By shopping at bulk food stores you will reduce both your packaging waste and also your food waste. Buying in bulk eliminates the need for fancy packaging & single-use plastic. Australians generate over 40 million tonnes of waste per year and are one of the highest waste producers in the world! Making the switch to buying in bulk will make a dramatic impact on your weekly waste and encourage you to be more mindful about your consumption choices in general.
Bulk goods require less overall transportation because there are less packaging components that must be produced and transported prior to being filled. The transportation of bulk products is more efficient because they can be packed more densely on a truck in large sacks and boxes as opposed to individually packaged items.
Generally speaking buying in bulk is cheaper. You are not paying for excess packaging so you should find it cheaper than buying similar items at the supermarket. Without the fancy branding that companies charge for, buying in bulk means you are getting nothing but the product- pure and simple!
When you buy in bulk you can scoop out exactly how much you need so there is no food waste. If a recipe requires 250gms of quinoa then you can measure and buy exactly that- rather than buy a kilo bag that may gather dust in your kitchen cupboard! Being able to buy in bulk also gives you the versatility to try new products as you can sample small sizes of them before investing in more. With no minimum purchase of anything in store, you can also buy small quantities of various items to make up things like your own granola or muesli- so you can be more creative in the kitchen!
Because you can buy exactly what you need, you will no longer have old packets of half-used products sitting in the cupboard! You can therefore benefit from the freshest produce. Popular bulk food stores like The Source have a high stock turnover, which means you are always buying the freshest products. The stores are temperature controlled so the stock is kept at its optimal temperature and cool enough to eliminate the threat of bacteria or pests.
Buying in bulk helps you to think about your food waste and the amount of packaging being used. Before you know it you will be thinking of ways to shop more conscientiously in every aspect of your life! Even things like buying almonds in bulk and making your own almond milk can eliminate unnecessary packaging. Becoming an aware shopper makes a huge difference to the planet and also encourages and inspires those around you to make changes in their own lifestyle!
The manufacture of materials for packaging pulls trees from our forests, dumps contaminated water into our streams and uses enormous amounts of energy resulting in huge levels of CO2 emissions been pumped into our atmosphere! Plastic is a huge environmental threat right now as it is contaminating our world quicker than ever before. Saying no to plastic and packaging is making a big stand for the type of world you want to see. Bulk food stores like The Source are also passionate about sourcing organic produce, locally made produce and fair trade products. These items are all more sustainable in their very nature and place far less stress on the world and the people growing and harvesting these products.
In todays fast paced world there is a huge need to get back to basics- to keep things as simple as possible and to get back to ‘The Source’. This is what shopping at bulk food stores is all about! It is shopping the old-fashioned way and keeping things simple. Cooking from scratch like our grandmothers used to and eliminating over processed and packaged products is a more authentic, rewarding and nourishing way to live.
The Source Bulk Foods employs naturopaths, nutritionists and passionate foodies so you can always have a chat & ask about the food you are buying. With all the new health food products on the market now it can be intimidating to know the difference between chia or quinoa and maca powder and mesquite powder so there is someone experienced in-store that you can ask. Combine this with scooping out goodies from bulk food bins and you have an interactive grocery shopping experience. This gives you a real relationship with your food. It is all about nourishing your body, caring for the planet and setting up practices in your day to day life that have a positive and far reaching effects on the world around you.
So for a fun shopping experience that is better for you, your family and the environment, try shopping at a bulk food store. Its a great way to save money, whilst purchasing fresher foods and cutting down on household waste.