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The Source Bulk Foods: zero waste shopping

04/08/2017 12:43 PM

The Source Bulk Foods (TSBF) are all about zero waste, with their concept: “Buy as much or as little as you like” and encouraging customers to shop consciously by bringing in their own jars and containers. TSBF was founded in Mullumbinby, NSW by husband and wife duo Emma Smith and Paul Medeiros. After seeing the amount of packaging from the health foods they stocked in their fruit and vegetable store, the due set going zero waste as a goal. They stocked products in gravity bins, started a deli and juice bar, and started selling bulk foods. Realising how much difference they could make, they opened the first ‘Source’ store next to their health food shop in 2012 and were blown away by its popularity. Five years later, The Source Bulk Foods has grown fast with 36 stores, over 200 staff, two upcoming New Zealand stores and the United Kingdom’s first store scheduled to open by the end of the year. Paul says that it is all about providing customers with a zero-waste shopping method. “Our whole mantra is about going back to basics. We know our customers are very savvy and want to know where their food is from, which is something we really focus on delivering.” The Source Bulk Foods Glebe was part of 1 Degree’s 10th Anniversary Sustainability Showcase, held at News’ head office in Sydney.

Ursula from The Source Bulk Foods Glebe at 1 Degree’s Sustainability Showcase.

The Source Bulk Foods gave 1 Degree their top tips for your own zero waste shopping:

  • Bring in your own bottles, jars or containers
  • Reuse any plastic zip-lock bags that you have – they’re great to store our products in and sometimes easier to carry with you for refills (inc for snacks!)
  • Buy what you need – you don’t need to buy large quantities; Buying only what you need reduces overall waste and excess production
  • Use reusable utensils when at work / away from home, instead of grabbing something disposable; There are many reusable plastic and bamboo ones that you can purchase, or alternatively, pull one out of your kitchen drawer at home!
  • Take your own coffee / tea cup wherever possible and reuse. For other beverages, like Kombucha (which we now have on tap), carry a reusable bottle with you and keep an eye out for places where you can refill your container rather than buying something pre-packaged.

Products at The Source Bulk Foods stall.

Click here to find out more at TSBF’s website.