F, Good Hope Building, 5 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, +852 3791 2666
A fascinating pit stop for day-trippers or locals in the area alike, Seed is a Sai Kung boutique where you’ll find anything from reusable coffee capsules to fresh produce, dry grocery goods (yes, seeds too) to household cleaning products and skincare made in-house — all of which aim to reduce the environmental impact on the planet. All products sold here come packaging-free. Forget your own containers? Seed offers donated jars and containers for free, or certain products are sold with returnable bottles.
Seed, 29 Yee Kuk Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, +852 5703 2223
Plastic Free HK
This online store has everything you need to eliminate single-use waste in the household: think eco kitchen towels, beeswax food wraps and natural cleaning products. There’s also an excellent collection of bath and beauty products and stylish eco-friendly items, even toys, for babies and children. If you love a minimalist aesthetic, this is definitely the store for you. Free shipping on orders over HK$750.
We couldn’t forget about Lush — perhaps the world’s largest eco-friendly beauty brand with now two decades of expertise behind its belt. Championing a naked packaging policy, some of Lush’s best-selling products include its shampoo bars, bath bombs, and of course, its iconic soap bars that come in a dizzying array of flavours and colours.
The Bulk Shop by Margella
Setting up shop in Tai Po, founders Margot Lane and Ella Wightman stock a huge range of plastic-free products from beauty and household items to bulk-buy pantry staples. Known for its freshly baked loaves of bread, you’ll want to make a pre-order to avoid disappointment when it quickly sells out.
The Bulk Shop, 2/F, 28-25 Jade Plaza Mall, Tai Po, Hong Kong, +852 5161 9454
Having come from the food and beverage industry, founders of Beyond Plastic recognised a need for change in the way that we are rapidly consuming single-use plastics. Beyond Plastics distributes to both businesses and retail customers, with its store stocking a huge range of biodegradable, reusable and compatible products like natural deodorants, beeswax wraps and biodegradable containers. The company also organises monthly beach cleanups in an effort to tackle Hong Kong’s ever growing waste problem.
Beyond Plastic, 3/F, Unit 1, Oceanic Industrial Centre, 2 Lee Lok Street, Ap Lei Chau, Hong Kong, +852 6419 1397
This post was originally published on 24 April 2019 and updated on 12 January 2021