Bulk food is green
The bulk aisle offers portion control which reduces food waste on the consumer level. In 2010, over 33 million tons of food reached landfills in America, equivalent to half a pound per person per day or enough food to fill the Rose Bowl Stadium every day according to the EPA. The production of food is energy and resource intensive, therefore reducing food waste can meaningfully drawdown greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The bulk aisle is package-free. Food packaging is the single largest component of solid waste in developed countries' landfills. Food packaging comprises 75% of American household waste, approximately 73 million tons per year. More than 8 million tons of plastic is dumped into our oceans every year, threatening ocean biodiversity and abundance.
SmartBins reduces the environmental impact of food transit from distribution center to market as bulk food is up to 50% more space efficient than pre-packaged food. The weight and empty space of food packaging increase transportation emissions.