Going zero waste is no longer just a lifestyle for bloggers: it's a widespread practice. At Still Good, we believe that there can never be too much information about reducing waste by buying in bulk. So here's our little rundown on the subject.
1. A wide variety of products to discover
When you think of buying in bulk, the first thing that comes to mind is Masson jars filled with ingredients. Well, that's pretty most common, indeed! However, food isn’t the only thing you can put in your containers.
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- Food: various nut butters, fresh and dried fruits, granola, legumes, spices, tofu, etc.
- Beverages: tea, coffee, hot chocolate, kombucha, etc.
- Body products: creams, toothpaste, deodorant, nail polish remover, etc.
- Household items: cleaners (bathroom, windows, etc.), laundry detergent, etc.
2. The biggest advantage of bulk buying
What are the advantages of buying in bulk? Where to begin... First of all, it helps preserve the environment. Buying in bulk gives a second life to yogurt containers, resealable bags of frozen fruit, etc. No need for store-bought glass jars... you can avoid packaging without spending a penny.
Secondly, you actually reduce your personal waste. Before you go to the store, write out your grocery list, choose the size of container or bag according to the quantity of the ingredient you really need... so you won't find yourself, months later, with rancid nuts or whole-wheat flour that will up in the garbage.
Don’t hesitate to try new things! You wouldn't buy half a pound of textured vegetable protein or a whole bottle of camelina oil without even knowing if you’re going to like it. Bulk encourages exploration in the kitchen! Buy a smaller portion and try it out !
Last but not least, bulk products are often part of a global responsible consumption approach. Therefore, choosing bulk allows you to encourage both zero waste and local and organic food.
3. Tips for buying in bulk
Buying in bulk can seem daunting when you don't know your way around. At Still Good, we know that sharing tips is the key to a sustainable bulk approach.
Our top 5 Tips
- Consider the bulk options available in supermarket chains.
- Talk to your butcher, cheese shop, etc. Many accept reusable containers for take-out.
- Consider the weight of the containers and products to be transported before you leave home.
- Carry a cloth or a rag to wipe your jars if necessary.
- Reduce your waste progressively by using bulk to change your habits.
4. A wide selection of stores
There are plenty of zero-waste grocery stores in Quebec, especially in Montreal. You'll quickly find your favourite stop by giving a try to a few of them.
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And so many more!
Go ahead, gather up your containers and explore your neighbourhood in search of the bulk products that will inspire you in the kitchen.
Find out where you can buy Still Good products, in bulk or prepacked in their compostable bags.
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