Published on January 24th, 2017 | by John Magee0
New Grocery Store Removes Packaging for Environment
Bulk Nation is a grocery store new to Lakeland that can appeal to both the environmentally conscientious and mainstream shoppers.
Bulk Nation does this by buying in bulk and then allowing customers to fill up a bag with however much they want and price by the weight. Buying and selling food this way allows the store to avoid using any packaging. Just by removing the packaging can help reduce landfill waste.
Reducing packaging waste isn’t the only way Bulk Nation is helping the environment. According the EPA, a good way to cut down on the amount of food you waste is to only buy as much as you need.
“I do a lot of cooking so I hate to buy a big box of something I’m only going to use once,” FSC junior Aaron Williams said. “It’s nice having a store where I can just buy what I need for a recipe.”
“I care about the environment but I’m not really sure how to recycle that stuff at school,” Williams said. “So having a store that uses almost no packaging definitely makes me want to shop there.”
The appeal of Bulk Nation goes further than helping the environment according to Dee Underhill, an employee at the store. The concept of “buy what you want” can be very appealing to families.
“We see people come in and a buy a couple slices of fruit or a little bit of chocolate for the kids to eat while they shop,” Underhill said. “It’s great for people who want to try quinoa, if they don’t like it then they don’t really lose anything. But if they do they usually come back and get more.”
Despite the name of the store, Bulk Nation’s best prices come from buying amounts smaller than any other store will sell. In fact the more you buy of a product from Bulk Nation, the more expensive it is compared to other stores like Walmart and Target as shown by this graph.
Bulk Nation can be found in the “Shoppes of Lakeland” on North Highway 98.