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Mobile Stores that sell in bulk

Similar to food trucks, I believe that having mobile stores that sell items in bulk, such as rice, greens, oatmeal, etc. of local farms, not only promotes local and organic purchasing, but  the idea is that it would be cheaper if people brought their own tupperwear, vases or mason jars. (it would be sold with a discount) If not, they can be sold with expensive reusable bags for produce. If there are close enough to homes and communities that people live by, I think it can start -- to evolve into buying local and in bulk, not using packaging. 

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Federica Parisi
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  • I like the idea of a mobile system because expecially in smaller towns there might not be a big enough market for bulk products to sustain the opening of a regular shop. A mobile unit with a fixed schedule that goes around different towns and neighborhoods would be a good solution. At my local farmers market for instance there are products, like eggs and others, for which you can bring your own container, otherwise you have to pay for one.

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    Idoia Letona Castrillo
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  • Really good idea! The ideal case would be people using their own food containers, but if don't they could sell for an affordable ammount of money sustainable food packaging as reusable plastic containers or even better reusable produce bags (made with hemp or cotton). In the case of the reusable plastic containers, could be returnable to the mobile store or kept for reusing it.

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    Claude Dewerse
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  • We have that here where we live in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. It is called Puurdichtbij.nl and it gives you access to produce from farmers in the local area. Some is organic and some not. You order online and then you can go and pick it up from a truck that stops once a week in the neighbourhood. Check out the website. It is in Dutch but there is also a video and you can get the idea. This could give you some ideas on how to organize this locally.