Do you have a zero-waste shop near you? Whilst the number of zero-waste shops are growing, a large proportion of us – including yours truly – don’t live near enough to a zero-waste shop to be able to shop there on a regular basis. Enter bulk shopping online.
When my budget and where space allows, I occasionally buy one product at a time online to make a mini zero-waste pantry. When I say mini, I mean mini. We live in a small house so we have space for about three or four cartons at a time, and I haven’t figured out how bulk food storage could work in our small space yet.
If you have more space then your bulk shopping online possibilities are relatively endless. Some products are prohibitively expensive to buy in bulk, but here are 10 products you might like to buy in bulk over time for around £20 or under. If this is above your budget, you could split the cost with likeminded friends or neighbours – starting your own little zero-waste co-operative!
All options are vegan and cruelty-free, with all products carrying Leaping Bunny and Vegan Society labeling.
Bulk Personal Care Products
Although Suma’s shampoo is the most expensive product in this roundup, as well as a shampoo, it also makes an effective shower gel, bubble bath, and liquid hand soap, making it a real multi-tasker. I decant a little into a recycled bottle with a pump top and this bottle does everything.
I’ve linked to Amazon here because this is the most expensive product in the round-up and all the other sites that carried this product had a delivery fee, pushing the price up higher and potentially out of reach for some. If you’d rather avoid Amazon, and can pay extra for delivery then you can also purchase it at Super Food Market or Real Foods.
I haven’t tried this one yet because funds haven’t allowed it, but if you’re looking for a conditioner then this one might be worth a try. If you’re on the fence, because I know conditioner can be a tricky one to get right depending on your hair type, then trying out a small bottle before committing to a 5-litre carton could be a wise move.
Conditioner can also be doubled up as a great shaving gel.
Again, Amazon, but it can also be purchased at Super Food Market or Real Foods.
Bulk Cleaning and Laundry Products
I DIY a lot of my cleaning products but effective washing up liquid has always eluded me. Instead, we’ve been using this Bio-D one for items that can’t go in the dishwasher for a good six months or so now and I reckon I still have enough washing up liquid left in the carton for at least another 2 years. We use it on pots and pans, baking trays and the roasting tin – all the tough mucky stuff basically – and haven’t found a job it can’t handle yet.
I couldn’t find any powdered eco-friendly laundry detergent in bulk for under £20, but this Ecoleaf laundry liquid has enough for 125 washes. This one ticks a lot of boxes – it’s vegan, not tested on animals and palm-oil free too.
Bio-D Multi Surface Sanitiser (5 litres) – £11.19
If you can’t or don’t want to DIY a cleaning spray then this multi-surface liquid, when diluted and decanted into a spray bottle, will clean your house from top to bottom – kitchen and bathroom included.
Bio-D Concentrated Toilet Cleaner (5 litres) – £9.27
A bulk toilet cleaning option at a price that’s kind to pockets. I would decant this into an old squeezy washing up bottle for ease of application.
Bio-D Sanitising Hand Wash (5 litres) – £15.99
It’s been a revelation to me to learn that not everyone is into solid bars of soap, but now I know there are myriad reasons why not everyone loves bar soap. If bar soap isn’t for you then this bulk carton of hand wash could be a good alternative.
Bio-D Floor Cleaner (5 litres) – £18.04
To save needing to buy a separate product, the Bio-D multi-surface sanitiser is probably effective at cleaning your floors with. However, if you are particular about your floors and require a specific floor cleaning product then this floor cleaner with linseed soap is the one for you.
Bulk Pantry Staples
Organic Basmati Brown Rice (5 kg) – £18.27
Buying food staples in bulk online in such large quantities might not suit everyone, but if you’re a family that eats a lot of rice and/or pasta and have the money to buy in bulk upfront, and the requisite storage space, then it could work out economical in the long run (and hey, you never know what Brexit is going to bring).
Over to you. Are you a fan of bulk shopping online? If so, let me know if you split the cost with friends or if you have worked out a clever storage system for bulk food bought online!