What is Bulk?
This is another way of consuming: you go to a store with your container (an empty jar, a glass bottle …) that you fill with the product you need. Several stores in Lyon offer bulk today, so you can take advantage of your stay to try the experience.
You can do it for the environment, since you will reduce your waste by doing this but you can also do it to reduce the cost of your stay in France: bulk can save 15 to 40%* and in addition you only buy what you need ! A good plan for your wallet!
Rice, pasta, sugar, cereals, nuts, dried fruit, coffee, oil, washing powder … you can find a lot of everyday products in bulk easily.
How do I find and leave my containers?
You can make your reserve of pots with your first purchases: jars of jam and bottles of fruit juice, once washed you can reuse them for your pasta and your olive oil.
In stores that offer bulk, you can also ask if they have excess containers or are left by customers. When you leave, you can leave your clean containers in these same stores so that someone else can use them after you.
Otherwise to avoid taking your jars (it’s heavy!), You can use “bulk bags” made of paper or even better, fabric! We can sew them, otherwise there are young companies in the metropolis that sell handmade, organic cotton or upcycled: Kufu, Mamie Colette, Joséphine accessories…
Next to our premises, you can go to 3 small peas for example but you will find bulk stores almost everywhere in Lyon: At the source towards Part-Dieu, Day by Day in Perrache, Bulko towards the Opera, Mamie Marie in Lyon 6, across the street from Guillotière or Le biocal in Villeurbanne, Prairial in Vaulx-en-Velin or the Super Halle in Oullins. Biocoop or Eau Vive stores also offer bulk.
To find these and other good addresses, you can go to the Zéro Déchet Lyon website, which has posted a map of stores that accept that you come with your containers.
Thanks to Emma from the Zero Waste Lyon association for her help : to learn more about the ZeroWaste movement, go to their aperitifs and workshops throughout the year.
*Source: Zero Dechet Ze guide family