As today’s Irish Times highlights, a wave of Zero Waste shops and initiatives have sprouted around Ireland and Britain over the past two years, helped by popular campaigns against single-use plastics and a healthy media appetite for the topic. While many of the new initiatives have taken the form of small retail outlets, the bulk buying club model has also been adopted by those looking to go packaging-free, as with London’s Naked Larder.Continue reading “Joining the zero waste club?”
Processed food giant Unilever is making no secret of reorienting its portfolio to include more organic, vegan and ostensibly healthy brands. Bulk buying clubs and food co-ops should be paying attention.Continue reading “Unilever buy-outs: why they matter”
An old idea for a new year: co-operation.
The most compelling case for bulk buying clubs and food co-ops is the way they can cut the cost of organic food for those with a more limited budget. They’re a nifty way to curb plastic, too, and uniquely offer a way to combine both in a single initiative. Continue reading “Co-operate to save in 2019”
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”
You can now find a Q&A with Pop-Up Wholefoods on the Foodture website: “Buying clubs vs. retail therapy”.
Foodture is a project aiming to nurture a culture of food citizenship and help build strong community support around Fair Food farmers, producers and more in Ireland.
Big thanks to our friends at Foodture for their support!
About this site
This site aims to encourage and support the setting up of further bulk buying clubs and small food co-ops in Ireland by sharing the experience of individuals who have operated a ‘pop-up wholefoods’ model over a number of years.
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”