It’s seriously time to break up with packaging. It’s unnecessary, wasteful and there are now so many packaging-free shops that you actually can live without it. When we realised how many zero-waste bulk buy shops had popped up across Asia, we knew we had to create a dedicated guide, so no matter where you are in the region, your food shopping routine can be totally packaging-free! Below is our round-up of the best low impact bulk food shops in Asia, so even when you’re traveling, you can live la vida bulk. Happy glass jar shopping!
Live Zero is Hong Kong’s first 100% zero-waste, packaging-free bulk grocery store. Located on Sai Ying Pun’s High Street, the store is split into two sections – Bulk Foods and Bulk Beauty. There is pretty much nothing they don’t have, from every type of pantry ingredient to snacks, vegan protein powder and even packaging-free Beyond Burger patties and other plant-based meat alternatives.
Address Sai Ying Pun: Live Zero, 33 High Street, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong. Open Monday – Saturday: 11.00am – 8.00pm; Sunday: 11.00am – 6.00pm.
Address Sai Kung: Live Zero, 5 Tak Lung Back Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday: 10:00am – 7pm; Sunday and Public Holidays: 10:00am – 6pm; Closed Tuesday & Wednesday.
Edgar is also one of the first bulk grocery shops in Hong Kong. With many stocking bins full of freeze dried fruit and vegetables for snacking (including okra and mushrooms!), organic and fair trade certified chocolates, cookies and kitchen staples – you will find almost everything you need here.
Address: Edgar, 5 Moon Street, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Open Monday – Saturday: 12.00 noon – 7.00pm; Sunday: 12.00 noon – 6.00pm.
Slowood is the newcomer to Hong Kong’s bulk grocery scene. They have a massive space full of bulk bins, refill stations and fresh natural foods as well as loads of household products and a range of lifestyle goods too.
Address Kennedy Town: Slowood, The Hudson, 11 Davis Street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. Open daily: 10.00am – 10.00pm.
Address Discovery Bay: Slowood, Shop Unit 151, 1/F, DB Plaza (Block C) Discovery Bay. Open daily: 10.00am – 10.00pm.
Address: SEED, 29 Yee Kuk Street, Sai Kung, Hong Kong. Open Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00am – 7.00pm.
Lively Life is a small retail shop with a location in Wan Chai’s busy Hennessy Road. They have a variety of organic and fair trade items on offer to stock up your kitchens and office pantries.
Address: Lively Life, UG, Shop 6, 302-308 Hennessy Road, CC Wu Building, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. Open daily: 10.00am – 7.30pm.
The Bulk Shop By Margella
The Bulk Shop by Margella HK is the newest kid in town and the first bulk shop in Tai Po. Opening in Summer 2020, The Bulk Shop is working on the finishing touches to offer the New Territories a new chance of going plastic-free.
Address: The Bulk Shop, 25-28, Level 2, Jade Plaza, 3 On Chee Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong. Open Mon-Sat: 11.00am – 6.00pm.
Billed as Kowloon’s first naked store and a newer addition to Hong Kong’s zero waste scene, Savonnezero store focuses on freshly made beauty and body products available for bulk purchase without packaging including cleansing oils, face masks, repair creams, lip balms, hair repair and more.
1109, Kimberland Centre, 55 Wing Hong Street, Lai Chi Kok, Kowloon, email@example.com. Open Wed-Mon.
Pimary is mostly a reusables and eco-lifestyle retail concept but they also have a selection of bulk household cleaning supplies so you can stock up on floor cleaner, multi-purpose and the like.
Pimary Tai Po Concept Store, 25 Lo Tsz Tin Tsuen, Ting Kok Road, Tai Po. Open Monday, Thursday and Friday: 12:00pm – 6pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am – 7pm.
Pimary The Mills Store, Shop 105, 45 Pak Tin Par Street, Tsuen Wan, firstname.lastname@example.org. Open daily: 12:00pm – 7pm.
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Hive Bulk Foods
The Hive is Malaysia’s number one and most established zero-waste retailer and bulk food grocer, founded by arguably Asia’s first zero waste queen, Claire Sancelot. They have over five locations and 3 stop-off points spread across Kuala Lumpur.
The Hive Bulk Foods is in five locations across Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Open daily: 9.00am – 7.00pm.
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