Bulk food is green
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 offers portion control which reduces food waste on the consumer level.
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. The bulk aisle is package-free.
The weight and empty space of food packaging increase transportation emissions. 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.