In the last few years, we have seen the emergence of bulk buying aisles – sections within supermarkets that sell spices, snacks and other goods in large dispensers. Whilst the concept of bulk-buying is easy to grasp, it actually boasts many more benefits outside of simply just allowing consumers to purchase ingredients in larger-than-usual quantities. Let’s take a look at some compelling reasons for why we should give bulk buying a try.
Use Less Space, Create Less Waste
The term “Bulk Buying” is kind of a misnomer. True, as the name suggests, bulk supermarkets allow you to purchase things in large quantities. That said, however, you can just as easily buy groceries in smaller-than-usual quantities from these places. Packaged goods constrain you to purchasing each item in set quantities, leaving you with a dilemma after using what is needed: store the remainders and use up the limited space in the pantry or throw away perfectly fine ingredients, creating unnecessary food waste? Buying in bulk frees you up from this problem. Get exactly what the recipe requires, nothing more.
Food purchased in bulk require no packaging, advertising, etc… What this means is that we’re effectively cutting out a lot of middle men in the process of getting those goods from the producers to us the consumers. The savings from skipping these middle steps add up rather significantly. In fact, according to the Bulk is Green Council, bulk foods can cost up to 89% less than their packaged counterparts.
Try Our New Things
Packaged products make us hesitant to try new things. Buying a whole box of something is a huge commitment before even tasting or using it. What if I get an entire pack of nuts, only to find out I don’t like it after the first bite? A lot of us would rather not take the risk. At bulk stores, there’s no such problem. Buy new things in smaller quantities first to try them out. If you like them, buy more. If you don’t, no harm done, nothing wasted.
Do Your Part For The Environment
The world creates millions of tons of food packaging every year, much of which is plastic (37% in the EU, for example). Add to this the fact that only ⅓ of of plastic packaging is recycled and we start to realize that packaged grocery is a huge culprit in the plastic pollution problem. Bulk buying is a sustainable alternative as it takes single-use packaging out of the equation. Bring your own bags and containers, fill them up with whatever items you want, and leave happy knowing you created no waste.
Get Fresher Ingredients
Popular bulk stores tend to have a quicker turnover of goods. What this means is that items get sold and replenished more frequently. This ensures that only the newest and freshest groceries and goods are available.
For things that don’t expire quickly, buying in bulk means making less trips to the supermarket. On top of this, buying in bulk also means ditching packaging and therefore less time dealing with the disposal of all the trash accumulated from grocery shopping.
Shifting your grocery game to completely “bulk” requires a lot of commitment to the cause and doesn’t happen overnight, but like all things in life, it starts with a first step. So invest in a tote or a jar today, head out to the nearest bulk store to you and try it out by buying one snack. Go from there. With all the benefits that come with buying in bulk, it’ll all be worth it in the end.