Bin Ins and Bulk Food Savings OR Zero Waste

If you have read my latest blog post you will be aware that I am attempting to slowly and steadily live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

This is just a small blog post to document my journey. The hardest thing I am finding is living with zero waste. How am I meant to do this when everything and anything I buy at the supermarkets seems to come snugged up and rugged up in plastic packaging?  How crazy is it that if you take off all the packaging from everything you purchase in a week’s shop, and throw it all in the bin, you have just disposed of 75% of the purchase price for that food – marketing, branding, advertising, back handing to supermarket chains etc.

It’s a bit of a tricky one, but then the mother of a Wellington friend introduced me to a nice wee place called ‘Bin Inn’. From what I understand, Bin Inn is a brand of food markets, the big difference being everything is kept in bins, meaning you can buy as little or as much as you want and without the excessive packaging. Refill, Reuse & Recycle is one of the attractions for me as it means I can begin to slowly stop using my Tupperware purchased at a long forgotten and out of fashion Tupperware party, and bring in my own glass jars from home. I have yet to venture out to a Bin Inn but it is on my to-do list.

Bulk Food Savings is the other food store, which was recommended to me by the lovely Mrs Burgoyne, and is also where the team at Mondays Wholefoods source the bulk of their baking and raw dessert ingredients. According to the many positive reviews on Yelp, Bulk Foods stock a fair range of products such as dried fruits, nuts, organic products, flours, cereals, spices and general good stuff.

I am venturing out to these two stores this weekend, so if anyone wants to accompany me on a healthy foods venture, you are more than welcome to. Also, if anyone has any advice in regards to zero waste shopping or anything else along the lines of wellness living, please give me a bell. I would honestly love to hear from you. I will be posting a follow up post on these two stores next week. Fingers crossed they are as good as gold.




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