In 2008, Emma and Heath Daly opened The Raw Kitchen, Australia’s first wholly raw-vegan commercial venue. Now the couple runs what it believes is the country’s first waste-free store, Zero. It makes a zero-waste lifestyle accessible and beautiful.
The venue makes use of the ample space in its light-filled former warehouse. Its upstairs mezzanine floor includes a yoga studio and hosts workshops, weddings and functions. The plant-based restaurant and bar is downstairs, as is the retail store.
The team scrutinises the products it stocks and checks for ethical manufacturing practices. The shop also avoids products that use chemicals and toxins and that are single-use. It has asked is suppliers to swap plastic packaging and styrofoam peanuts for paper and other biodegradable alternatives.
In situations where no better option exists, Zero has made some compromises – the plastic top on a glass spray bottle, for instance.
The retail store is part of an open-plan bazaar with a long, impressive table showcasing pink salt lamps, handmade local goods, eco wares and woven baskets. The range includes home and garden essentials as well as children’s and baby items.
In addition to browsing Western Australia’s largest retail range of waste-free items, shoppers will soon be able to bring their own containers and purchase bulk beauty items and cleaning products.