Going Green: A guide to Zero-Waste Grocery Shopping in Bali Published in Bali Pure Living
Moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle can be a daunting prospect. But with eco-minded grocery stores springing up online and across the island, it’s easier — and more affordable — than you might think to move a little closer. Here’s our pick of the Bali retailers leading the way.
Where: Kerobokan & Seseh
Photo: Zero Waste Bali
Mum of two Silvija Rumiha started her zero-waste journey in 2011 after being gobsmacked by mountains of plastic clogging up Bali’s waterways. Today, she runs Bali’s original bulk food store in a bid to help sustain the planet for future generations. Promising plastic-free shopping, the store stocks a competitively priced range of organic fruit and vegetables, vegan milks and cheeses, and local deli meats. Bring your own glass jars to top up on pantry staples like pulses, grains, pasta, olive oil, and nuts, or buy one of their reusable ones. Shop in-store or order online and take advantage of their free delivery across Bali.
Unique buy: Zero-waste starter packs filled with earth-friendly products, from beeswax wrap to bamboo cotton buds and reusable makeup remover pads.
Where: Canggu & Umalas
Photo: Alive Wholefoods
Working with eco-minded producers like Little Spoon Farm in Tabanan, this family-run store is a go-to for seasonal, spray-free fruits and vegetables. Banana leaves replace plastic packaging, and any organic waste is composted and donated back to the farmers for use in the fields. Dried fruits, legumes, spices and more are sold from hoppers, and there’s a good selection of vegan cheeses and alternatives — all at fair prices. Unlike other similar retailers, the owners here stock both local and imported Australian meat, focusing on animal welfare and quality above all.
Photo: Bali Direct
Probably Bali’s most comprehensive online grocery store, Bali Direct caters to vegans, meat eaters, gluten-free diets and more. Their user-friendly platform showcases more than 150 island producers, including TreeNut Cheezery (vegan cheeses), Bali Sustainable Seafood, and Bali Highland Organik (free-range farm and pork). Delivery is free and items arrive at your door beautifully packed in banana leaves, paper, and glass jars — reuse or return for a discount on your next shop. If you have a pet, you’ll love their selection of goodies and products, from lactose-free dog gelato to all-natural shampoo.
Unique buy: Can’t decide on dinner? Try one of their healthy Bali Box meal kits. Delivered with exactly the right ingredients to cook for two or four, they keep food waste to a minimum.
Where: Ubud, Batubulan, Bukit, Kerobokan, Canggu, Renon
Photo: Bali Buda
Bali Buda’s vegan-grocery-store-cum-café concept has been going strong for 26 years. And while the product selection isn’t as varied as others (order online for the full range), it’s a great place to pick up superfoods, supplements, and vegan condiments after lunch. The cafés follow a slow food concept and the menu spans organic salads, homemade soups, healthy wraps, and freshly baked breads and cakes (gluten-free options available). In collaboration with Eco Bali recycling, around 90 percent of waste is recycled or composted, and each outlet has a small recycling centre that allows customers to return their packaging.