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 | email@example.com
5 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung, Open every day except Wednesday, 10am – 7pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm, + 852 2567 6696 | firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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 | email@example.com
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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.