Where to shop zero waste in Sydney
If you live in Sydney, there are many places to refill your nuts, grains, seeds, beans, spices, cooking liquids, baking ingredients and more. Some of the shops below offer a selection of packaging free cleaners, soaps and shampoos too. Not all of those I’ve included are bulk concept stores, but I’ve included those that offer those few useful things that make life a little less packaged.
Bulk and refill shopping stores with more than one location are listed first. Scroll down for shops in specific areas, which are often the independents and co-ops. Click on the name of each business to visit their website for trading hours. If you have your heart set on something specific – say, rose petals – call ahead to check, as stock fluctuates.
Refill stores with multiple locations across Sydney and NSW
Many of the chains are rapidly growing so I’m listing them once as you can go to their main website to search for a shop nearest you.
The Source offers 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
Bondi Junction, Newtown, Glebe, Cronulla, Canberra + market appearances
You’ll find basic and specialty flours, grains and cereals, dried fruit, spices, nuts, teas, snack foods, oils and vinegars. Mostly organic. Also try their unpackaged soaps for home, body and laundry. For DIYers, many locations carry bentonite clay, activated charcoal and xylitol and some carry liquid castile soap, beeswax and candellila wax, jojoba and argan oils, shea butter and a few other goodies.
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 tap where you can refill 1L glass bottles, a discount imperfect produce section, a loose tomato buffet and a selection of delicious unpackaged Bread and Butter Project sourdough.
Scoop Wholefoods | scoopwholefoods.com.au
Bondi Beach, Mona Vale, and Mosman
Scoop stores are a well-organized foodie heaven, with most of 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.
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.
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.
Flannerys Organic Market | flannerys.com.au
Bondi Junction, Cronulla, Crows Nest, Mona Vale, Gymea, Engadine
A rapidly growing organic grocery chain from Queensland with flours, nuts, legumes, dried fruit and more that you can refill in your own containers.
Green Valley Spices | www.greenvalleyspices.com
Locations throughout Western Sydney, and at Royal Randwick Shopping Centre
Stock up on smoked paprika, adobo or juniper berries at Green Valley Spices, who are happy to refill your own containers. They also have a great selection of loose-leaf black and herbal teas, plus snacks and nuts you can buy unpackaged.
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 unpackaged beeswax tealights and bamboo toothbrushes.
Eastern Suburbs zero waste shopping
Chains listed above, plus the following independents and coops:
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.
The Health Emporium | healthemporium.com.au
263-265 Bondi Road, Bondi
A health food store with a mid-sized bulk wall stocked with nuts, seeds, cereals and grains, Australian olive oil, mirin, tamari and sesame oil, plus treats like matcha and staples like cinammon powder. Liquids for home and laundry save you money over the same brand in packaging.
Iggy’s Bread | www.iggysbread.com
145d Macpherson Street, Bronte
BYO bottle to refill dairy milk, 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!
Rhubarb Food Coop | rhubarbfood.org.au
Barrett House, #6 Barrett Place, Randwick
This coop offers organic veggie boxes for collection on Thursdays as well as bulk buys of dry goods in paper rather than plastic.
Greens ‘n’ Reds | Facebook page
3 Meagher Ave, Maroubra, NSW
This gem of an organic grocer in South Maroubra offers organic produce and a good selection of staple foods in bulk bins. You can also refill shampoo, conditioner, and cleaning products.
The Drink Hive | www.thedrinkhive.com.au
5/61 Mentmore Avenue Rosebery NSW
The Drink Hive features local artisan beer, wine and spirits and a decent organic wine section. They offer three growler refill options and two wine refill options.
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).
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.
Bondi Beach Cellars | Facebook page
0 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.
Inner West Sydney zero waste shopping
Chains listed above, plus the following independents and coops:
Village Wholefoods | www.facebook.com/pg/VillageWholefoods
123 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, NSW
A down to earth bulk foods store with a well-priced range of organic and non-organic grains, flours, nuts, sugars, cereal ingredients, teas, oils and vinegars. They have my favourite ImportAnts coconut scrubbers, wax wraps and metal straws. A gold coin scores you your own reusable produce bag made by Boomerang Bag volunteers from upcycled fabrics. This is also a TerraCycle collection point for beauty and dental products, and recently they’ve added a cookbook library.
This cozy co-op has been in existence longer than I have, and offers a selection of personal care and household cleaners plus so many great food items, like nori and noodles. Amongst the comprehensive bulk offerings are hard-to-find-in-bulk milk, castile soap, sunscreen, white vinegar, sprouting seeds, and asian cooking liquids. They now carry bulk goat feta. 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, Darlington
I 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. They also offer weekly fruit and veg boxes during semester.
Marrickville Markets | www.facebook.com/MarrickvilleMarket
142 Addison Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
On Sundays from 9 – 3pm, the Marrickville Organic Food Markets is the place to be for fresh unpackaged produce, olives, cured meats, breads and staple bulk foods (the fellows who run the stall are happy for you to BYO containers). It’s one of the best markets in Sydney, so plan to slow down and enjoy the surrounds, eat a meal. Maybe pop into Reverse Garbage while you’re there.
North Sydney and Northern Beaches zero waste shopping
Refer to the chains listed at the top of this page (there are lots in this area!), and also the following:
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. One of the few spots to get bulk tofu and dairy milk on tap.
ReEarth Refill | www.reearthrefill.com.au
Markets in Warriewood & Turramura
Earth friendly and refillable home cleaning and beauty products. Find ReEarth Refill at The Beaches Market, 1472 Pittwater Rd, Warriewood, and Turra Produce Market, 1 Karuah Rd, Karuah Park, Turramurra. Check instagram or their website for trading hours and info on pop up appearances.
Horn of Plenty | hopaus.com.au
Shop 42, Concourse, Chatswood Interchange, 436 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood, NSW
A variety of dried fruits, chocolates, nuts, grains, soy products from local Australian producers.
Southern Sydney and Sutherland Shire zero waste shopping
Refer to the chains listed at the top of this page, plus the below options:
Southern Sydney Food Collective | www.southernsydneyfoodcollective.com
Various pick up locations and markets in the Sutherland Shire
Join a growing local community to bulk buy healthy, organic whole foods and household items. This collective runs several group buys for fresh foods, pantry and household staples monthly.
Western Sydney and Blue Mountains zero waste shopping
Refer to the chains listed at the top of this page, plus these independent shops:
Green Hills Organic Eco Store | greenhillsorganics.com.au
4/328 Windsor St, Richmond NSW
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.
Blue Mountains Food Coop | bmfoodcoop.org.au
Ha’Penny Lane, Katoomba NSW P: 02 4782 5890
Tucked in an alley off Katoomba’s main drag, you’ll find the Blue Mountains Food Coop. They carry grains, flours, teas, nuts, snacks (including corn chips) and chocolates are sold for refill. A comprehensive wall of cooking liquids like molasses, oils and apple cider vinegar, plus a refrigerated section with bulk miso. The coop also features locally grown produce. Kitty corner is a second shopfront stocked with beeswax, citric acid, clays and shea butter plus home and body refills, a large variety of biodegradable cleaning tools and market baskets. .
Lyttleton Stores | www.lyttletonstores.com.au
1 Badgery Crescent Lawson NSW P: 02 4759 3478
Bulk and produce store and so much more. This is a community hub, garden and workshop space designed with permaculture principles.
South Coast NSW zero waste shopping
Refer to the chains listed at the top of this page, plus these excellent options:
Flame Tree Co-op | flametreecoop.blogspot.com.au
355 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 hyper local 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 stumble across any other zero waste friendly places (or operate one) in the greater Sydney area, post in the comments below or send me a note.