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Zero Waste Grocery Store To Open In Berlin

No Disposable Packaging Allowed

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Food Shopping No Longer Means TRASH

I had a science teacher in 7th grade who posed this question to the class: "Why is there a whole shopping bag's worth of trash to throw out when you get home with your groceries? Do you think that is right? Do you think there could be another way?"

He asked us that question in 1976.

Here is at long last, a zero waste grocery store about to open its doors in Berlin.

At the time of this writing, there is still a crowd funding project raising money for the store, but they have big investors and they have already surpassed their fundraising goal. See details below if you're inspired to contribute.

The idea is simply that people will bring in, or can buy, reusable packaging to buy grocery items in bulk. They weigh the containers and charge you only for the amount you filled up.

Not only do we save the 3 lbs or so of trash (at least in the US) that we throw away per person per day, most of which is food packaging, but customers will only buy the amount they need.

Less food waste, less packaging waste - and they are sourcing local products as much as possible.

My local food coop lets you buy about 100 items this way in bulk, and I absolutely love bringing in my own containers. I go out of my way to shop there for this reason. It always feels like a satisfying experience to shop there, and I want to tell my 7th grade science teacher, NO trash to deal with when I unpack the bags!

Hooray for Original Unverpackt! Spread the word and lets make this the format of the future!

--Bibi Farber

Crowd funding site for Zero Waste Store In Berlin: