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New “Zero Waste” Grocery Store Eliminates Packaging

New “Zero Waste” Grocery Store Eliminates Packaging


As reusable bags move from eco-chic trend to everyday shopping accessory, one grocery store is taking the idea to a new level. A business called In.gredients in Austin, TX is being called the nation’s first “zero waste” grocery store. They’re eliminating food packaging altogether.

“Nearly all the food we buy in the grocery store is packaged, leaving us no choice but to continue buying packaged food that’s not always reusable or recyclable,” In.gredients co-founder Christian Lane said in a press release. “Our goal is to reduce waste and promote health by ditching packaged and overly processed food altogether — revolutionizing grocery shopping as we know it.”

Shoppers who visit In.gredients will find seasonal, organic and local foods in the kind of dry bulk bins usually reserved for specialty items. The store encourages shoppers to bring their own reusable containers, but In.gredients will also offer compostable packaging.

According to, “Americans add 570 million pounds of food packaging to their landfills each day … 27 percent of food brought into U.S. kitchens ends up getting tossed out.” The model proposed by In.gredients hopes to change this. The store’s founders believe that if shoppers have to measure their own food into their own containers, they’ll be less likely to impulse-buy or purchase greater quantities than they need. In addition to the emphasis on reusable packaging and local foods, In.gredients will host on-site community events such as cooking classes, gardening seminars and other activities to promote healthy choices.

“We care about the health of our customers and our local food economy,” Lane said. “We want this to be a fun and insightful experience for everyone, and hope this can springboard new ideas about how we can make grocery shopping even more sustainable.”


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6:19AM PDT on Apr 30, 2014

Thank you

7:40AM PDT on Aug 19, 2012


8:42PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

A great way to reduce packaging waste.

2:44PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

I have about a dozen or more cloth bags, some insulated with zipper lids for frozen or cold; have used these for years. Very easy to carry with sturdy handles and no waste..

2:39PM PDT on Aug 18, 2012

Don't shop there but Sam's Club has been doing that for years here in Montgomery, AL
No bagging or boxing of anything.

5:56AM PDT on Apr 9, 2012

This is so good to hear! This needs to be a trend that picks up everywhere. Our consumption rate is ridiculous, and often people don't even think about what they're buying and how much packaging and plastic bags they're using.

12:30PM PST on Feb 26, 2012

Great Idea!! Sure hope this catches on. Kudos to In.gredients and Christian Lane.
Would love to taake my husband shopping in a store like this, as he is always buying junk food.

6:56PM PST on Feb 25, 2012


2:16AM PST on Feb 24, 2012

great idea

8:55AM PDT on Oct 28, 2011

Thank you.

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