Zero-Waste in Wellington City

eco-friendly holiday New Zealand tips Wellington

We have come a long way in the journey of protecting the planet. The best decision we have made so far is dropping the plastic bags, and now we are moving forward to zero-packaging products or certified compostable packaging products.

Wellington city is one of the pioneers of sustainable living. There are tons of grocery store that able to meet consumer’s need but still able to carry out their environmental mission. Here is the list of grocery shops that welcome you to bring your own containers:


Hopper – Refill, Shop & Café

11 Hopper Street, Te Aro, Wellington City

The store stocks a range of dried and liquid foods in bulk dispensers, including grains, flours, pasta, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, muesli, condiments, spices, vinegar, oils, honey and even chocolate in bulk.


Commonsense Organics

260 Wakefield Street, Te Aro; and  37 Rongotai Rd, Kilbirnie

offers a wide array of dried food in bulk bins (including, but not limited to, nuts, seeds, cereals, grains, flours, legumes, herbs and spices), liquid foods (including vinegar, oils, tamari and honey.



23 Jessie Street, Te Aro

GoodFor stocks a wide range of unpackaged dried foods, such as grains, flours, nuts, seeds, legumes, dried fruit, spices, sweets and snacks, as well as a decent selection of liquid foods, including oils, syrups and vinegar.


Newtown Green Grocer

100 Riddiford Street, Newtown

Good range of affordable bulk bins stocking grains, legumes, spices, snacks, nuts, seeds, dried fruit.


The Spice Emporium

31 Coutts Street, Kilbirnie

Stocks a wide range of unpackaged dried food in bulk bins, including grains, flours and legumes.


The Nut Store

284 Cuba Street, Te Aro 

Quality nuts, seeds, fruit and spices sourced as locally as possible. Just bring your bag and they will fill it up for you.


Moore Wilson’s,

Corner of Tory Street and College Street, Te Aro

You can bring your own bag to pick up salad, bread, and seafood


Narayan Spices n Food

10/6 McMillan Court, Newlands

Stocks a good selection of bulk bin spices, condiments, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, just BYO bags!


Supermarkets such as Pak'nSave, Countdown, New world – all major supermarkets in Wellington have well-stocked bulk bin/pick and mix sections with wholefoods (BYO bags for these). You can bring your own container to get the seafood, the staffs are very welcome BYO containers.


Preston’s Master Butchers

Torrens Terrace, Wellington

Happy to put unpackaged cuts of meat into a BYO container.


Nino’s Fish Boat

 at The Harbourside Market (outside Te Papa on Sundays)


Cameron Harrison Butchery,

4A Crofton Rd, Ngaio and 95 Upland Road, Kelburn


Wellington Sea Market

220 Cuba Street, Wellington City


  • Morning market such as


Sunday Harbour market

Located at Wellington harbour


Riverbank Market on Saturday

50/56 Rutherford St, Lower Hutt

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