For environmentally friendly and money-saving reasons, using bulk bins at the grocery store is a smart idea. According to the Bulk is Green Council, buying ingredients like nuts, flour, pasta and dried fruit from bulk bins costs about 89 percent less than buying packaged goods. Plus, with bulk bins you can buy as much or as little as you need, so there is less waste. And instead of tearing through layers of packaging when buying food, you can see exactly what you’re buying. What you see is what you get! Bulk bin food is also fresh: The dispensers use gravity-fed systems that automatically rotate product to ensure freshness.