I’m always glad that there are small, independent shops that sell wholefoods. The best of them steer clear of the temptation to pack their shelves with high-profit vitamins and supplements, with owners genuinely believing that good wholesome food is the best medicine.
But there’s a problem, still – one that the bulk buying club approach can fix. Continue reading “The problem with health food shops”
Lately, there’s been a welcome buzz about ‘zero waste’, rejecting throw-away culture and embracing the principles of reduce – reuse – recycle. Bulk buying clubs have long applied these 3Rs in practice without necessarily using the terminology. Continue reading “Buying clubs and ‘zero waste’”
Most people will be familiar with ‘pop-up shops’ offered on short term lets. Dubliners may also remember Granby Park, a short-lived ‘pop-up’ public space on derelict land that was supported then taken away by the local authority, only for the site to return to disuse.
But if pop-up shops and pop-up parks come and go that’s because they express a passive, top-down idea of allocating space for temporary use until it can find a ‘higher’ (i.e. more profitable) purpose.
However, doing a pop-up activity is quite amenable to running on a permanent basis – or at least as long as those making it happen want to keep it going. Continue reading “Permanently pop-up”