The zero-waste, plastic-free revolution is here, and it's time to get the hell on board.
Whether you’ve finally purchased a reusable coffee cup (locally thrown and painted pottery, perhaps?), ditched straws for good or taken your own bag to the grocery store twice in one week (kudos), every small action makes a difference. If you’re feeling ready to kick things up a notch, below are some of our favourite plastic-free produce stores in Brisbane (and beyond).
Here's where to shop plastic-free in Brisbane.
The Source Bulk Foods
Whether you’re exploring waste-free living for the first time or already committed to the cause, The Source Bulk Foods should definitely be on your list. Doing away with all single-use packaging and actively supporting the waste-free movement, The Source Bulk Foods encourages you to BYO reusable containers and packaging as you meander through aisles stocking with all manner of wholefoods. We have four words for you: bulk chocolate-coated strawberries.
Belmondos Organic Market
Part marketplace, part cafe, Belmondos Organic Marketplace is an award-winning market specialising in local produce, organic foods and general well-being. Their veritable behemoth line-up of brands includes an impressive (and hunger-inducing) range of artisan producers and wholesalers, including Tanglewood Organic Sourdough Bakery, Voodoo Bacon and award-winning specialty coffee roastery, Clandestino Coffee Roasters. By keeping the focus on good-quality brands that actively adopt sustainable practices, this little emporium makes it easier to go plastic-free without sacrificing taste. Win/win.
The thing about Naked Foods is the name kind of gives it away a bit. They're passionate about completely doing away with modern processing in packaging, opting for “naked foods” direct from nature, wrapped in nothing. Naked Foods has been an integral part of the nude food revolution, opting for brown paper bags that have a minimal impact on our environment. Extra bonus, customers are rewarded for zero-waste efforts and given a 5% discount whenever they bring their own packaging (score!). Good for the environment and good for your bank account. We think that means you can grab a raw slice as a special treat…
Maple Street Co-op
Just out of Brisbane in the township of Maleny, Maple Street Co-op is a big favourite among locals. The Maple Street Co-op has been slinging local, organic products since 1979, while also supporting and educating the wider community. How wholesome is that? They work tirelessly to promote healthy and sustainable living, and only sell foods and goods that support organic production and social and environmental sensitivity. All this while also being affordable to Co-op members and the community! Plus, we’d be lying if we said we didn’t enjoy the opportunity for a day trip to Maleny…
Flannerys are no newbie when it comes to organic wholefoods and sustainable practices. Operating along the east coast for more than 30 years, they've become a staple for anyone who's adopted a waste-free way of living. They’ve partnered with local farmers for organic produce and meats, as well as wellness professionals, to create your one-stop-shop for all things sustainable. Also, be sure to peep their website for their latest bulk order specials.
Kunara Organic Marketplace
It’s not just the on-site cafe at Kunara that makes us wacky for them. From their suppliers through to the product line, Kunara takes the sustainable living brief and runs with it. Kunara encourages their clientele to adopt their philosophy of “only buy what you need”, and actively offer ways for shoppers to rid their shopping bags and pantry of plastic products. Offering a spectacular range of organic wholefoods and goods (such as cacao powder, Himalayan salt and organic turmeric powder), this market is definitely one to check out. Take a tip from us and make sure you also swing by the cafe for a vegan brekky roll.
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