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 needed to take some because 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.
They also have bulk options in normal supermarkets. But you will mostly only find plastic bags to fill your goods, but I had no problems with bringing/using my own bags.
They mostly just won't/can't subtract the weigh of your bags (either they don't know how, or the scale at check out is not made for that?).
That's why I only use my lightest bags for bulk shopping in normal supermarkets. If you like to get something from the deli/salad bar you should bring a lightweight plastic container, or just reuse the ones they have in the supermarket. Because they can't/won't subtract the weight from your container or even don't allow private container.
If you haven`t been to a bulk store you should always ask the staff how they are operating.
Sometimes you weigh your jars and bags yourself, sometimes the staff is doing so.
Some shops sell liquids in ml, others in gram.
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.
4 Steps for a successful Bulk Shopping:
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