Shopping in a zero-waste grocery store without plastic bags and food packaging is a dream for many eco-conscious consumers. However, that dream has now become a reality in Berlin.
According to The Epoch Times, Original Unverpackt (Original Unpackaged) that opened in 2014 has made this possible. Thanks to its founders Milena Glimbovski and Sara Wolf the store continues to go from strength to strength in 2017.
They imagined a novel approach to sustainable shopping. The ‘no-waste’ grocery store came into existence to give shoppers a one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly shopping experience.
This Zero-Waste Grocery Store is fully stocked!
The shelves at Original Unpackaged are stocked in bulk by using dispensable bins. Almost 350 products are on offer at this zero-waste grocery store.
This includes organic vegetables, dry grains, fruit and pourable liquids that consist of yogurt, milk and shampoo. Shoppers can either borrow refillable containers from the store or bring their own. They may even put bags crafted out of recycled paper into use.
While making payment, consumers are billed based on the weight of the product they have purchased minus their containers’ weight. This kind of shopping is beneficial for the customers as they can buy exactly the amount they require rather than overspending on food that might end up being wasted or thrown out.
Crowdfunding a Zero-waste grocery store!
For funding their experimental grocery store idea, Glimbovski and Wolf ran a successful crowdfunding campaign for social entrepreneurship. This helped them raise adequate money to realise their store idea. The duo’s mission is to transform the grocery shopping experience and open a supermarket chain across the nation that’s packaging-free.
Glimbovski and Wolf’s crowdfunding blog gives an insight into what made the duo come up and execute this idea of an innovative, zero-waste grocery store. Their blog tells that shoppers often find very colourful items with extremely colourful packaging in the market.
However, what everyone tends to forget is that such packaging is a mere waste at the end of the day. Germany alone generates as much as 16 million tons of packaging as waste each year. All these factors encouraged the duo to take up this project to show the food industry that different ways of operating are indeed possible.
Also, this zero-waste grocery store will finally let customers buy things the way they really want to, in a sustainable way.
A franchise maybe?