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Bulk Barn - You suck!
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September 29, 2011
6:26 am
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Bulk Barn, Canada's largest bulk food retailer, does not allow people to bring their own bags and containers (for hygiene? My containers are clean and I am the one eating the food, not you!).  You suck.  Not happy with, never shopping with you.

Instead they use plastic bags that I don't think are recyclable. I had sent them an email a few years ago (never got answer), about making their bags biodegradable / compostable (way before the use of reusable bags and containers entered my mind). I can tell they don't give sh** about the environment. Cry

I also called Market Organics, my favourite health food store (Ottawa, Ontario), and asked them if they allowed containers, and they said yes! They don't have has much as Bulk Barn, but enough. Going over right now and buy some plastic-free bars of soap and bulk food items! Gotta check what food I need first.


Are they any other bulk stores in Canada?

What about the US?  If I go over to the States, I will get some bulk food at the same time.

September 29, 2011
12:44 pm
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There are lots of bulk food stores in the U.S. that let you use your own bags/containers. What state are you visiting?

October 2, 2011
9:52 am

The Main Ingredient in Peterborough, (probably the oldest existing bulk store in Canada started in the late 70's) and the sister store, Suntree Natural Foods Marketplace in Port Hope, encourage their customers to bring their own bags, will reuse donated grocery bags (they have a sign that they did not buy a single plastic carry-out bag for their first 30 years of business) , allow customers to take advantage of reused jars and containers that have been donated and when that does not work for a customer they have only biodegradable grocery bags and their containers are much stronger so that they can be used over and over. Perfect? No but they are constantly working at making the world a better place. Oh and their prices are lower than BB too.Smile

July 17, 2015
12:04 pm

Hey guys, there is a new (as in just today) petition started to convince Bulk Barn to reverse its backwards policy on mandatory single use plastics.

Sign and share it around. Hopefully together we can get them to change and provide Canada wide access to plastic free food shopping!


July 19, 2015
12:49 pm
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Thank you for creating this petition! I have shared it via social media and via my email newsletter today.

August 23, 2015
8:25 am


Other than paper sacks, how does a store like Bulk Barn (or any of the others mentioned) sell you a few grams of herb or spice? 

Certainly, I think paper would be a big improvement over plastic for holding each of your bulk purchases, but I'm curious about the logistics of other approaches.   If you bring containers for bulk products that are sold by the ounce or gram, how does the employee determine the tare weight? By the time you get to the checkout, you already have the product in your container.  



November 18, 2015
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I don't know how Bulk Barn does it, but at other stores like Whole Foods, you write the tare weight on the container and they deduct it at the checkout. It depends on the store. Better to ask how its done before filling up a container for the first time.

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