Bulk Stores Near Me – Where & How to Shop Bulk Stores
Your first time looking for and shopping in a bulk store might seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Simply searching for “bulk stores near me” online can sometimes seem fruitless. Luckily, there’s an app to help you with it! Here’s where to find your closest bulk store and what you will need when you get there.
Using Refill to find bulk stores near me
The Refill app came about as a way to help people find places to refill their water bottles. The issue was clear – single use plastic water bottles create needless waste, but people were unsure where they could fill up reusable bottles.
The Refill app offered a solution: businesses sign up, inviting reusable water bottle carriers to come in for a refill. Now, people don’t have to worry about whether their refill request is welcome or not – it’s clearly marked on the app (which is free, by the way!)
The app is now home to 274,000 places that offer free drinking water worldwide. Thanks to Refill, people have avoided 100 million pieces of plastic.
Refill has become so much more since then! While it still offers its original solution, you can also search for places that accept reusable containers for hot drinks and meals, as well as zero waste shopping. It’s an app specifically designed to show answer the search for bulk stores near me.
To find bulk stores near you, just download the app for free and either plug in your location or allow it to access your location. The app will light up with nearby refill shops, and you’re ready to make some excellent plastic free choices.
How to shop at zero waste stores
Bulk stores offer an experience that’s very different from what we’re used to at traditional shops. You’ll find everything from food like oils, legumes, grains, baking goods, and snacks to personal care items and home care necessities.
The difference? Everything is package-less. That means you’ll need to bring your own and pay for your items based on weight. Most bulk stores also offer the option to purchase glass containers, but you’re encouraged to bring your own.
When you first enter the store, ask the employees to weigh your containers. They’ll mark down the tare weight, so you won’t be charged for the weight of your container, just for the product you’re purchasing.
Once that’s out of the way, you’re ready to shop your heart out! Most items will have a scoop provided to help you add items to your containers. For a full guide with all the nitty-gritty details, check out my blog on shopping bulk stores here.
Searching for bulk stores near me doesn’t have to be complicated – resources like the Refill app are out there to help make your plastic free journey as painless as possible.
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