Several local grocery and natural food stores are taking part in Bulk Foods Week, Oct. 16 to 22.
The week is a project of the Bulk is Green Council or BIG, an organization dedicated to increasing consumer, retailer and grocer awareness of the environmental and economic benefits of buying natural and organic in bulk.
The organization contends the benefits of buying bulk include:
Saving money -- bulk foods typically are 30 to 50 percent cheaper than packaged foods.
Helping the environment -- eliminating packing which reduces carbon footprint.
Reducing food waste and offering flexibility -- buying in bulk allows shoppers to purchase the exact amount of foods they need, offering quantities larger or smaller than packaged foods.
Local stores taking part include ACME Fresh Markets, Mustard Seed, Wooster Natural Foods, Raisin Rack in Canton, Natural Food Market in Berlin.
Participating stores are expected to offer discounts on bulk foods during the week.