June 1, 2016

Common Goods

What is Common Goods?

Unfortunately, the Common Goods community-run not-for-profit ethical food store is no longer running.

The purpose of Common Goods was to:

  • provide affordable ethical goods;
  • support local and organic agriculture; and
  • minimise packaging by selling in bulk.

We want all food to be grown in a way that cares for the environment, farmers/suppliers and the health of those who eat it.

We bought our goods in bulk making it more affordable for everyone and only place a small markup on them in order to cover the costs of electricity, shipping and labour.

Click here for a list of available products.

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Who were our suppliers?

We stocked a lot of our dry goods from Honest to Goodness, an Organic bulk wholesaler based in Sydney. We bought products like legumes, sugar, nuts, grains, coconut milk, diced tomatoes, soaps, oils, dishwashing detergent, flours, seeds, dried fruits, tahini, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast flakes, teas, herbs, spices, cocoa, milks etc from this supplier.

We had a number of local suppliers and stocked local olive oil from The Olive Grove Buchanan, local honey from Buchanan Gold Honey and handmade local soap from Bare Nature’s Skin soap in Broke.

We proudly stocked Who Gives a Crap toilet paper, tissues and paper towels.

We had some JuJu cups in stock along with various personal hygiene products, baby wipes and shampoo from Organic Trader.

At times we had other special orders from people at Full Circle doing great stuff to convert plastics into new products.

We had a running wish list and at times some items may have been out of stock for various reasons.

We are always on the look out for new suppliers of ethical goods that people need so that each of us can switch conventional products we need to better, smarter, more ethical options.

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How do I shop at Common Goods?

Unfortunately, you can no longer buy from Common Goods. However, we encourage you to shop from other local bulk food stores in Newcastle, such as The Source Bulk Foods Store in Marketown Shopping Centre, Scoop Wholefoods at The Junction, and The Beanstalk Organic Co-op.

Shopping at a bulk food store is easy but it can be a bit daunting for people who have not shopped from a bulk food store before. We encourage people to bring in their own jars and containers to put the goods straight in these to minimise packaging. If you forget them, there are paper bags and jars that you can use.

Steps for bulk food shopping :

  1. Sanitise/wash hands
  2. Weigh the container and press ‘TARE’ to zero the scales
  3. Fill the container with food
  4. Weigh the filled container on the scales and record the product and weight on a piece of paper
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 until finished purchasing bulk food
  6. Take the goods to the register who will total the amounts & pay for the goods.

Most bulk food stores have baskets you can place your goods in as you shop. Some bulk food stores will ask have inned and pre-packaged products available.

Remember it is one scoop per container to avoid cross contamination.

Common Goods would not have been possible without grant from Uniting (the Community Innovation Grant) which helped to fund the gravity bins that helped to keep things fresh and the bugs at bay!


Do you give volunteer discounts?

The Commons is sustained by the people who are a part of it. By working together we make the food we need to survive affordable for everyone. We love our volunteers and the people who run The Commons are all volunteers.

In the past, volunteers received a 15% discount on one shop per every 2 hours volunteered. Regular volunteers received a permanent 15% discount.

Talk to a Management Team member if you are interested in resurrecting Common Goods, or if you want to find out more about The Commons.

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The Commons is taking a temporary hiatus from daily operations in order to consolidate our processes. We are working extremely hard to make sure the Commons aligns with our fundamental values and is the best space it is able to be. We are so grateful to everyone in the wider Commons community for your involvement, commitment and passion. Thank you all and we will see you again very soon!

Opening hours
Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday CLOSED
Saturday CLOSED

Common Goods was an awesome community food justice initiative!