5 Best sustainable stores in the Klang Valley to start your zero-waste journey
Say no to waste
You may have seen the hashtags #7DaysForClimate and #ClimateKita trending all over social media in efforts to raise awareness. In light of the recent calls to be more environmentally conscious, various companies have made the change towards reducing unnecessary waste and utilising all resources possible.
While it’s easy to blame large corporations for producing excessive waste, we as individual consumers also bear the responsibility for our own environmental efforts. Malaysia is one of the largest importers of plastic waste in the world. Coupled with the fact that we also produce approximately 38,000 tonnes of waste every day, it's imperative for us to make choices that are more sustainable.
To help you navigate the local sustainability scene, we’ve compiled a list of stores that will support you in living a zero-waste lifestyle.
Founded by Claire Sancelot, The Hive is regarded as the first zero-waste store in Malaysia—credited with starting a movement that was much needed in the country. They currently have branches in Bangsar, TTDI, and Intermark KL. The Hive offers a wide range of products ranging from bulk whole foods options to cleaning, personal care and lifestyle products.
Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm
Contact: 03 2202 0707
Address: 92A, Lorong Maarof, Bangsar, 59000 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm
Contact: 03 2181 2298
Address: Lot C-01, The Intermark Mall, Jalan Tun Razak Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur
Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Contact: 03 2389 7007
Address: 4A, Level, 1, Jalan Tun Mohd Fuad 1, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 60000 Kuala Lumpur
Formerly known as BYOB Damansara Kim, KitaRefill is a store that specialises in cleaning products such as detergent, dishwashing soap, and shower gel. KitaRefill not only wants to reduce plastic waste, they also ensure their products don’t harm the environment. The next time you run out of cleaning supplies, head over to KitaRefill at their location in Damansara Kim with your empty bottles.
Opening Hours: 9:30am to 6pm (weekdays) / 9:30am to 4pm (weekends)
Contact: 012 245 5480
Address: Jalan SS 20/11, Damansara Kim, 47400 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Nude the Zero Waste Store
Nude the Zero Waste Store is another gem for those who want to embody the zero-waste lifestyle. Much like The Hive, they carry a wide range of products to cover every aspect of your life at their shop in Section 19, Petaling Jaya. For those who often cook, their product list boasts a huge selection of foods to stock up your pantry and spice cabinet.
Opening Hours: 11am to 5pm (Tuesday to Sunday)
Contact: 011 3773 9639
Address: 11A (Ground Floor), Jalan 19/29, Seksyen 19, 46300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
A Bit Less Bulk Store
A Bit Less Bulk Store wants to create a platform for people to only buy what is necessary. They try to source most of their food products locally, to support local businesses and reduce their carbon footprint. Their only branch is located in Kepong, but they do offer delivery within Malaysia for purchases made through their website.
Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm
Contact: 010 231 1237
Address: 17, Jalan Ambong 3, Kepong Baru, 52100 Kuala Lumpur
Meko is a sustainable lifestyle brand that sells products such as collapsible straws, bamboo toothbrushes, facial pads, and bamboo cutlery. They currently don’t have a brick-and-mortar store, but they do sell their products on Shopee. Go on their very aesthetic Instagram page to view their cute products.
For more on leading a sustainable lifestyle, click here.