In the past few years people have really begun to wake up to how plastic is interacting with our environment – land and water pollution- and how they are entering our bodies and of the bodies of animals. We hear stories of many kgs of plastic removed from bellies of animals like cows and whales.. What doesn’t get recycled and it’s a lot – ends up in ever-expanding landfills, air polluting incinerators, or accumulates en masse in the oceans. Pollution from single-use packaging has become a global crisis.
Today, reducing unnecessary packaging waste is no longer a fanciful environmental ambition but the need of the hour. For the first time since introduction of cheap plastics into the supply chain, it no longer makes economical sense to use material once and throw it away.
Keeping this in mind, we can see the emergence of new zero-waste stores which are turning to good old bulk bins- an age old habit we used to have some decades ago. Our culture and previous generations have always promoted carrying cloth bags and reusable jars whenever going to buy staples in a kirana stores. These help the shoppers cut their waste , and remember some important considerations towards the environment.
While there’s no doubt that it’s time to reduce the quality of plastic and other packaging waste that comes home with us from the grocery stores, there are a few challenges that we face. We at Buffalo Back have been practicing bulk storage of our produce from the start. Our customers like it for it’s affordability, healthier, less-processed options, and buy-what-you- need appeal.
But with changing environmental weather conditions – unpredictably rains, and sudden change in temperatures, it gets difficult to keep the groceries free from weevils and other household pests. Maintaining them with sorting and cleaning methods need human labour which is again a challenge to find in these times. Many traditional kirana stores use chemical pest control options in their bulk bins to avoid the pests, which is not done at Buffalo Back. We still believe in following age old, tried and tested methods of pest control. We request our patrons to appreciate the efforts which goes into maintaining the bulk environment.
Bulk must be more than just an aisle in the store – it must become a deliberate system that starts at home and continues seamlessly into the store.