Featured image photo credit: The Moss Natural Life
The sustainable movement has taken the world by storm and it has reached Macau. We’re slowly realizing that we only have one planet earth and that it is up to us to make a change. Be the change you want to see in the world and take the first step! Eschewing excessive packaging is one way to lessen your consumption of single-use plastic along with using reusable items. If you are looking for places to go shopping for packaging-free, eco-friendly and sustainable items in Macau, here is a good list to embark on your journey.
The Moss Natural Life
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This is a great place to buy handmade soap in Macau. The soaps are made of organic ingredients and smell lush at the same time. The Draught Beer Hair Soap is great as it is suitable for both ladies and gentlemen, and even for babies. You may also find face wash soap here that suits your skin type. Switching to soap bars eliminates unnecessary packaging and the organic ingredients used in these soaps could benefit your skin as well! Check out their Facebook page for more updates.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday, 10:30pm–6:30pm
Mai Lon Store
From cooking ingredients, dried-food, skincare to cleaning products, you can find all kinds of household products at Mai Lon. Bring your own containers and fill them up with the groceries that you need. This is an eco-friendly way of ensuring that fewer plastic packaging ends up in the environment. One thing that we particularly like is that you can bring your own empty and clean containers here for the next customer. Besides, they also stock super delicious walnuts and the storekeeper is very friendly, so do pop in to explore if you happen to be around the area.
Opening hours: Sunday–Monday, 2:00pm–7:30pm; Tuesday–Saturday, 11:00am–7:30pm
Ho Ho Market Macau
This is a beautiful boutique store with a great selection of stationery, candles, and toys. It is a hidden gem that’s amazing for gift shopping and also a wonderful place to buy shampoos without packaging. There are also shampoo bars available. We absolutely love their Bella Sapone Shampoo which is made with natural oils and has a gorgeous smell of lavender. The shop owner is also super friendly and other than sustainable shopping, you may also learn about plum winemaking at Ho Ho Market Macau.
Opening hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00am–7:30pm
Less is More
We first encountered this shop via their amazing cooking workshops. Isn’t it just amazing that you can learn about simple cooking and at the same time gain knowledge about nutrition and wellbeing? Here you may find makeup and skincare products, or even choose your desired cooking ingredients from a wide range of selections. We were especially impressed by their oil selection, which includes pumpkin seed oil which is the perfect match with vanilla ice cream and wild rosehip oil which we’re excited to try! Hop on the eco-friendly bandwagon and bring your own bottles to refill it with their lovely range of soaps too.
Opening hours: 2:00pm–7:30pm, closed on Sundays
EcoMode is a pop-up store in town and you may also spot their products in some of the stores mentioned above. Since 2017, they have been continuously sourcing affordable eco-friendly products such as reusable bags, cups, drinking straws, and other utensils. Besides, they also stock some alternatives for daily essentials such as reusable cotton pads and sanitary napkins, bamboo toothbrush, and dental floss. See, sustainable shopping in Macau is very possible!
Opening hours: Saturday, 6:00pm–10:00pm