It’s a crucial time to be aware of the importance of the environment today, and zero-waste stores are the next best step forward. There are many ways to cut down — or ideally, completely cut out — plastic and wasteful packaging, and one of the solutions is to change consumer shopping habits. Luckily, Hong Kong houses some optimistic approaches to sustainability, from bulk groceries to reuseable storage containers. Cha Siu Papers rounds up our list of the top 10 zero-waste stores in the city.
1. Live Zero
Live Zero is Hong Kong’s first-ever zero-waste grocery store, hosting a range of eco-friendly, plastic-free solutions. Browse the range of sustainable products including stainless steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes and beeswax food wraps – replacing everyday objects with environmentally-friendly options. The shop lets you buy your groceries in bulk, using your own packaging (or the provided recycled/donated packaging from post-consumers) to collect and scoop up grains, nuts, oats… an assortment of your weekly necessities.
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33 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Open every day, 11am – 6pm +852 9433 3394 | firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung, Open every day except Wednesday, 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm, + 852 2567 6696 | email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
Sustainable lifestyle grocery store Slowood opened up in Kennedy Town as one of Hong Kong’s growing community of zero-waste markets opening up around the city. Spanning across an impressive 3,000 square-foot area, the eco-shop sources over 100 international and local brands, offering environmentally-friendly utensils, daily essentials, and bulk ingredients. Find foods which cater to every dietary requirement — from gluten-free to vegan.
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Location: The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Sai Wan (Kennedy Town Station, Exit C) Open Sun to Thu: 10:00am – 10:00pm | Fri & Sat: 10:00am – 11:00pm +852 2818 0203 | email@example.com
Initially making its mark by popping up in mini-kiosks and markets around Hong Kong, Edgar opened two stores in the bustling city — Tsim Sha Tsui’s iconic K11 Art Mall (now closed) and in Moon Street, Wanchai. The bulk-grocery store stocks an array of dry ingredients including nuts, fruit and freeze-dried vegetables, packed with eco-friendly packaging and BYOB (bring your own bag). Kick-start your zero-waste attitude at this health haven and be sure to check out the extensive choice of plastic-free products and reusable merchandise.
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Location: 5 Moon Street, 5 Moon St, Starstreet Precinct Mon to Fri : 12 pm – 8 pm | Sat : 12 am – 8 pm | Sun : 12 am – 6 pm +852 3484 2088 | firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Plastic-Free HK
Get all your essentials conveniently online for a Plastic-Free HK life at this zero-waste store. From beeswax wraps to wood and bamboo Tupperware, the e-shop will provide an eco-friendly alternative to your daily necessities. Explore the cruelty-free natural makeup range and body-care products for a packaging-free lifestyle, one that is so important in this day and age of wasteful materials and products. Inspired by minimalistic design, every product can be easily integrated into your household items. You’ll have no reason to have plastic in the kitchen anymore!
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Situated in the heart of Hong Kong’s lush Sai Kung — one of the most eco-friendly districts in the city — boutique store Seed joins the zero-waste bandwagon. The store supplies a range of sustainable products and ingredients, including kitchen utensils and toiletries for everyday use. Each product is carefully selected to be part of the shop, and food is all-natural, with the option of dairy-free and vegan snacks — even some of the furniture inside is reused and found in local yard sales to reduce waste. Take a few goodies with you before walking along the seaside promenade, perhaps one of the delicious almond glasses of milk will do (made in Hong Kong every week).
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Location: 29 Sai Kung Yee Kuk St, Sai Kung Open Mon – Thu 10:30am – 6:30pm | Fri – Sun 10:30am – 7:00pm +852 5703 2223 | email@example.com
6. Lively Life
Everyday waste habits can be combatted using no-plastic strategies with a change in behaviour and buying choices. Lively Life offers an easy way to begin your green lifestyle journey by swapping packaging for reusable and biodegradable products. This Wanchai store offers a range of compostable-packed eco-choices, including bamboo toothbrushes and beeswax food wraps. Eliminate plastic by swapping your basics for options like stainless-steel straws, washable dish sponges and reusable coffee cups that will last a lifetime.
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Location: UG 6, UG/F, CC Wu Building, 302-308, Hennessy Road, Wan Chai Open everyday from 10:30am – 7:30pm +852 6730 0643 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by Audrey Hepburn, the vintage boutique store Audrey brings a unique zero-waste concept to Hong Kong, with its range of loose leaf teas. Bring your own container to avoid using the pre-packaging, and collect these herbals for your next cuppa. The shop has an online presence too (free worldwide shipping on orders over $1000HKD) and sells diffusers, antique homeware, and the label’s own skincare products.
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Location: 2/F, 14-16, Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Open everyday from 12:00pm – 8:00pm +852 2526 8036 | email@example.com
8. Vom Fass
The liquid staple zero-waste pantry shop, Vom Fass is the next on our Cha Siu Papers list of Hong Kong’s eco-friendly future. With currently six retail stores across the city, there you will find an assortment of vinegar, oils, liqueurs and wines, of which you can purchase the containers in-store during your first visit, and bring the same storage back every time you need to restock.
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Location(s): Great Food Hall, Two Pacific Place, Admiralty Open everyday from 12:00pm – 9:00pm
59B, Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui Open everyday from 12:30pm – 9:30pm
Taste, MTR Level, Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong Open everyday from 11:00am – 10:00pm
Taste, Citygate, Lantau Island, Tung Chung Open everyday from 11:00am – 9:00pm
L1, New Town Plaza III, Yata Department Store, Sha Tin Open everyday from 10:00am – 10:00pm
L1, Yoho Mall 1, Yata Supermarket, Yuen Long Open everyday from 10:00am – 10:00pm
More info: vomfass.com.hk +852 2366 6768 | firstname.lastname@example.org
9. LUSH Naked
LUSH is renowned for its natural ingredients integrated into the cosmetics, so it’s no wonder they’ve opted for better packaging options. Marked as the label’s first “Naked” store in Asia, this Causeway Bay-hub is home to an array of plastic-free packaged alternatives to its cosmetic products. Choose from the bottle-free shampoo or makeup range, with Hong Kong-exclusives, too. The store showcases how each product is made by downloading the Lush Labs mobile app with demonstration videos on how to use your new purchases to avoid paper waste — all by simply pointing your device at the barcode.
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Location: Shop Q, G/F & M/F, Hong Kong Mansion, 2, 10 Great George St, Causeway Bay Open everyday from 10:00am – 10:00pm +852 2153 9680 | email@example.com
10. Regency Spices
The last on our Cha Siu Papers list is the Regency Spices shop, sourcing the highest-quality spices and herbs, with a heritage of experience. This one-stop-shop is ideal for bulk buying, where you can bring your own jar and collect the ingredients. Their online store offers the option to request 100% plastic-free packaging and instead uses cartons and paper bags to deliver the goods.
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Location(s): 5/F, 122 Connaught Road West, Qualipak Tower, Sai Ying Pun Open everyday from 10:00am – 10:00pm +852 2517 6577 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tsuen Wan Food Factory (by appointment only), 18/F, 30 – 38 Tai Chung Road, Superluck Industrial Centre Phase 2, Tsuen Wan