Retail revolution offering zero waste shopping option
Australian wholefoods retailer, The Source Bulk Foods, is changing the way Australians buy their groceries. The Source is the originator of the zero-waste grocery shopping concept "Buy as much or as little as you like" encouraging customers to shop consciously by bringing in their own jars and containers. Customers have access to a vast range of organic, vegan, gluten free and paleo friendly products ensuring all their needs are met.
The unique three-step shopping approach makes it easy for customers to shop quickly and sustainably:
1. Pick up a paper bag (or bring in your own jars and containers).
2. Fill with as little or as much as you like. 3. Weigh and pay.
Founded in Mullumbimby, NSW by husband and wife dynamic duo Emma Smith and Paul Medeiros in 2012, The Source Bulk Foods is one of the country's fastest growing businesses. With 36 stores (at the time of writing), over 200 staff, two New Zealand stores by September and the United Kingdom's first store scheduled to open its doors towards the end of 2017, the company is moving at lightning pace.
The couple left corporate Sydney life to start a family and purchased a fruit and vegetable store in 2007. Once the couple realised the importance of local provenance and sustainable consumption, the company organically evolved into The Source Bulk Foods you see today. Paul is passionate about offering the public quality whole foods and products and providing customers with a zero-waste shopping method.
Paul said, "When we started our journey in 2012 from a single store, we never envisaged we'd be in the position we're in today; supporting local communities across Australia, leading the zero-waste movement and helping other small business owners realise their passion. Our whole mantra is about going back to basics. We know our customers are very savvy and want to know where their food is from, which is something we really focus on delivering."
Their network is sweeping across the nation (with International stores on the horizon) as it offers customers over 500 quality whole foods and household goods. The Source Bulk Foods is committed to supporting Australian suppliers and sustainable, ethical production processes of consumer goods.
Visit TSBF to learn more about their mission and value, view their extensive product range, delicious recipes and locate your nearest store.
New Entrance for the West End Store
The Source Bulk Foods West End Store
I regularly visit the West End store at 404 Montague Road in the West End. (I have also been to the Bulimba store, the Sunshine Coast stores and Byron Bay - I just love them all.) The staff are so friendly and knowledgeable and they share great recipes with their customers. The West End store has recently been given a beautiful face lift by getting its own external entry. This is much more convenient as you no longer have to enter via "The Stores" (unless of course, you want to). The other exciting new development is that they have Kombucha off-the-tap. My favourite products at the moment are honey (they have their own honey bees too); turmeric, all the different nut pastes; and their TV mix (mmmm). This store was featured on TV's The Great Day Out by chef Alastair McLeod, so don't just take my word for it being a great shop.
There is also one at Springfield Lakes Orion.
Best way to grab wholefoods and only in quantities you need. Bring your own glass bottles for olive oil, vinegar, etc. Reuse and recycle your glass jars to package what you buy, and even tea leaves - their sleep well tea just became my favourite.