Where to shop Zero Waste in Sydney
If you live in Sydney, there’s a decent number of shops where you can refill your nuts, grains, seeds, beans, spices, cooking liquids, baking ingredients and more. Some of the shops listed below cater to the Zero Waste lifestyle more fully by offering a selection of packaging free cleaners, soaps and shampoos.
A directory of bulk and refill shops in Sydney, Australia
I’ve listed bulk and refill shopping by brand, with an indication of locations second.This is because some are chains and growing rapidly – it would be impractical for me to list all of the information below. The list is roughly listed in order from Eastern Suburbs and fanning outwards – the farther away from the city, the lower down the listing.
The Source Bulk Foods started in Byron Bay and has expanded to 20+ locations and counting. They offer 400 bulk reasons to visit, including food, home and laundry. Highlights are their range of native Australian bush foods, spices, local and organic options for most whole foods, plus a personal care range that includes magnesium chloride flakes, bentonite clay, and activated charcoal.
Naked Foods | nakedfoods.com.au
Various store locations in Eastern Suburbs and Inner West, the Sutherland shire, and Canberra + market appearances
You’ll find basic and specialty flours, grains and cereals, dried fruit, spices, nuts, snack foods, oils and vinegars. Mostly organic. Also try their unpackaged soaps for home, body and laundry. For DIYers, they carry bentonite clay, activated charcoal and xylitol. In Sydney, visit Bondi Junction, Newtown, or Cronulla.
Harris Farms | www.harrisfarm.com.au
Westfield store, Bondi Junction + throughout NSW (amenities vary by location)
Harris Farms at Bondi Junction Westfield has a selection of specialty flours, legumes, coffees, nuts and dried fruit in bulk. They have a dairy milk refill station, a discount ugly produce section, a loose tomato buffet and a bread-fall (unpackaged bread + waterfall).
Iggy’s Bread | www.iggysbread.com
145d Macpherson Street, Bronte
Refill maple syrup and olive oil at this popular bakery on Bronte’s main street. And if you want a loaf of their famous sourdough, get there early!
Scoop Wholefoods | scoopwholefoods.com.au
Bondi Beach, Mona Vale, and Mosman
Scoop stores are a well-organized foodie heaven, with all the basics, plus harder to find bulk items such as black rice, alfalfa seeds for sprouting, dried raspberries and caramelised balsamic vinegar. Few body care items, but they do have bentonite clay and epsom salts.
Thoughtful Foods Co-op at UNSW | www.thoughtfulfoods.org.au
Blockhouse, G10H International Rd, Kensington (on the UNSW campus)
Gravity bins galore with grains, nuts, and 30 different kinds of tea! You can also arrange veggie boxes and bread orders. They need volunteers if you’re keen to lend a hand.
Wholefoods House | www.wholefoodshouse.com.au
3 stores in the Eastern Suburbs: Rosebery, Woollahra and Waterloo
This chain features mostly certified organic or biodynamic produce and grocery items with some refillable options.
Green Valley Spices | www.greenvalleyspices.com
Locations throughout Western Sydney, and at Royal Randwick Shopping Centre
When it’s time to stock up on smoked paprika, adobo or juniper berries, head to Green Valley Spices with your own containers. They also have a great selection of loose-leaf black and herbal teas, plus snacks and nuts you can buy unpackaged.
The Drink Hive | www.thedrinkhive.com.au
5/61 Mentmore Avenue Rosebery NSW
The Drink Hive features local artisan beer, wine and spirits, with some refill options and a decent organic wine section. Three growler refill options and two wine refill options.
Honest to Goodness | www.goodness.com.au/alexandria-store
Alexandria Industrial Estate, Unit D1, 46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria NSW
Organic wholefoods can be bought from the gravity or bulk bins in your own container.
Bondi Beach Cellars | Facebook page
50 Hall Street, Bondi, NSW
Refill a growler at this Bottle-o on busy Hall street. It’s a bit pricier than it ought to be, but that’s life in a beachside tourism haven, isn’t it.
The Farm Wholefoods | thefarmwholefoods.com
Potts Point, Neutral Bay, Baulkham Hills + market appearances
Cafe in front, bulk whole foods in the back, The Farm Wholefoods, have a good selection (250 says Monocle) of ingredients sold in bulk bins.
This cozy co-op has been in existence longer than I have, and offers a small selection of personal care and household cleaners. Amongst the comprehensive bulk offerings are hard to find in bulk castille soap, white vinegar, sprouting seeds, and asian cooking liquids. They now carry goat feta that can be bought in your own container. They have a small number of donated jars that can be used for refill if you forget yours.
University of Sydney Food Co-op | usydfoodcoop.org.au
Level 2 Wentworth Building, Corner of City Road and Butlin Avenue, DarlingtonI haven’t visited this co-op, but it sounds pretty perfect for those looking for organic and ethical foods, grains, spices and more in the Redfern area.
The Health Emporium | healthemporium.com.au
263-265 Bondi Road, Bondi
The Health Emporium is a health food store with a mid-sized bulk section with a nuts, seeds, cereals and grains, as well as liquid soaps for home and laundry. They offer asian cooking liquids such as mirin, tamari and sesame oil plus treats like matcha.
Green Hills Organic Eco Store | greenhillsorganics.com.au
4/328 Windsor St, Richmond NSW 2753
This rural gem is tucked away in an alley off Windsor Street (opposite Coles) and stocked with plenty of bulk refillable grains, spices and seeds. The shop also sells organic groceries.
Manly Food Co-op | manlyfoodcoop.org
21B Whistler Street, Manly
Picture a waste-free, bulk, not for profit market in one of Sydney’s loveliest beach suburbs. It totally exists, it’s the Manly Co-op. Bulk tofu is one of the harder to find items to score here.
Village Wholefoods | www.facebook.com/pg/VillageWholefoods
123 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, NSW
A down to earth bulk foods store with a wide selection of both organic and non-organic whole food ingredients. They are also a TerraCycle collection point for beauty and dental products.
Sam the Butcher | samthebutcher.com.au
129 Bondi Road Bondi, NSW, 2026
Olive oil and preserved lemons (sometimes) on offer, as well as a range of biodynamic meats they are happy to serve in your own container. Olive oil is refilled by volume (apparently this works out to the same as by weight), so just bring a container with one or the other listed.
Cha Cha Kombucha | facebook.com/CHACHAKombuchaSydney
Various markets (Bondi, Double Bay, EQ Village Markets)
You can return your Kombucha bottle for refill to their market stall. If you want to try making your own, $10 will get you your very own SCOBY (message Cha Cha a few days prior to arrange).
Perfect Potion | perfectpotion.com.au
Perfect Potion is a chain with a focus on aromatherapy. The goods are 99% packaged, but there is sometimes a small selection of body care ingredients like clays, cacao butter and beeswax that can be bought in your own container. Varies from store to store, so call ahead to ask.
Dr. Earth | drearth.com.au
Various locations in Eastern Suburbs and Inner West.
While not necessarily a mecca of packaging-free goods, Dr. Earth is a place to find items like beeswax food covers and bamboo toothbrushes. Their Newtown store has a tiny bulk refill area for laundry powder.
Toby and Rosie | tobieandrosie.com.au
Various Sydney markets
I met Toby at the Bondi Farmers Market, where he sells a variety of soaps (including shampoo bars), scrubs, and oils. He will refill essential oils upon request. Send him a note a few days prior to arrange with him.
Flame Tree Co-op | flametreecoop.blogspot.com.au
1/374 Lawrence Hargrave Dr., Thirroul, NSW
Find healthy, organic and often hyper-local food with as little waste as possible at the Flame Tree Co-op. If you stumble upon this place without your arsenal of refill containers – rejoice – for they have a pile of clean, free donated jars to reuse. Bulk food, home and laundry supplies, as well as local food organic produce. Highlights include miso, nori and oodles of noodles.
Manic Organic Wholefoods | www.manicorganic.com.au
409 Princes Highway, Woonoona, NSW, P: 02 4285 9875
A whole foods store, yoga studio, and community hub. They’ve helpfully listed the items they sell in refill on their website.
If you know of any other businesses in Sydney that offer unpackaged or refillable goods, post in the comments below.