I recently found myself having a good old Instagram binge, looking through #zerowastesouthafrica. I am so excited about how many options there are out there in zero waste shops, as well as shops creating dedicated zero waste grocery sections. It got me thinking back to April 2017, when Rhian of Eco Atlas, Haley of Rethink the Bag and Noleen of Food & Trees for Africa and I were in flat panics organising Bea Johnsons zero waste tour of South Africa, wondering what on earth I had gotten us into!
I often say yes to doing things without giving it too much thought. Then I have mild bouts of panic most of the way through, maybe even have a few sleepless nights, yet once it is done, I never regret it and it generally works out fairly well. Most of the time!
That was just 2 years ago, and there was not really much about at all in terms of zero waste shops. Well, these zero waste shops are popping up all over South Africa now, it’s incredible. It takes a lot to keep these independent shops going, so the more we can support them, the more they will grow. Follow their social media accounts, like and share their posts, tell your friends and family about them, and if you are nearby, do your best to support them in store.
I decided to put together a list of the ones I have seen online, would love to know of any others?
The Refill Den, Suite 102, 68 Adelaide Tambo Drive, Durban
House of Bravo, Shop 1, 295 Florida Road, Durban
Azikho, Unit 15 Gregory Park, Garlicke Drive, Ballito
Good Source SA, 42 Old Main Road, Hillcrest
Low Impact Living, 12-24 Glen Road, Glencairn
Nude Foods, 5 Constitution Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town
Nude Foods, Shop 22, Montebello Design Centre, 31 Newlands Ave, Newlands
Shop Zero SA, 403 Albert Road, Woodstock
The Unpacked Pantry, 4 Sol Cohen Drive, Heathfield
Zero Waste Store, Earth Fair Market, Tokai (every 2nd Saturday)
Zero Waste Store, Daily Goods Store, 29 Palmer Rd, Muizenberg
Roots, currently crowdfunding for a shop in Northern Suburbs, Cape Town
The Refillery, Cedar Square, Fourways.
Replenish Zero Waste Store, (various markets)
The Unwrapped Co, Blairgowrie, Randburg (online)
The SEK Collective, The Real Mackay Building, 7 Mackay Ave, Blairgowrie, Randburg
Waste-Not Groceries, 21 Bain Street, Richmond Hill, PE
I am sure there are many other stores in South Africa who have dedicated zero waste grocery shelves. I would love to know about them, so do use the comments below to share their details, and I will update the list and photographs.