7 Zero Waste Stores in Hong Kong
1/7 Plastic Free HK
Living up to its name, Plastic Free HK is an online store that stocks everything you need to enjoy a plastic-free life; from storage solutions like pretty refillable soap dispensers, silicone stasher bags and beeswax wraps, to beautiful copper kitchenware, bento boxes and personal cutlery sets made from wood, bamboo and stainless steel.
But Plastic Free HK's offerings go beyond the kitchen—don't forget to check out their Bath & Beauty section which features goodies ranging from coconut oil toothpaste that comes in a jar, cruelty-free natural make-up by Elate, bamboo toothbrushes and a handy zero-waste shaving kit to name a few.
With such a broad range of plastic-free products, all of which boast a minimalist aesthetic, your home—and life—will be wonderfully toxin- and clutter-free in no time.
Find out more at plasticfreehk.com
This sprawling 3,000 square-foot space in Kennedy Town is the first of its kind in Hong Kong—a supermarket stocked with everything you need to fill your home with eco-friendly products, zero-waste essentials and healthy kitchen supplies, like bulk ingredients that cater to those with special dietary requirements, including dairy- or gluten-free, vegan and raw foods.
This bright and airy store boasts warm tones and plenty to peruse over, making it a place where one could easily spend hours discovering unique independent brands and clever eco-alternatives for everyday use; think compostable unbleached and chlorine-free coffee filters, eco-friendly disposable bamboo utensils, biodegradable paper towels and organic beauty labels like Erbaviva and Neal's Yard.
At Slowood, you'll also find artisanal goods by independent designers like beautiful ceramic plateware and eco-friendly toys for the little ones.
Find out more at slowood.hk
Have you ever bought an ingredient to find that it's only available in a quantity you couldn't possibly finish? If you're looking to minimise the waste in your life, buying in bulk is a great way to do it.
Edgar was one of the first to bring unpackaged bulk goods to Hong Kong, stocking organic and fair trade items ranging from cereals to pasta, dried food, nuts, seeds and more. Tea leaves, herbs and spices can also be bought in bulk here too.
If you need eco-friendly storage solutions, Edgar also carries a large selection of reusable silicone snack bags, bamboo boxes, beeswax cloths and stainless steel containers. Currently, Edgar has stores in K11 Art Mall in Tsim Sha Tsui and in Moon Street in Wan Chai.
Find out more at edgar.hk
4/7 NO!W No Waste
As its name suggests, NO!W No Waste is dedicated to providing solutions that will minimise the amount of waste we produce in our daily lives and, ultimately, the world. After all, every little step counts!
This includes everything from reusable silicone bags to stainless steel straws, washable dish sponges and collapsible coffee cups for your daily morning brew. In the beauty department, you can count on this store for items like shampoo bars (goodbye plastic containers!), stainless steel razors and washable cleansing wipes.
New to a zero-waste lifestyle? No problem. They’ve got a section dedicated to various starter kits for you and your family to begin a life of conscious consumption, including beauty kits, kitchen kits and even a girl power kit.
Find out more at now-nowaste.com
5/7 Live Zero HK
With stores in Sai Ying Pun and Sai Kung, Live Zero HK is a haven for bulk goods that are free from harmful packaging. They stock a large selection of organic pantry staples including a variety flours, lentils and nut butters, as well as a delightful selection of sweet treats ranging from dried fruits to chocolate-covered goodies.
Here, you'll also find a plethora of eco-friendly self-care items, like bio-based sunscreen by Surfer's Barrier, reusable facial rounds by Marley's Monsters and cleansing bars by Ethique.
The store recently launched Live Zero Bulk Beauty, a collection of high quality skincare products that are ethically prouced, free from nasty toxins and packaged 100% plastic-free. This includes clay masks, essential oils and even body glitter—everything you need to transform your beauty routine.
Find out more at livezero.hk
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6/7 Lush Naked
The first Lush Naked shop in Asia, this Lush store location in Causeway Bay is home to an abundance of packaging-free alternatives to your favourite cosmetics, from the classic shampoo bars and soaps to the new and exclusive naked makeup collection.
Be sure to download the “Lush Labs” mobile app, which allows shoppers to scan the products for ingredient information and how-to videos. Here, you will have access to all the exclusive naked items such as pressed dry shampoo, naked foot powder and naked hand serum.
Find out more at lush.com
Following the footsteps of zero-waste shops like Live Zero and and Edgar, Seed is a welcome addition to the Sai Kung neighbourhood. Offering everything you need to keep your home well-stocked, from pantry staples to household goods in bulk, Seed encourages patrons to bring their own containers to shop package-free, or you can donate HK$5 to use its donated containers, with 100% of the proceeds going back to the community.
Expect to find plastic-free items including bulk foods such as dried fruits, seeds, spices and dried pasta; lifestyle items like eco-cups, beeswax wraps and lunch boxes; and cleaning products such as laundry liquid, bath soaps and hand sanitisers.
Find out more at facebook.com/weareseedhongkong
This story was published on March 14, 2019 and was updated on March 13, 2020.