[Tagging] Feature Proposal - RFC - Reusable packaging

Paul Allen pla16021 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 13 12:07:13 UTC 2019

On Fri, 13 Sep 2019 at 11:04, Antoine Jaury via Tagging <
tagging at openstreetmap.org> wrote:

> marc marc wrote:
> "well in this case, this shop isn't a bulk_purchase=yes shop
> bulk_purchase=* in osm mean that you can BUY item in bulk
> not that the shop has a stock of product that he packs for you on site.
> bulk_purchase informs how the customer can have the product and not in
> what form the stock in the shop is kept"
> I disagree on that definition. For me bulk purchase means that you can buy
> the exact quantity you want and is not related to the packaging even if in
>  most of the cases you have the opportunity to re-use a paper bag you already used.
In British English (which OSM generally uses) "bulk" means "being large in
size, mass or
volume (of goods, etc.)."  See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/bulk

The same applies to "bulk purchasing" which means "the purchase of much
larger quantities
than the usual, for a unit price <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_price>
that is lower than the usual."  See

 Also, the wiki page of the tag is not clear at all about that and we can
>  see multiple topics where people don't have the same definition:
Then the wiki page should be fixed and, in my opinion, fixed to reflect
British English usage.

I agree that we need a tag to indicate what you think of as bulk
purchasing, that is where
you bring your own container.  I'm not sure if there's a generally-accepted
term for this
in British English yet.  I've seen "zero waste" (misleading, because it's
not zero) and
"unpackaged" (also misleading as it is in a package, just not a package
that you can
take away) as well as "bring your own container."  There are also "plastic
shops, but that doesn't necessarily mean the same thing, although there is
a lot of overlap.

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