This week is National Bulk Foods Week - a celebration of buying in bulk that is organized by the Bulk Is Green Council. At Sunflower, we are really excited because we truly believe in the beauty of buying in bulk. In fact, this year we expanded our bulk section to include nearly 100 bins for grains, beans, nuts, and more dried goods. Plus, we have just as many large jars of bulk spices!
Did You Know...
FACT: Organic bulk foods, on average, cost 89% less than their packaged counterparts. Bulk foods also prevent a significant amount of packaging from entering landfills.
FACT: Bulk goods require less overall transportation to deliver to consumers. Bulk foods do not require the packaging components that must be produced and transported prior to being filled. And the transportation of bulk product to retailers is efficient because it can be packed more densely on a truck.
FACT: The manufacture of paper and cardboard pulls trees from our forests, dumps contaminated water into our streams and uses enormous amounts of energy resulting in grotesque levels of CO2 emissions pumped into our atmosphere.
FACT: Food packaging may limit a consumer’s ability to buy in quantities desired which can result in food surplus and ultimately waste.
FACT: Although most natural food companies sell their food products in recyclable packaging, there are still some food companies that use non-recyclable materials. And some consumers choose not to recycle which creates additional burden in our country's landfills.
FACT: Packaging often limits a consumer’s ability to actually see the product they are buying.
FACT: With bulk, product density at the store level can be significantly higher. So stores can provide a wider variety of foods in the same space.
Come on in to our store this week to peruse our bulk selection! You may see some foods that you have never even heard of - millet, farro, wehani. Your timing couldn't be better! To celebrate Bulk Week we will have recipes available to show you how to prepare these mystery foods.
Plus, to help keep preparation easy, we have created a Beans & Grains Cooking Cheat Sheet! Feel free to view and download the cheat sheet by clicking that link or come on into the store for your own hard copy. We hope to see you soon!
Health & happiness,