Bulk Market, London’s first-ever zero waste food market, is aiming to bring a “new way of shopping” – with brandless products sourced locally from other social enterprises, cooperatives, community farms or made on site, all sold in bulk or in reusable containers.
Bulk Market, which opened its doors in Hackney last month, is the brainchild of former marketing exec, Ingrid Caldironi, who decided to tackle the waste issue in a way that resonated with her, having found neither the corporate world nor policy makers doing enough to tackle the waste problem.
Bulk Market exists to tackle food and packaging waste, supporting suppliers who are making a difference to people’s lives and the environment. It aims to ensure no surplus food is binned nor packaging sent to landfill.
The way it works at Bulk Market is customers bring their own container or purchase a reusable one from the store. Among the products Bulk Market stock include grains, flour, oils, vinegars, herbs, spices, kombucha, fruit, vegetables, dairy, eggs, as well as household products and pet foods.
Ingrid Caldironi, founder of Bulk Market, says: “Supermarkets created convenience based on overly packaged, processed foods. Before supermarkets, people used to shop locally, supporting small local businesses such as butcher shops, fishmongers, cheesemongers, green grocers. People used to eat more whole foods, and not a simulation of food.
“Most and foremost, we don’t purchase foods coming further than 50 miles radius from our shop, we don’t overstock, we don’t waste food or resources in disposable packaging, and we support the principle of the Circular Economy and Closed Loop.”
Bulk Market is aiming to have an apiary supplying honey made on-site, as well as a nut grinder dispensing nut butter straight to the jar, a commercial-grade composting machine and a recycled container-greenhouse for DIY classes.
Bulk Market is looking to raise £29,000 to support its vision through crowdfunding. You can support Bulk Market at Spacehive.
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