With sustainability such a big talking point here in Hong Kong, one of the best ways to pitch in to the movement and make a positive contribution is by going plastic free as much as possible. We know this may seem like a difficult goal, but we’re here to help with this list of shops (both physical and online) to help you to get started – get your containers ready, because there are plenty of goodies to stock up on!
Photo credit: Live Zero
Hong Kong’s OG zero-waste shop, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t include Live Zero on this list. This eco-friendly store stocks all the essentials to begin your plastic-free lifestyle, from bulk food items, to reusable silicone bags, to stainless-steel straws, to shampoo bars. Most of their bulk food products are organic too. This is also a great place to shop if you want to try out new things but don’t want to commit to buying huge amounts that would most likely end up in the bin.
24 High Street Sai Ying Pun, no phone
Photo credit: @edgar.hk
Similar to Live Zero, Edgar stocks a variety of natural, organic and fair-trade bulk- food products sourced from passionate and independent artisans all over the world – from all-natural nougat from the Netherlands to freeze-dried vegetable chips from Taiwan. The products are not only transported in bulk for a minimal carbon footprint, but as self-proclaimed environmentally conscious foodies, the owners also help to ensure that small producers are economically self-sufficient.
TST: Shop 201, 2/F, K11, 18 Hanoi Road, 3101 3030
Wanchai: 5 Moon Street, no phone
Photo credit: Audrey
Ms Audrey is a one-of-a-kind spot here in Hong Kong. A boutique selling vintage pieces ranging from furniture to jewellery, floral teas for bulk purchase can also be found in antique-looking containers along one wall. With dried flower bouquets scattered throughout the shop, the scent is heavenly.
4–6 Gough Street, Central, 2526 8036
Photo credit: Organic We
As a small shop with goals to promote zero-waste living and support local products, the folks at Organic We ensure that all products sold are vegan, chemical free and have never been tested on animals. The boxes and paper used for delivery are also reused, encouraging buyers to recycle. In addition to all the natural beauty and personal-care products on the shelves, they stock a few package-free items, so remember to bring your own containers.
Room 1601, Good Hope Building, 5 Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mongkok, 3791 2666
Photo credit: @livelylifehk
Lively Life sells organic fresh produce, pantry staples and even cosmetics, but they also stock bulk essentials, so you’ll find all the rice, noodles and vinegar you need in glass jars. Speciality items include vegan ice cream and organic kombucha. If you work in the area, they have teamed up with another fair-trade and organic supplier, Chopsticks, to prepare vegan lunch boxes. The meals are packed in metal bento containers that are then returned for reuse. Just remember to order in advance because they are quite popular.
Shop UG6, UG/F, CC Wu Building, 302–308 Hennessy Road, Wanchai, 6730 0643
Photo credit: vomFass
This the place for superb vinegars, fresh oils and select wines, spirits and liqueurs. With nearly 300 stores worldwide, there has to be a vomFass nearby. The best part is that when you’re done with the products, you can easily go back with your empty bottles to refill them with more of that liquid goodness.
59B Granville Road, TST, 2366 6768 (plus shops in Taikoo, Tsueng Kwan O and Yuen Long – click here for details)
Photo credit: Seed
Newly-opened Seed is situated in the heart of Sai Kung. It may be small in size, but the people behind behind it are definitely big on their vision and goals. As a self-proclaimed boutique grocery store, they aim to choose products that are both good to consumers and Mother Earth. Some of their products are sold package-free, so feel free to bring your own containers. Don't worry if you happen to come unprepared; they also have used containers for you to pick from.
29 Yee Kuk Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong, 5703 2223
This US-based site will help you to find all sorts of simple and convenient alternatives to single-use plastic products. Founded by zero-waste pioneer Lauren Singer – check out her blog, Trash is for Tossers – everything is packed in recyclable material, including the packing tape, which is awesome!
This local site delivers worldwide and offers an amazing variety of products to begin your plastic-free journey – they have literally everything you can imagine to get you started. We particularly like the zero-waste kits and gift boxes.
Our friend Dan and his wife in the UK are currently on a mission to help shoppers to go zero waste by opening up the first plastic-free shop in their area and are trying to raise funds to get it going. Show them some love and support!
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