Closed Loop At The Source Bulk Foods
For Plastic Free July 2021, we wanted to open our doors to you, our amazing Irish customers, and to show the steps that we as a business are taking to work towards a future that's sustainable for the long term. We have been actively working towards moving our supply chain to an increasingly closed loop system where we reuse our containers as much as possible! We have started integrating more suppliers that take back our containers and reuse them over and over again. We are on our journey to ‘Saving The Waste You Don’t See’!
When walking down a supermarket cleaning products aisle, it is almost impossible to find laundry detergent, softener and washing up liquid that is not only safe for ourselves and the environment but is also free of plastic packaging! That’s why at The Source Bulk Foods we want to provide high quality, affordable, refillable washing up liquid, laundry detergent, fabric softener and more.
Our cleaning products are delivered to us in containers that (you guessed it!) get picked up whenever we get a delivery and are transported back to the supplier where they get cleaned and refilled!
All our products are also highly concentrated which means that they are super planet friendly! We recommend that you use 20ml-35ml per wash (versus 40ml recommended by well-known eco-friendly brands at your local supermarket) – that’s quite a saving! By choosing our super-concentrated products less miles are traveled per wash from factory to store – a win for the planet and a win for your washing machine!
Our fantastically fizzy, fermented kombucha is the perfect way to integrate beneficial live cultures into your gut biome. Fermented foods and drinks contain high levels of probiotics, and by integrating these foods and drinks into your diet, you may see improvements in digestion, weight loss and a boosted immune system (it’s also a healthy alternative to sugar rich fizzy drinks and alcohol).
At The Source Bulk Foods, we are very happy to be able to provide this amazing beverage package free! Our kombucha is available on tap instore, so you can bring your own plastic or glass bottle and refill whenever you run out! Not only can you do this with your bottles, we are able to do the same with the 19 litre kegs that the kombucha is stored in. Our amazing kombucha supplier collects our empty kegs and tops them up with freshly brewed flavours every month, making this product completely closed-loop!
On average, 14 million cups of coffee are consumed every single day in Ireland. How crazy is that? At The Source, we love coffee and that’s why we strive to bring you delicious beans and filter coffee without the waste.
To ensure that we only provide the freshest coffee, we store our coffee in glass jars that we replenish with fresh bags or buckets multiple times a week. This means our coffee is never exposed to oxygen for long periods of time, which ensures that you are always buying delicious fresh coffee, and in turn much less waste is created!
Our Rathmines and Brighton branches work with local suppliers to offer closed loop beans and filter coffee, with the Brighton store only a stone’s throw away from the roastery they can walk to the roasters with a reusable bucket and get the freshest coffee on demand! While Rathmines have their coffee delivered in containers which are emptied, cleaned out and returned to the supplier to reuse over and over again! At The Source, we really think that package free coffee tastes so much better, we hope you do too.