Our Bulk Locator App is out!


Tired of fiddling with packaging? Want to help the environment? Shopping the package-free aisles can 
also save you time and money, but only if you know where to find them! 

When I started my Zero Waste journey, I had no idea that bulk bins even existed in my town. Then when I found them and realized that I could eliminate all food packaging by solely relying on them, I came to dream of a smartphone "app" that could locate nearby bulk suppliers. The prize money that I received for winning The Green Awards (thanks to your support) allowed me to realize my dream and provide Zero Waste enthusiasts a valuable resource. After a long year of design, development and testing, it is my pleasure to finally present you with BULK, Zero Waste Home's app, designed to help you eliminate packaging from your life, by pointing to bulk food bins and liquid refills near you - and letting you share the locations that you find with others!

The app is available in the iTunes App Store and Android Market and itfeatures include:
  • Search, add and rate bulk locations (US and Canada), including selection available and whether or not reusable containers are permitted
  • Locate businesses closest to you or a specific address
  • Narrow your search by bulk type (are you looking to refill on body care, dog food, wine?)
  • Build a bulk-shopping kit through Zero Waste Home's store
  • Consult a bulk food guide to learn how to prepare bulk food items
  • Read Community Updates from ZeroWasteHome.com
As of yesterday some 175 Users were already using it and have entered 120 Places. But we need YOU, the entire Zero Waste Community to populate it, to share those locations that you have found along your journey. Here is what to do:  
  • Download the app
  • Add your locations
  • Rate existing locations
  • Report an issue if you find a problem with a location ("Report Issue" at the bottom of the location page)
  • Rate the app...positively of course;) so that others will be inspired to add and rate locations!
Where have you found bulk bins? (Answer this question by entering locations in the app!)

122 comments:

  1. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Hi
    I know this is a long shot but....any plans to expand this to Europe? I have been following your blog from UK (and your book is on its way to me :-)) and I would LOVE to have a tool like this here too!
    Thanks
    Nadia

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    1. Anonymous4/16/2013

      Yes indeed it would be great to have it for the UK too!

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    2. +1 for UK!

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    3. +1 for The Netherlands!

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    4. Anonymous4/17/2013

      +1 For the Netherlands
      +1 pour la France

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    5. +1 in Lyon too pls

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    6. + 1 for Berlin/Germany
      + 1 for Paris/France :)

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    7. FYI to all,

      It appears that although this app has not been configured to work outside US / Canada in the first release, people have been able to add bulk locations in Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Puerto Rico, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK.

      Most, but not all, locations have been successfully added by the user on the first try - but some have not. In those cases, I still receive the information from their attempt, and within a day or two, I have been able to manually add the information into the app.

      We hope to add this international support in a future release.

      thanks - Scott

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    8. Thanks a lot Scott for this top tip. I think Bea has got lots of fans over here in France as she got lots of media coverage, so that is so great if we can use and add to the app.

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  2. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Also Australia too!

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    1. Yes, I agree. Australia needs it too.

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    2. Australia too please

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  3. Anonymous4/16/2013

    I need this for the Netherlands!!:-)

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    1. Yes please! Bdw, good job Bea!

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    2. We definitely need your app for The Netherlands!!

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    3. Anonymous4/17/2013

      yes!!!! we do
      Any plans for bulk in Den Haag?

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    4. It may work in the Netherlands. It appears to work in some other European countries...so it would be great if someone could try it there, and let us know.

      thanks - Scott

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    5. Anyone from the Netherlands tried and succeeded??

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    6. Hi! Thanks so much to Bea and Scott for this terrific app!

      I was able to add several locations in Amsterdam and Den Haag. It works in the Netherlands! Just add the street address, city and country and skip the postcode section.

      Lekker boodschappen doen!

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  4. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Switzerland too!!

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  5. Anonymous4/16/2013

    I am french, but I am living in Italy and I will like to participate too!!!

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  6. In the UK please!

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  7. Bea : this is wonderful ! What an amazing idea and great app ! You rock !

    We have NO bulk stores here in Switzerland (a true nightmare for me...).

    But I can't wait to use this app when I go to California this summer!

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    1. Anonymous4/18/2013

      I just entered a place in Switzerland and it works! So give it a try...

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    2. Anonymous4/26/2013

      Hi!
      I have no smart phone, but leave in Geneva and would have few interesting places that could be added. Maybe I could send you descriptions and locations and you could add them?

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    3. Hello Anon,

      If you send me a couple places in Geneve, I will add them to the app.

      Merci - Scott

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  8. Merci Bea pour cette application qui tombe à pic ;)
    I'm living close to Paris. Have already suggested a shop near my home.
    The only location saved is too far ;)

    I admire the work you've done & thank you for your inspirational blog !


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  9. charlotte4/16/2013

    Switzerland has such strict hygiene regulations... The only way i can shop for bulk cereals is to ask our baker on the market to top us up with his own flower and polenta. An italian friend makes fresh pasta.

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    1. Hello Charlotte,
      People have added seven locations in Switzerland to the Bulk app, including a couple places in Basel, Bern and Zurich, that all appear to accept containers for meat, deli or cheese...
      cheers - Scott

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  10. This is awesome. I travel a lot and I hate to buy whole packages of things when I'm on the road. Can't wait to use this!!

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  11. so thrilled to be able to utilize this great app!

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  12. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Hi,

    I like a lot the idea and the value that this app gives to the users. I think it would be even more useful if the same information (and the ability to add more) was available to PC users as well. I'm not sure how's in US, but where I live the PC users are still a vast majority:)
    In case you're interested in my thoughts how this could be achieved, pls reply to my post and I'll put more information.

    Thanks,
    Michal

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  13. Very excited! I'll be using it in Turkey and California. I've just downloaded the Android version, but unfortunately it won't let me create a user account. Can't wait to get it working. Congratulations!

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  14. Just downloaded, can't wait to start using it! I think this will be especially helpful when we travel and don't know the area, though I'm excited to add all of my own local bulk finds for others!

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  15. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Congrats! I'm probably the only person in the US that doesn't have a cell phone of any kind..... but I'm enjoying your book.

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  16. Bea, that's great that you did this for the rest of us, I just downloaded it and have not had a chance to start searching.
    thanks!

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  17. I just uploaded it and tried my address but it didn't provide any locations:(. I also tried my sisters as she is less rural but it didn't show anything and there is a WF within 5 miles of her home... ?? I am very excited if it works!

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    1. Allison4/16/2013

      It seems to me like this is something where everyone needs to help with adding in the bulk locations. For example, if you know there is a location near you, add it on the app & include as much info as you can. Then others can see it & use it, too. Since the app is quite new, I'm sure it will take some time to get going, but you (and your sister!) can help move it forward!

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    2. Exactly. The app is as much about receiving information as it is about supplying it!

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  18. Can you use this ap from a computer? unfortunately, i have not joined the smart phone world!

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    1. Not yet...we would like to ultimately add this to the website as well in a future release.

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  19. i just got the app!!

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  20. Well done! Getting the app and sharing this with my followers! I've often hoped someone would develop this app;)

    Annie

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  21. I'm another non smartphone user and would love to be able to do this on a PC!

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  22. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Great to hear! Any chance of this being offered on the Windows Phone. There are a lot of us out there with them...really!!

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  23. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Yes. I still have not purchased a smart phone due to my old school flip phone still working just great. I still heavily rely on my PC for all my internet use. Would love this on PC!!!

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  24. Anonymous4/16/2013

    Can u get an app without a special phone? Like on the internet or something? I am unfamiliar with apps????

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    1. Sorry - at this point, we have only released the Bulk app on a limited set of smartphones (due to our limited funding and time) ...but eventually we would like to expand this to be on other platforms including available on the zerowastehome.com website...

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  25. Anonymous4/16/2013

    ce serait bien si cette application pouvait être étendue sur la france, car vraiment c'est une très bonne idée, et j'attend avec impacience que le livre soit publié en français également, j'adore ce que vous avez entrepris.

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  26. Anonymous4/16/2013

    I am finding your blog and book amazingly inspiring as well as a huge practical help.
    However you should know that shopping from the store on your blog will result in a huge amount of packaging- partly because the stuff comes from multiple businesses, but also some of the items are individually wrapped in plastic. I can't believe how much waste I generated by trying to reduce waste! Glad rags come in just a cardboard box, but the deodorant stone involved more packaging than probably 4 regular plastic deodorant stickS! I wonder where you find many of these items? IT would be great to have links to companies that package more ethically than amazon.
    Thanks so much.

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    1. Anonymous4/16/2013

      I always felt the point of having the products on the blog store was so that you could actually see available alternatives that could be used. Bea always mentions that she made bags, or other things, (in the book she shows how to make "glad rags"). She also mentions that she finds things at the thrift stores (the glass jars), or looks in other locations. I do not think she is telling you to buy online or only from amazon. Just look to see what is available in stores or shops around you- as well as what works for you (you may find what works fro Bea doesn't work for you). You may find deodorant stones, or feminine products that you can easily get with less packaging. Bonus if it is local and no gas is needed to get it from states or other countries to your door.

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    2. Anonymous4/17/2013

      I'm looking! Be good if the store had a packaging warning though....or even better, links to other stores that don't use so much plastic- which I am discovering now. Like Life Without Plastic.

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    3. I think I make it pretty clear on this blog (and the book) that when striving for Zero Waste, one should seek secondhand (to save resources) and local (to lower carbon footprint associated with shipping) products when buying.
      When I started the blog, I received a flow of emails asking for recommendations and descriptions about the reusables and the few things that I use or choose to own. After long considerations, I opted for the Amazon "store". I found it to be the best platform out there to show-and-tell, i.e. point to the widest range of products possible (a blog about a lifestyle is bound to include many aspects and objects). I unfortunately cannot purchase each product to double check its packaging (esp. since products change constantly), but the description that I provide for each article helps others understand how and why I use something.
      I highly encourage you to seek whatever it is that you need secondhand and/or local. If you fail at it and have to purchase a packaged reusable, believe that the packaging is well worth it if you are to use it for years and eliminate disposables. Many of the reusables in the store will last a lifetime. And the deodorant stone that you mention will last for over a decade: how many deodorant sticks would you have used during that time? Please don't let surprise packaging make you angry, use it as a reason to act (active discard): If you do not like the packaging you receive, let Amazon and the manufacturer know!

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  27. Does it work in Canada?

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  28. I downloaded the app, registered and added my good ol' WinCo. I've spent much time and logged many miles looking for bulk. This is going to be a fantastic resource.

    Off to add my local Sprouts & Whole Foods too!

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  29. Allison4/16/2013

    This is excellent! Unfortunately, I have an "old" iPod & that can't get up to that magic 4.3 required to use it. :-( This is what comes from talking myself out of the newest technology--I've had this one for over 5 years!
    We do have the Natural Foods Co-op here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, that has bulk-everything! (Plus it's less than a mile from my house--bonus!) If there's a way for someone else to add it, I'm sure it would be helpful to others!
    Thanks for all your hard work on this!

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  30. Anonymous4/16/2013

    This is great Bea! However, is it possible to get this app for iPad too? I have 3GS iPhone that has 4.1 version of iOS and this app runs on version 4.3 of iOS. If the functionality is extended over to iPad then many more people will be able to access over a variety of gadgets. Just a thought! Thanks!

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    1. I actually downloaded the app onto my iPad. It is formatted for the iPhone, but I was able to "zoom" in and it fits the screen. That is good enough for me until they design an app specifically for the iPad.

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  31. Anonymous4/16/2013

    I really hoped to be able to use the app. Neither my smartphone nor my tablet can download the app. It would be great if the app could be made more accessible to people who have technology that is only a little more than a year old. The device providers won't release operating system updates in an effort to have users buy newer units when apps like this come out...but it would hardly be zero waste to buy replacements to keep adding apps, even this one.

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    1. I have an iphone 4 that I purchased in 2011 and had no problems downloading the app. Try connecting to a wifi to download.

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    2. Anonymous4/19/2013

      Wifi has nothing to do with the fact that the app has been built to work with OS levels that people cannot work with.

      This is an issue that all app developers work with, to varying levels of accomodation. The idea that technology I bought not that long ago is too 'old' for a zero waste app is sadly ironic. There are others that expressed this limitation as well. If the app is updated to increasing miminum OS levels that further this inaccessiblity that will be a missed opportunity. Just putting it out there as food for thought as future app updates are considered.

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  32. maggie4/16/2013

    i love the app! i already entered Community Market and this weekend i plan on going around santa rosa to all our fave bulk food stores and entering them - it's going to be so much fun!

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  33. Sorry this is off-topic, but I can't seem to find a relevant post that is still allowing comments: What is the trick to "drying razor blades" in between uses that you mentioned your husband does? I have found that cleaning razor blades meticulously does extend their life, and many times this means rubbing it back and forth on a towel to get the little hairs out that are stuck between the blades. Just curious how he dries them to extend their life. (I have very thick, coarse hair that is murder on razors. Also in the process of having some laser removal done.) Thanks!

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    1. I have the same problem mama bean -comments being closed. Try resting it in olive oil should slow down rusting.

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    2. I would have to double check with Scott but I am pretty sure that he rinses his blade under water to wash out the hair and then dries it on the towel.

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    3. Scott also said that the lather also makes a difference in easily rinsing hair out of the blade. If you use a regular soap with low-lather, the hair gets stuck in there. With a rich lather it washes off easily.

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  34. Linda M4/17/2013

    I also do not have a smart phone...only a pay for the minutes as you go phone. Do have a Kindle and PC....can I get the app? Really rural here. From what the others said...will it help me?

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    1. Unfortunately, the app is only available on a smart phone now...we would like to eventually add it to the website as well.

      Will the app help you in a rural location? I think that the main use for the app will be when you are traveling or on the road in a new location. We know all of our local bulk food stores, but last weekend we were 50 miles north, and found a great new store through the app (Community Market in Santa Rosa). So we are hopeful that the app will become more useful over time, as people continue to add & share their local spots.

      thanks - Scott

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  35. To say that this makes me delighted is an absolute understatement! I smiled so big upon reading this and even got a little tear in my eye from all the joy!
    Thank you so much for investing in this great project! The BULK app is downloading to my phone as I type this.
    Your blog has been an absolute inspiration - I just signed up for my gas & electric services for the first time and didn't think twice about asking for paperless billing! I am being more deliberate in the votes that I make each time I go to the shop for anything. I'm a long way from being a 'zero waster', but I'm a lot further along that path than I was even six months ago!
    Thank you again!

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  36. Hi Bea,

    I am actually having a hard time using the app. When I try to find stores in my location (NYC area) a error message pops up saying the address can not be found. I tried multiple addresses in different parts of the country, and all of them also have the same error. I also tried to add my local bulk store... and again had the same problem. It won't let me add the location because the "location is not found". I am sorry if this is the wrong place to address this issue, but I can not find a report error button in the app. Please direct me to where I can get help with this... because I love the concept of your app, and want to support your efforts! Thank you so much for creating it for us with your prize money.

    Sincerely,
    Amanda

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    1. The reason you are seeing this is probably because no one has entered any information for your area - yet! YOU have to tell the app where the stores are located! ;) It is a new app. Once you enter in locations that you know of, you are helping someone else! Spread the word, and fill in the information concerning where bulk locations are that you know of!

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  37. Sorry for the long radio silence yesterday: I was busy buying clothes for the family (my bi-annual mid-April thrift-shop run)!
    I am so glad to hear that the app is useful to some of you. We worked hard to get it off the ground and spent countless hours designing and testing (esp. Scott).
    Some people in France and Belgium have successfully entered locations. We just can't guarantee that it will work outside the US and Canada -the coordinates are different in some places, I was told (I am not a technical person).
    Our budget unfortunately could only fund these 2 countries. But if you are a developer willing to donate your time to extend the app to international users, by all means shoot me an email and we'll get you started!
    Otherwise, I might put a piggy bank on the side column to raise the funds...

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  38. Just downloaded the app. will give it a go. Bulk is the way!

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  39. Isabelle4/18/2013

    Merci du Québec....mais je suis surprise de vour que le livre ne soit pas disponible en version électronique?

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  40. Any plan on expanding it to the Windows Phone?

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  41. I am in Japan and am definitely going to contribute by adding locations in this country as much as I can. Bulk is VERY hard to find in Tokyo.

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    1. Oops, my apologies. I didn't realize I couldn't add them yet. Well, international would be great, even if it's just by user contributions.

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  42. Can't wait to try this! Thanks for all your hard work putting it together.

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  43. Anonymous4/19/2013

    Bonjour Bea,
    I just made your pate recipe and it was DELICIOUS!
    Would be nice to have the app for Europe, Netherlands and France in my case! About to buy the book in kindle version!
    Have a nice week-end!
    Sylvia

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  44. Anonymous4/19/2013

    Thanks Bea. I just downloaded the app onto my iPad. I also got the kindle version of your book. Very informative & helpful.
    I have a question using the app. I tried putting in some locations from my town. I am not sure if the info' went thro'. Do I have to register for it to go thro'. . Any suggestions would be helpful.

    Thanks

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  45. Bea, please make the apps for PC as well, would be great if this can work in Lyon too. I found a few places with bulk buy around Lyon, but they are kind of far, hoping to find something closer. I am on Blackberry hence can not use the aps.

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  46. This is great! Can't wait to start getting my food in bulk and this is a huge help!
    xo,
    Marcela

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  47. Bea,
    I received the book yesterday and am halfway through - just in time for spring cleaning, and warm weather wardrobe evaluation. I would like this app available to PC as well.

    I have already learned so much from the book - my housecleaning took half the time today for better results, I learned more things that are compostable, and I have two big bags of clothes for the thrift store. This book is life changing in all the right ways!

    Best, and thank you!
    Lolly

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  48. Anonymous4/20/2013

    This app motivated me to go out and locate all my local bulk suppliers, but sadly I haven't been able to get it to work so as to benefit others. It doesn't remember my registration, crashes when I try to add photos, and any info entered just seems to disappear into the ether. I am using the Android version.

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    1. Sorry to hear that...we are taking all of this feedback to our developer to make improvements to this app. Thanks for your patience!

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  49. Anonymous4/21/2013

    Are you planning on modifying this app in the future, so that it can be used in Europe as well? It's be so usefull!

    Let us know.... (:

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    1. Hi Anon,
      See Aimee's comment and my response below...
      thanks - Scott

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  50. Is there any way to use this without an iPhone or Android, from a plain old computer?

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    1. Maybe you could start a fundraising campaign through gofundme or a similar online fundraising website?

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    2. Hi Laura,

      For this first release, unfortunately, we only had limited funds, and were only able to build out the bulk app for the iPhone and Android. (Bea and I are not developers, so we had hired a team from FreeRange to build this mobile app).

      We received a lot of great suggestions (PC web app, Blackberry support, etc.) - so we will have to figure out a way to fund that next release...or maybe there is someone in the zerowaste community that is a web developer that would be willing to donate some of their time?

      thanks - Scott

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  51. I just bought shampoo & conditioner in refillable containers from a supplier I found through the app! S&C were the last few items that were a challenge for me to find zero waste alternatives. wanted to share that this app worked as it was intended.....thank you so much!!!

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  52. Thank you so much!

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  53. Hi Bea - I love your blog and just got your book from the library. I am currently making small steps to reduce waste and look forward to finding other ways to free up time and money to spend on what I enjoy. Thanks so much for all of your hard work testing recipes and products and thanks for sharing them with us! I too would love to see the bulk info available on your blog. thanks again! Danica

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  54. Hi Bea! I'm the Brussels user who added locations in Belgium. I also added a location in London with no problems. I can see 3 locations added in Paris, so as far as I can tell there is absolutely no problem using this app in Europe! (I'm using it on an iPod touch with the most recent OS, by the way). Keep up the excellent work!

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    1. Hello Aimee,

      The app was developed for just the US and Canada address formats - but apparently it does work in parts of Europe as well...In Belgium, you were able add locations, and people have been able to add locations in Switzerland as well. Unfortunately, in France and the Czech Republic, some locations worked, and others did not.

      Of course we would like to make the app fully supported in Europe (and to add other functionality), but our funds were limited for this first release...so we will have to figure out how to raise some money to do a new release at some point in the future. In the meantime, it would be great to get other people in Europe to add their locations too...

      Thanks for the support - Scott

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    2. Anonymous4/23/2013

      Please make it available for PC.

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    3. Scott, what about kickstarter for getting funds?

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    4. Rossella, Thanks for the suggestion - we will look into that...

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  55. HELP! App works perfectly. However, I bought a new phone today, and when I go to put in my password and I can't remember it, I click on "reset password", and it says. Alert error: Failed to send email: SMTP Settings is not configured for this app. Any suggestions?

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    1. Hello Lisa,
      Sorry - it appears that you found a bug in the app. We are not perfect yet with this initial release.
      You can contact me at info.thezerowastehome@gmail.com, and let me know your email, and I can reset your password.
      thanks - Scott

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    2. Hi Lisa,
      I fixed the password reset button - so you should be able to reset your own password. Sorry for the delay.
      thanks - Scott

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  56. I live in NYC and am working on adding locations and rating them as I work my way around the city

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  57. Do we need to create an account to be able to view locations? I just downloaded it and can't see anything at all in North America.

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    1. Hello Heather,
      You should be able to search on a specific location, e.g., Chicago or a specific zip code, and then find a listing of locations (by distance) to that zip code.
      If you want to add/share a new location, then you will need to register...
      thanks - Scott

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    2. Thanks, I got it working now!

      Also, posted about it on my blog.

      http://wastefreehomecalgary.blogspot.ca/2013/04/zwh-app-and-some-things-to-come.html

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  58. Anonymous4/23/2013

    I have been reading your blog for a while now. Love the app. I added some locations in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada already. I would also love to see it for Windows Phone. ;) now to try and influence bulk barn to allow us to bring our own containers.

    Leanne

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  59. I just created a location but now I'm not sure how it can be edited? How do we go back and update our locations (website, phone number, etc).

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    1. At the bottom of each location page, you should be able to "Report Issue" with a location...By doing that, you can let me know that a specific location is missing some information, and I can add it...

      In a future release, I would like to make sure that this information can be added to the locations after they have been created.

      Thanks - Scott

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  60. sarajean4/24/2013

    I left my book in a taxi! I am so disappointed I was only halfway done with it. I hope that whoever finds it is inspired. Meanwhile I have gotten on the Milwaukee’s library waiting list for it.

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  61. jennifer G4/25/2013

    Just some (hopefully) helpful thoughts about the app. I just added a location in Novato, CA. I wish there were more options of how to categorize what is sold at a location, or otherwise that there was the option of a narrative description at the bottom of the review. I added Powell's Sweet Shoppe, but I wanted to indicate that it's only bulk candy and what types. But all i could say was two stars of three for "snacks". I saw that someone wondered how to edit a location, and i can't find a way either.
    Also, general searches can be done without inputting any address, and then one can see all locations, but this isn't intuitive. I wish there was a "help" button to read how to use the app to its fullest.

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    1. Good suggestions - thanks for the feedback...We are keeping a list of these ideas. Thanks - Scott

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  62. Anonymous4/29/2013

    Hi,

    I don't own an iphone, so I downloaded the app to my computer, but I'm not sure it can be used this way. Would it work on my desktop or do I need an iphone to be able to use it?

    Thanks,

    Andrea

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    1. Hi Andrea,

      For this first release, unfortunately, we only had limited funds, and were only able to build out the bulk app for the iPhone and Android.

      We received a lot of great suggestions (PC web app, Blackberry support, Windows Mobile support, etc.) - so we will have to figure out a way to fund that next release...

      thanks - Scott

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  63. Anonymous4/30/2013

    When I add a location or look up locations, all I see is a blank grid. Is there supposed to be some sort of map underlay that I am not seeing?
    Nancy

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    1. Please provide a phone model so we can check what the problem is. In the meantime, you can use the "list" functionality (top right hand side of the screen)

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    2. Anonymous5/01/2013

      I am using a Samsung Galaxy SII . . .

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  64. Is it available for ipad. Although it finds the name in the appstore of my ipad, it provides me with a 'no results' answer. Sad...
    Btw got the kindle book and looking forward to the french version as things are slightly different over here...

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  65. I added my first store yesterday, and when I checked the app again last night I was excited to see that somebody else had added a store in St. Louis, one I didn't know about. What a great resource! I have a question: is it appropriate to add stores that do not sell bulk but allow customers to use their own containers at the deli, meat, and cheese counters? I think that information would be useful, too.

    Also, thank you, Bea, for your book. It is life-changing.

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