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The Health Emporium: an organic Bondi grocer that screams sustainability

Found in Sydney’s Bondi, this wholesome grocery store is ideal for the health-conscious and respectful of the planet.

Shopping made interesting

Grocery shopping in Sydney doesn’t have to be a hassle. At The Health Emporium, buying your edible essentials is more like a little adventure that starts the moment you walk through the doors. Wandering the aisles, find vibrant colours jumping out from the shelves and find healthy and innovative products on all sides. Hear the bustle of shoppers as they go about their shopping errands and soak up the unmistakable enthusiasm for health food that resonates from all corners. It’s easy to get sucked into the passionate atmosphere here and become infatuated with the vast selection of high-quality produce. And what’s the harm in a store with such rigorous health and sustainability standards?

Credit: The Health Emporium, Bondi

Organic and mindfully sourced

In fact, the great thing about shopping at The Health Emporium is just that: you can relax in the knowledge that everything is certified organic and mindfully selected to the store’s standards. This bustling Bondi shop stocks organic fruit and vegetables, bakery goods, tofu, fresh juices, vegan-alternative products, dairy, wild-caught fish, sourdough breads, organic meats, grains, cereals, nuts, beans and a whole lot more. On top of that, a carefully selected array of body care supplies, cosmetics, natural cleaning products and vitamins ensure that you don’t have to go shop anywhere else. This was your Sydney ‘one-stop-shop’. 

If you’re not looking for groceries, head to The Health Emporium for a superfood smoothie or fresh juice at the organic cafe and juice bar. An array of nourishing treats await you and the cafe’s famous Cocowhip coconut soft serve is unparalleled on hot summer days. This is the most health-conscious and wholesome of cafes in Bondi. 

Credit: The Health Emporium, Bondi

Sustainability in store 

Aggressively maintaining their healthy message, The Health Emporium also attacks sustainability issues head-on. The store has an eco-friendly attitude and takes measures to look after the planet, reducing its waste and carbon footprint. In practice, this includes a number of things. 

Composting 100% of fruit and vegetables scraps allows for suppliers from Taluca Park eggs to feed their chickens. Feeding the very chickens that supply their eggs adds a circular element to the store’s practices. Coffee grinds from the organic cafe are kept aside and delivered to Transition Bondi; an organisation that works to educate the community about gardening and sustainability. The grinds are composted by Transition Bondi and used to nurture local community gardens. 

Credit: The Health Emporium, Bondi

The Health Emporium has also impressively chosen the bulk option when it comes to purchasing produce. In other words, bring own jars, boxes and bags and you can fill up your own containers. If you forget yours, purchase a glass jar or container in store. Unfortunately, despite opting for bulk sales, it is inevitable that some products with plastic packaging are stocked. In order to ensure that this is sustainably disposed of, the store recycles all plastic. Meanwhile, cling wrap has been eliminated and plant-based wrapping is used when necessary. A similar waste-reducing concept is practised at the cafe, where bringing your own cup qualifies for a 50c discount. 

Just when you thought that was a lot of eco-friendly action, The Health Emporium in Bondi also runs off its own 79 solar panels. Investing in renewable energy certainly puts this trendy spot a cut above the rest.

Community support

As well as striving to maintain a low carbon footprint and reducing waste, The Health Emporium also works closely with the local community in Bondi. Bondi Wayside Community Centre provides care and support to those living on the streets and also offers low-cost meals, legal support, showers and toiletries and more. Assisting with their mission, The Health Emporium provides weekly fresh produce deliveries for the organisation’s breakfast preparation.

Credit: The Health Emporium, Bondi

Paying for what you believe in can be an empowering and very effective way of realising positive change in a local community. Whilst this can often be hard to put into practice – especially when travelling – The Health Emporium in Bondi is an example of a business that will do anything to help you out. Whether you’re a Sydney local or visitor to the Bondi area, opting for The Health Emporium allows for you to shop with confidence and put your money where your mouth is. 

Where?

Website: https://www.healthemporium.com.au

Address: 263/265 Bondi Rd, Bondi NSW 2026

When?

Monday – Friday | 8am – 7pm

Jessica Beaumont
Noticing the footprints left behind by travellers in the countries she has lived in and loved, Jessica found her calling in the sustainable travel niche. Aside from writing, Jessica is found exploring the Adelaide Hills for good views and delectable wines, dancing, taking leisurely walks on the beach and trying to make friends with dogs.