Apr 4, 2022
Are you curious about bulk buying but aren’t sure of the benefits? Well grab your reusable container or compostable bulk bag because you’re about to discover an economical, waste free option for buying many of your staple products .
Bulk food purchases are often cheaper than buying packaged goods. Some bulk foods also don’t require as much packaging and can be sold cheaper. When you buy in bulk you can scoop out the right amount so there is no food waste, and you will save money when you purchase the exact amount you need.
Close to 40% of the plastic generated in the world is for packaging purposes. Buying in bulk removes the need for unnecessary packaging and single-use plastic, so you’re only buying the yummy food, and not the excess packaging. By making the switch to buying in bulk, you will make a drastic impact on your weekly household waste.
Did you know that Community Natural Foods switched to compostable bulk bags back in March of 2020 and since that time we’ve been able to divert 1.2 million plastic bags from the landfill. And that’s not counting the impact of those who bring their own containers.
Bulk goods require less overall transportation because there are less packaging components that must be produced and transported before 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 smaller, individually packaged items (did you know that most chip packets are actually 75% air!).
Flexibility to Try Something New
Being able to buy in bulk also gives you the flexibility to try new products as you can sample small portions before investing in more. With no minimum purchase of anything in store, you can also buy small quantities of different items to make up recipes or mixes like your own spice blends, granola or teas – that means you can let your creativity shine in the kitchen!
We sell a lot of bulk foods, so you know the items in our bins haven't been sitting around long enough to go stale. Plus, everything here follows our food ingredient standards so you can trust there are no hidden artificial ingredients or hydrogenated oils.
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! But most of all, you’re also voting with your dollars for a more sustainable food supply chain.
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