Bulk selling, which has been present in old grocery stores for long, has reborn in an era of growing environmental awareness and the struggle for sustainable and responsible consumption, with the goal to reduce the waste that is constantly generated worldwide. In addition to being fair and sustainable, the world of buying in bulk also allows, in some cases, to opt for more economical solutions.
Generally, these stores sell spices, nuts, pasta, rice and even sell cleaning and hygiene products. An interesting detail in this alternative is the fact that the customer can, and is even encouraged to do so, take their own packaging to fill with products, namely glass bottles, cloth bags and paper sachets. In some stores, workshops are also held to help consumers minimize the impact of their choices, such as teaching how to make cosmetics and cleaning products at home, etc.
Since this environmentally friendly solution is increasingly in vogue, we have decided to show you a repertoire of all bulk stores in Portugal. Created by Catherine Francisco, author of the blog RandomCath and associated with the Lixo Zero Portugalmovement, the website “A Granel” organizes all existing stores on a map of Portugal! If on the map, you can’t find a store you know, you can add it to the website.
The first organic bulk store in Portugal, Maria Granel, was born in Lisbon in 2015 by the hands of Eunice Maia, “(…) together with my husband, we dreamed of Maria Granel, a pioneering project in Portugal – the first “zero waste store” in the country – which today is more than a store. It is my mission and the meaning of my days. And my unwavering commitment to the future: helping to reduce waste and eliminate disposable plastic.” (Excerpt from the Elefante de Papel blog, in an interview with Eunice Maia).
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