Less packaging, less waste, less resources

The zero-waste store was a concept that 10 years ago, nobody considered a viable business plan. Better yet, most people didn’t know it existed. It was seen as an inconvenient, expensive and unprofitable business for both small and large organisations. However, a lot has changed in the last 10 years. Everybody had either a Blackberry or a Nokia phone, Star Trek was destroying the box office and Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister. Times have changed and people are concerned about our environment.

In today’s modern age of increasingly environmentally conscious consumers, businesses are being demanded to have a greater awareness of the size of their carbon footprint. This will only continue to rise in years to come as younger generations are taught about the dangers of plastic and waste, and the impact it has on our environment. A new study from HP Australia and Planet Ark found that over 90% of Australian consumers and businesses are concerned about being environmental sustainability, whereas only 50% believe they are doing enough to protect the planet. Businesses are now being held accountable by consumers to do their part and provide sustainable solutions.

For those business owners passionate about making radical changes for the better of our environment, the zero-waste/plastic-free stores have flourished.

This concept is centred on the idea of having as little if not any plastic and other packaging waste for products that are typically stored using harmful materials. These products are usually fruit, vegetables, nuts, confectionary and other everyday items that are typically wrapped in plastic for preservation and transportation. Earlier this year, British supermarket chain Waitrose rolled out its “unpacked” store trial across multiple locations in the UK. This trial took over 200 products and made them zero-waste. Consumers would walk into a store and see the fruit and vegetable aisle fully exposed as well as everyday refills such as cereals, pasta, rice and nuts in bulk bins to be dispensed. Reusable containers and bags were available to shoppers while scales to weigh products were placed around the store. Customers also have the option to bring their own containers to use in-store.

This is not the first time a business has gone zero-waste, with multiple smaller stores all over the world providing various offerings to help consumers shop guilt-free. For any business looking to adopt the fundamental aspects of a zero-waste store, or make a step in reducing your environmental impact, bulk bins are a great solution.  A bulk offering uses less packaging, creates less waste and uses fewer resources. Not only attracting eco-conscious consumer to your store, but also generating a great profit margin for your business. They typically generate profit margins between 30-45%, while (on average) being 25% cheaper than packaged goods.

Organic wholefoods store Apple and Sage challenged DDI with creating a state-of-the-art organic food store in order to stand out from the crowd and attract new customers. DDI custom fir an impressive and natural looking store with an earthy feel. This created a welcoming and enjoyable shopping experience for customers. Store owner Leo said “The Bulk offering is the best performing part of our store”

You can check out our bulk bin range including gravity and scoop bins here. Or if you’d like to chat to our team about how we can custom fit your store, please get in touch: