Amy’s Zero Waste Quest: Feeling the Weigh of Bulk Buying Options

Posted by on Sep 14, 2020 in Learning Center

As part of any “zero waste” endeavor, bulk buying comes into play.  It is important to know the how and why, but also the where.  So, I took off on a mission to find bulk buying options in Hendricks County.  The good news…we have a few.  The bad news…we have a FEW.

Bulk shopping is something we know we can do online.  But, in an effort to support local businesses and reduce our carbon footprint at the same time, we should be looking for local options for bulk purchases.

Here are some local finds:

Wild Refillery – Check them out for zero waste soaps, shampoos, laundry detergent, and other household items.  You can sign up for a Danville pick-up location.

Our SpecialTEA – located in the upstairs of Courthouse Grounds in Danville and sold in other local shops.  Many yummy loose-leaf teas.  My current favorite is the Carmel Apple flavor.

The Real Food Shoppe in Plainfield – Tabatha will be happy to fill your reusable container for you from her varied supply of spices and baking supplies.  She is also happy to take orders for bulk quantities of grains.  Did I mention she also has a wealth of knowledge?  Check her out on Facebook where you can find hours, videos about products, and information about new and seasonal offerings.

Fresh Thyme Market – You can find a lot of bulk bins from which to fill, but it looks like you need to be prepared to use one of their plastic bags for filling.  Always ask a manager before you shop at any store if you can use your own containers.

It is work noting that the original bulk buying option is right from the farm.  Look for a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) option for your fruits and veggies or shop the local farmer’s market for larger amounts of produce that you can preserve on your own.  And don’t forget Beasley’s Orchard where you can find locally-grown and handmade foods all with zero to almost zero waste all year long.

The best part of bulk buying in Hendricks County is getting to know and being able to support our neighbors.  The bonus?  It’s good for the Earth.