'We want to make the zero waste lifestyle more accessible'
Taking a tote bag with you when you go shopping is all well and good, but there’s a high chance that the foods you’re buying are still wrapped in plastic – a lot of which can’t be recycled. Not at Hackney’s Bulk Market though, where there’s not a single bit of plastic in sight.
'I went zero waste in 2016 and was struggling with my weekly shop – I wasn't able to find everything plastic-free in only one place, I needed to travel to several places to be able to stock my fridge and cupboards, and I was so tired of that,' explains the shop’s founder Ingrid Caldironi. 'I was also feeling that politicians, policy makers and Big Corp failed on me. They weren't doing much to solve the issue, so I decided to take the matters into my own hands.'
Bulk Market is the result, and recently opened a new space under some railway arches in Hackney thanks to crowdfunding. The store stocks all your food essentials: grains, oils and vinegars, locally sourced fruit and veg, freshly baked bread and dairy items. But, instead of being pre-packaged, all items are loose, with many stored in dispensers. All you have to do is take something like a glass jar to carry them home in. It will also soon be adding the UK’s first DIY natural beauty bar to its offering, where you can learn how to make your own lotions and potions out of completely natural ingredients.
'We want to make zero waste lifestyle something more accessible,' explains Ingrid. 'This shouldn't really be a niche thing that only people who can afford can do. We have in the plans more flagship stores opening across London so people won't need to travel from far to reach us too.'