March 28th, 2014

Take the Pledge to Love Bulk Food

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Walking up and down the bulk food aisle at your local supermarket can be somewhat intimidating and overwhelming. The sheer number of bins is mind-boggling and the choices are endless. Take your pick from bins of grains, cereals, dried fruits, nuts, spices or baking ingredients.

Buying from the bulk bins at the grocery store is a great way to save money on your food bill, but that’s not the only reason to shop the bulk bins. Here are a few more reasons to buy in bulk:

  • Get more bang for your buck
  • Bye bye wasteful packaging
  • Buy only what you need
  • Ability to test out new products without a big investment

Take the “Pledge to Love Bulk Food”

To help celebrate Earth Month this April, the Bulk is Green Council (BIG) is challenging consumers to take the pledge to “Love Bulk Foods” (foods bought from the bulk bins of a grocery store). 

Why should consumers take BIGs pledge to Love Bulk Foods?

  • If Americans purchased all of their coffee from the bulk bins for 1 month (Earth Month), 20,000,000 pounds of foil packaging would be saved from landfills. That¹s the equivalent weight of 7,667 compact cars.
  • If the average American family bought peanut butter in bulk for 1 month, 1Ž2 pound of waste per family would be saved from entering landfills.
  • If Americans purchased all of their almonds in bulk for 1 month, 6,000,000 pounds of waste would be saved from landfills. That¹s the equivalent weight of 522.5 elephants.
  • Purchasing oatmeal from the bulk bins saves 5x the waste of its packaged equivalent

What is the Pledge to Love Bulk Food?

Take the pledge to purchase bulk foods once a week during the month of April, Earth Month (remember to bring your reusable bags!). If you’re interested in taking the pledge head on over to the Love Bulk Foods pledge page and sign a digital pledge. To make it easy to get on board with foods from the bulk bins, the Bulk is Green Council has outlined week-by-week the best bulk foods to purchase during Earth Month, that also offer significant environmental benefits (check out the infographic below).

Groovy Green Livin Bulk Food Infographic

If you pledge you’re automatically entered in a drawing where winners will be selected once a week at random and receive their very own Earth Month starter kit filled with everything needed to help create a natural and organic pantry and get on board with bulk foods. The prize pack includes recycled glass storage jars and a starter kit of common/popular natural and organic bulk foods that can be found in most bulk bins of natural food co-ops and grocery stores from the following brands: SunRidge Farms, Frontier Natural Products Co-op, Lundberg Family Farms, and several other bulk brands.

Do you use bulk food bins? What are your favorite bulk foods to buy? 

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6 Responses to “Take the Pledge to Love Bulk Food”

  1. Love it! But my concern is always the plastic bags and containers. I know it ends up being less packaging that other products, but I always, for example, forget to bring back the coffee bag I used from the previous visit. And my thin cloth small reusable bags never seem to come out of the laundry. Any tips on this?

    I remember when we used to be able to bring our own containers of any kind to Harvest, and they’d weigh them before and after I filled them. Now we cannot do that at, say, Whole Foods. So I’d love some tips on keeping the reusable bulk containers (oh, and also sometimes here they end up on our recycling bin by mistake!).

    Thanks!

  2. It’s tricky Julia. I think the key is finding a system that works for you. Maybe stick your bulk food reusables inside another reusable bag that you always take to the market?

    Whole Foods will weigh the containers before and after…..ask at customer service.

  3. I love buying bulk food. I would love to see more options and in more stores than just Whole Foods in my area. I use reusable bags but it would also be great to bring you reusable glass jars that you are going to keep the food in at home… it does take an extra step at customer service every time. I would love to see system set up where Whole Foods and other stores can weigh your bags and create a coupon that you keep that can be scanned at the register that will just remove the cost of your container. It would make it so much easier for the consumer!!
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  4. […] Buy grains, nuts and other items in bulk (this also reduces waste) […]

  5. Love this and didn’t know the stats around saving all that packaging/waste! Just added this to my recent post about toxic chemicals in food packaging.
    Lindsay recently posted..Toxic chemicals in food packagingMy Profile

  6. Thanks Lindsay. Yes, the amount of waste we produce is mind-boggling.

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