What is Common Goods?
Common Goods is your community run not-for-profit ethical food store. The purpose of Common Goods is 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 buy 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.
Who are your suppliers?
At the moment we stock a lot of our dry goods from Honest to Goodness, an Organic bulk wholesaler based in Sydney. We buy 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 proudly stock Who Gives a Crap toilet paper, tissues and paper towels.
At times we have other special orders from people at Full Circle doing great stuff to convert plastics into new products.
We have a running wish list and at times some items may be 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.
How do I shop at Common Goods?
Shopping at Common Goods 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 shopping at Common Goods:
- Sanitise/wash hands
- Weigh the container and press ‘TARE’ to zero the scales
- Fill the container with food
- Weigh the filled container on the scales and record the product and weight on the Common Goods Slip
- Repeat steps 2-4 until finished purchasing bulk food
- Take the goods to the store coordinator or volunteer who will total the amounts and whom you can pay with cash or via direct deposit.
We have baskets you can place your goods in as you shop. There are a number of tinned and pre-packaged products available.
Remember it is one scoop per container to avoid cross contamination. There is a broom in the goods store if you spill anything. Thanks to Uniting for the Community Innovation Grant that helped to fund the gravity bins which help keep things fresh and the bugs at bay!
Ask our friendly volunteers if you are at all confused about how things work or want to find out more.
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 except for the awesome Goods and Cafe coordinator who we are able to pay for 12 hours a week.
Volunteers receive a 15% discount on one shop per every 2 hours volunteered. Regular volunteers receive a permanent 15% discount.
Talk to Holly our volunteer and cafe/goods coordinator if you want to find out more.
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!
Come on down and be a part of this awesome community food justice initiative!