-they are light weight and stack inside each other for compact transport. i often need more than five bins.
-i don't have to bring them to customer service to get them weighed for tare (so they can subtract the weight of the jar to get an accurate weight of the item you put inside).
-i don't need as many glass jars. i would need extras to bring to the store. if, for example, i need more flour for the week ahead, but still have some left in my flour jar.
-i don't have to worry about all the grocery store germs on the outsides of the jars, because I pour the contents into clean jars.
-i have used these same bins for 3 years now. (still using them almost two years later...that's 5 years so far.)
-there have been times that i have been able to use one of these to bring a meal to someone with family in the hospital or to gift food from our garden, etc. they are great to use when i don't want the recipient to have to return my dish. i hope they reuse them too.
-bins for bulk, cheese, and occasionally fish
-rubberbands to keep the bins from spilling on the way home...and so that i don't collect more each time we go
-cloth bags for bread + cookies (i have the bread sliced and placed in the cloth bag. at home i place the whole thing in a reused plastic bag before putting it in the freezer. we just break off a slice and toast it when we want one.)
-a little jug for honey or syrup
-tiny plastic bags for spices
-a coffee bag or sometimes i just use a bin
-reusable grocery bags
i've collected these from the store and just reuse the same ones over and over. the store knows how to deal with their own items.
i don't use cloth bags for vegetables or fruit. i just place them all in one reusable bag and the cashier weighs them before replacing them in the bag.
i acknowledge there is plastic involved here. i consider switching to glass sometimes and then come back to all the reasons i do like my bins. i don't store food in plastic. i also know that the bulk items arrive in plastic lined boxes and are stored in plastic bins. i can change my mind at any time. i also consider switching my bags to cloth, so that i can wash them. i just have a hard time getting rid of these now, since they still function. i do like their size and ease of loading. they are 100% recycled. again, i can change my mind. the large plastic bins are easy to clean and won't rust. just letting you know what i do, in case it could inspire. :)
p.s. a little more about the shopping here. :)