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Our Earth Lovers team have been working closely with Zero Waste Journey In SA to reduce plastic in our stores. Food Lover’s Market has unofficially been a great place to shop for those that strive to reduce the packaging they consume but we have realised that moving to zero-waste is an ongoing journey and there is always more we can do.

While we sell nuts, dried fruit and sweets in dispensers, we believed there were more staples that could be offered. In September last year, we teamed up with Colleen Black to ask the Zero Waste community; “What would you like to see available in bulk from your local Food Lover’s Market store?”

The results were as follows:

  1. Stoneground Flour
  2. Rice
  3. Chickpeas
  4. Lentils
  5. Oats
  6. Muesli

We would like to thank everyone for their time and suggestions.

We rolled out with these products in our bulk dispensers In Tokai and Somerset West as trial and we are proud to say that we have now launched the above-mentioned products, available in bulk in 5 stores across in Gauteng and 5 in the Western Province:

WP: Hermanus, Parklands, Sunningdale, Somerset West, Tokai and Willowbridge.

GP: Hillfox, Bruma, Gateway, Menlyn & New Market Mall.

In addition to our bulk buying option, we offer reused cardboard boxes from produce at our till points for our customers to pack their groceries into when available. Majority of our fresh produce is available in zero packaging. Customers are allowed to bring their own containers and we will accommodate as much as possible without inconveniencing other customers. Please note, should you bring your own container you are not allowed to not take what you have dispensed.

The Earth Lovers team have some big plans for 2018. Watch this space!

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