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Jakarta Post

Bulk stores promote less-waste lifestyle

  • Maria Michelle Angela

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 14 2019   /  01:07 am

The worldwide rise in environmental consciousness has been accompanied by increased awareness of the importance of reducing waste at the household level, prompting an ever growing number of bulk stores to encourage customers to bring their own containers to carry the items they purchase.There are currently seven bulk stores in Greater Jakarta: The Bulkstore & Co. in Menteng, Central Jakarta; Naked Inc. in Kemang, SELAMA in East Tebet and Saruga in Bintaro, South Jakarta; Farmers 99 Market in Gading Serpong, Tangerang, Banten, and Kembangan, West Jakarta; and Lulu Hypermart Store in Cakung, North Jakarta.Saruga coowners Adi Asmawan and Ridah Zaki said their goal in opening a bulk store was to raise awareness regarding single-use waste and its effects on daily life.“We want to break the cycle that generates excessive plastic waste,” Ridah said. “Sixty percent of waste [in Ja...