|Photo credit: http://www.katjenkins.co.nz/the-no-more-supermarkets-challenge/|
I took photos of all the bulk bins and here I'm just going to list what they contained so that I (or anyone else who wants to shop at Bulk Food Savings zero waste) will know what's available.
The store manager I talked to was really helpful, and good about weighing my containers before I filled them so he could adjust the price to take them into account. It was a bit of a hassle for him, but he didn't seem worried. He told me they used to have a lot more bulk bin options, but it's actually cheaper these days to buy the food prepackaged in smaller quantities, as that's how it gets shipped by the big companies.
I was still pleasantly surprised by how much is available sans-packaging, although I'm disappointed there aren't liquid options as I'm looking for ways to fill up my condiments.
The food items I bought only came to about $13, and that got me lots of sunflower seeds, baking soda, raw sugar, chocolate drops and pinto beans.
I did, however, splash out on a big bottle of Dr Bronners Castile Soap (pre-packaged in plastic, sigh), as I want to use it for shampoo, hand soap, body wash and possible cleaning product concoctions.
I washed my hair with it this afternoon and only needed a small amount, so I think it will last a while. I didn't use conditioner with it, and my hair feels good, so I'm hoping that's my hair care sorted and I can just do without conditioner here on in.
Bulk Food Savings Mt Eden - Zero Waste food options
Yellow split peas
Green split peas
Baby lima beans
French green lentils
Red split lentils
Black eye beans
Black turtle beans
Small read beans
Red kidney beans
Chocolate - white buttons
Chocolate - dark buttons
70% Dark chocolate kibble
Fruit cake mix
TVP chunks (I don't even know what these are???)
I also visited Commonsense Organics today and took photos of the bulk bins there, but I'll share that list another day.