4 steps to a succesful Bulk Shopping
You´ve never heard about a bulk store or a plastic free or zero waste shop?
These are shops where you can get your food and other things unpacked and plastic free and in bulk. You bring your own bags and containers, or they mostly offer paper bags for dry ingredients if you forget to bring your own. I always reuse my paper bags when I forgot to bring my own. (They offer paper bags if it's a real Zero Waste Store, normal Bulk Stores offer plastic bags mostly).
You will find them in more and more cities because the plastic free community is growing quickly.
Bulk Stores are quite usual in North America, but here it´s not about avoiding plastic, its about buying the quantity you need. You will mostly only find plastic bags to fill your goods, but mostly its ok to bring your own bags.
If you haven`t been to a bulk store you should always ask the staff how they are opreating.
The first time I didn´t really know how to buy soap or oil in my own container. Nuts and flour etc has been easy. If you have your own bags, just fill them in your bags (or in the provided paper bags) and they just weigh it a the check out.
In stores where you can bring your own glass jars, you need to tare the scale with the glass first before you put something into the glass.
With soap and oil I just went straight to the staff and asked. They just said I need to know how much oil I fill in (easy, because my bottle had the 250ml sign on there) and thats it.
So the best thing would be to messure your bottles at home how much you can fill in, mark the 100ml, 200ml, 250ml with a pen or with a knife and you´re fine. I heard about different shops has different rules, so if you explore a new shop, ask the staff, look around and find out how they manage their stuff.
4 Steps for a successful Bulk Shopping:
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I am a nature and ocean lover. A passionate runner and minimalistic traveller. On this blog I share my experiences, thoughts and ideas about the "sustainable lifestyle" and how you can stick to this while traveling.
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