Eco-friendly Shops in Malaysia | Going zero-waste* is becoming a pretty trendy topic nowadays. The social media hashtag #BYOB is climbing up in regards of popularity. It stands for ‘Bring Your Own Bag (or Bottle)’. In today’s article, Sainttraffic wants to introduce you to four Malaysian eco-friendly stores/store chains. Bring your own bags and containers whenever you buy goods there …
(1) NUDE – zero waste store
The staff at NUDE stocks everything into reusable stainless steel, copper and glass containers. That includes edible goods, home and personal care products. You can get dried dates, nuts and spices, treats for dogs and cats … you name it. And everything is reasonably priced. Example: 250g of walnuts. At NUDE you currently pay RM15.50 (=RM6.20 per 100g). Compare it with TESCO Malaysia: 100g = RM8.90
Address: 11A, Jalan 19/29, Seksyen 19, Petaling Jaya, 46300
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm
Phone: 011 3773 9639
(2) The HIVE
These three stores are stocked with many of the vital items your home needs. Of course it got dry goods such as coffee, tea, salt, sugar but also butter and cooking oil; they also have a range of bath, laundry and cleaning supplies – all which contribute no waste or are compost-friendly.
Claire Sancelot is an environmental activist behind The Hive. She initially started her eco-journey in Hong Kong. Since moving to Malaysia, Claire has opened up The Hive, zero-waste, lifestyle and produce shops in Kuala Lumpur. Check out featured products online here -> HIVE online shop
Address in Bangsar: 92A, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar Park, 59000
Opening Hours: 9am-7pm
Phone: 03 2202 0707
Ampang: 1F, Hock Choon Supermarket, 241 Jalan Ampang, 50450
Opening Hours: 10am-7pm (Sunday only until 6pm)
Phone: 011 11443887
Petaling Jaya: Natural Marketplace 39, Jln SS 2/64, SS 2, 47300
Opening Hours: 9am-7pm
Phone: 011 37002117 (WhatsApp only)
(3) BYOB – Bring your own bottle
Detergent cocktails by the barrel – that’s what you get in a BYOB shop. BYOB is a concept detergent store that encourages people to refill their empty detergent bottles instead of purchasing a new one and throwing away more plastic. Here, they practice the so-called “3R” concept: Reuse, Reduce and Recycle.
BYOB has several outlets in both, East and West Malaysia. Each store serves up laundry detergent, car care products, floor, kitchen and natural bath soaps. Main mission: educate the Malaysian society about the danger of plastic pollution and to help saving money. Yes, you did read this right. BYOB shops are cheaper because you don’t pay extra for plastic.
The award winning BYOB Green Concepts Sdn Bhd commenced its business in 2011. Today it runs shops in Kajang, Petaling Jaya, Sarawak and Pahang.
(4) BLISS – cafe and zero waste store
Imagine walking into a cafe in KL’s Chinatown, only to find a little nook in a cafe, resembling a rustic apothecary. Jars are stacked neatly upon salvaged shelves and tables. Like any zero waste place, you need to bring your own bags and containers if you are looking to purchase items from the BLISS shop – may it be soaps, shampoos or detergent powder.
Address: 55 Jln Sultan (Mingle Cafe), Kuala Lumpur, 50000
Opening Hours: 11am-7pm
Phone: 011 1164 2900
*Zero Waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. The goal is for no trash to be sent to landfills, incinerators, or the ocean. Currently, only 9% of plastic is actually recycled. ther words: it’s a long grind towards a circular economy where we completely write trash out of existence.