Zero waste came to the fore in 2018, with more and more options to buy loose wholefoods by weight. In many instances, though, these were only well-suited to people wanting relatively small amounts of the available products. For those wanting bigger quantities – such as organic flour for home-baking – the cost per kilo of this approach has been its biggest draw-back. It’s just plain expensive! The real savings with bulk purchasing come from buying ‘wholesale’, rather than retail – an option that’s generally off-limits for ordinary households. However, two food co-ops in the city are addressing this issue in different ways.Continue reading “Go co-op for bulk organic in Dublin”
The idea of forming a bulk buying club may sound like it would involve recruiting lots of people, but that’s probably not the case. Two related pieces of advice shine through a range of published guides to running such a group:
- Start small
- If you can, start with people you already know
The wonderfully named Naked Larder bulk buying club in South London is the focus of an excellent blog for the Food Co-ops section of Sustain’s website.
Phili Denning, the founder of Naked Larder, has so far added six posts about her early steps with the project. Continue reading “Naked Larder: a starting out story”
Many people across the island of Ireland are keeping a close eye on Brexit developments – and bulk buying club members are no exception.
Several groups based in the Republic currently source their deliveries from British wholefood cooperatives, importing without the slightest issue due to the two countries’ shared EU membership. However, in just five months, these small-scale arrangements could become untenable under a potential ‘No Deal Brexit’ bringing the return of tariffs and a range of import procedures. Continue reading “Buying clubs on Brexit watch”
This site uses the term ‘bulk buying club’ for a basic idea around food sourcing that has gone by several different names across different contexts and eras. Equally, the concept of a ‘buying club’ may have nothing at all to do with food, so you’ll find the idea of buying clubs for heating oil being promoted in Northern Ireland, with broadly the same goal of people co-ordinating their purchasing power to save money. The focus here, though, is on groups working together on bulk sourcing organic, wholesome food – whatever the name. Continue reading “Club, co-op or conspiracy?”