Have you heard of the word ‘zero waste’? Plenty of our daily-used items are pre-packaged in plastic, paper or even polystyrene. Here’s a little infographic of the world’s top dump site for plastic waste — and honestly, we are fearful of what’s to come.
But where can we shop around Malaysia for package-free items? Here are our picks of where to buy bulk food, sustainable and reusable stainless steel straws, bamboo toothbrushes and plastic-free and organic products.
1. NUDE The Zero Waste Store, Petaling Jaya
Sells everything from edible goods, household goods (and life), even for your little furry pets, offering em “No salt and no preservatives! at affordable prices and with zero plastic packaging! Purchasing bulk in this store definitely saves you tons of cash in the long run.
Address: 3G, Jalan 19/29, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya
Hours: 11 am to 7 pm daily.
Contact: 03-7498 0488
2. BYOB (Bring your own bottle), Petaling Jaya
BYOB in Damansara Kim is making household chores cheaper and kinder for the environment, creating a difference in the society. They offer eco-friendly detergent and all you have to do is pay for what you need! Not to mention, their main mission is to educate society on eliminating unnecessary waste of plastic and encouraging zero waste lifestyle as the direction for a greener living. BYOB is located at the East and West Malaysia, offering more than laundry detergent such as car care products, floor, kitchen and natural bath soaps.
Address: 15, Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm daily.
Contact: 012-245 5480
3. The Hive Bulk Foods, Bangsar
This hub of good living was started by a mom who is passionate about living green and providing solutions for sustainable living. The Hive offers bulk whole foods (local and imported) such as homemade food spreads, biscuits, oils, seasoning and baking condiments. The best part is that they cater for vegans, organic food followers and gluten intolerances. The Hive also holds weekly workshops on healthy zero waste living, for those wanting to learn how to cook organic dishes, make their own compost, or create homemade facial masks. And there’s an edible garden where you can learn how to plant your own vegetable garden.
Address: 16 Jalan Telawi 9, Bangsar Baru, Kuala Lumpur
Hours: 9 am to 6 pm daily.
Zero waste lifestyle is a big step in the green living direction, it does not happen over night or like magic. It takes effort combined with our every small decision in using plastic bags, straws, take-away plastic box or carton cups.
In our honest opinion :
Re-use things as much as possible. The numerous plastic containers we buy can be re-used for storage.
Recycle as much as you can. Not just your clothes, paper, but also furniture. Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
Reduce dependence on plastic items. Go for sustainable material replacements for everyday plastic items like eco bamboo toothbrush
One for all. All for one – Purchase single multipurpose soap for the family to use 🙂