How to open a zero waste shop

UPDATE! From the original post from 2017 to now, many things changed! We started as a temporary popup shop in Dalston to become a crowdfunded social enterprise in the heart of Hackney, being nominated for two consecutive years by TimeOut London in their annual guide '100 Best Shops of London'.

This post on "how to open a zero waste shop" has been so far the most popular content ever, and this made us see the ripple effect we've created when we opened our first popup almost 5 years ago. Bulk Market was created to inspire change, and now the time has come for us to also help others setup their own Bulk Markets: we are franchising!

Many independent zero waste shops across the country and beyond are closing down after being hardly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a tough time to be an entrepreneur and start from scratch. But, by setting up your zero waste shop using our franchise model, you can maximise your chances of success. Here's why:

  • We were among the first pioneers setting up a business model like this, so we built up expertise & experience in 5 years of operations, which you can use in your favour

  • Our brand has been featured in UK-wide media and also international media

  • We've built a large following - our customers are our advocates and fans, who believe and support what we do

  • We already did the legwork to understand what works and what doesn't so you don't have to waste time and your hard earned cash to find out by yourself!

If you are ready to embark on this journey of setting up your own zero waste shop, but at the same time want to minimise your risks and maximise your chances to run a successful business (and also align with your own values and find your purpose in life by running a social enterprise), then we've got you! Check our franchise page for more information and register your interest.

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