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We are all looking for ways to save money when shopping. Many of the products we buy are contained in single use packaging that costs money and natural resources to make. So when you buy in bulk, you often eliminate the need for packaging, which has a positive impact on the environment. It is believed that plastic packaging can lead to ingestion of synthetic chemicals over time, so buying in bulk might also help preserve your health.

3 Things to Buy in Bulk

Cleaning products

Often buying larger containers of cleaning solutions or refill packs works out cheaper and uses a lot less plastic than replacing smaller bottles. You can also buy concentrated multi purpose detergents such as Dr. Bronner which boasts having over 18 uses. Cleaning detergent manufacturers have used clever marketing to convince us that we need a different cleaning products for every room in the house but it’s just not true. Refill options for Dr Bronner range from 1.9L up to 5Gallons! Prices of Dr Bronner’s liquid soap starting from €3.69 in Only Natural.

Cleaning Products Only Natural

Food

The best way to reduce packaging waste from food is to cook from fresh ingredients at home rather than buying pre packaged ready meals. Petitts, Lidl and Aldi all are making efforts to reduce their packaging on fresh fruit and veg but better still, support your local greengrocer and bring your own bags. For small items such as cherry tomatoes, bring tupperware to prevent them getting squashed.

Bulk buy bins are becoming very popular. Only Natural have a fantastic range of organic grains and seeds with paper or cloth bags available to buy if you forget to bring your own. I have compared some prices with leading supermarkets and Only Natural’s prices are very reasonable. Some of the items they stock are not only organic, they also cost less!

Prices per kg

Only Natural Organic Tesco Organic Aldi

Organic

Quinoa €6.00

€6.64

x

€7.16

x

Flaxseed €4.00

€6.00

x

€9.95

x

Sunflower Seeds €4.50

€6.90

x

€3.63

x

Hazelnuts €20.00

€19.95

€14.21

x

Almonds €18.00

€21.45

N/A
Brown Basmati €3.88

€6.99

x

N/A

Cosmetics

Buy larger containers of shampoo, conditioner, body wash where possible and even better, buy refills and top up your own containers. For example, Faith in Nature have 5 litre containers available to buy and I love Ecover’s Liquid Hand Soap, both products are derived from plant extracts and are based on biodegradable, sustainably sourced ingredients.

Ecover Hand Soap Only Natural

Visit Liza for organic facials, threading, sugar waxing, plant based tinting, vegan manicures and tans in her all natural salon Highbrow Beauty.

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