Dear bulk, welcome back!

Did you know?

The Kootenay Co-op resumed its bring your own containers bulk service. The very next day, I went shopping with containers to test it out. Good feeling! 

Here is what is available to buy for now:

  • – spices, herbs, teas, flours, seeds, nuts, snacks (bulk section)
  • – dog treats (dog food aisle)
  • – essential oils (health department)
  • – vanilla (cheese department)
  • – sliced meats and on Friday, whole chickens (meat department)
  • – anything from the cafe, including a drink in your mug
  • – more coming.

I bought some chocolate, some hair conditioner,  sandwich meat, and a coffee to test. I also brought extra jars and my cloth bag.  I ended up with a piece of wax paper with my meat but still much less plastic.

Feeling rusty at bulk shopping?

Bring your own clean glass or plastic containers. No need to buy the fancy expensive ones. Reuse what you have.

Before you put anything in them, weigh your containers. You will find the tare station in the bulk section at the back. Write the weight and the code of your item. That’s it!

Bring wide containers or a funnel. I brought a wide mouth Mason Jar and it was almost too small for the bulk tubes, almost made a mess. Wider is easier.

Check for barcodes

If you reuse food containers like a yogurt container or an empty spice jar, make sure to cross off the barcode with a sharpie, as they get scanned at the till.

Reduce!

Have fun while cutting down containers and packaging! Enjoy buying the amount you really need and reduce food waste!

See you in the bulk section!

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