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An Unpackaged Life

An Unpackaged Life

In her London-based store Unpackaged, owner Catherine Conway offers a more responsible way to shop by reducing unnecessary and wasteful packaging and selling goods in bulk. Customers are encouraged to bring their own containers to refill fresh produce, grocery essentials and products for the home. We admire this beautiful space for the eco-mindedness it houses.

And you don’t have to go to London to be inspired; visit to read Conway’s tips on how to lead a less packaged life.

Above: Simple instructions for the conscious customer. (Bringing in your own container saves money!)

Above: Local eggs and produce available for the picking.

Above: Herbs, spices, teas and other essentials are held in glass jars.

Above: Customers can dispense however much they need of the bulk items, such as these organic oils and vinegars.

For ideas on reusable containers, check out Remodelista’s posts Kitchen: Retro Glass Storage from Farmhouse Wares and Kitchen: Pantry-Style Glass Storage Jars.

Read more: Eating for Health, Environment, Green Kitchen Tips, Home, Reduce, Recycle & Reuse, Remodelista, ,

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12:33AM PDT on Aug 26, 2012

I hope this catches on. I detest all the wastage of our modern packaging.

5:39AM PDT on Mar 22, 2012

Thanks for the article.

10:15PM PST on Jan 4, 2012

It's great. I remember a video about how life is better with plastic packaging protection raw foods from contamination.

I hope those people lucky enough be able to shop at places like this are careful to sterilize their pots and pans before buying more. Especially raw meat, cheeses and oils and honey.

3:34PM PDT on Sep 21, 2011

old goodies.......... rock! this isn't new.

1:30PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

What a great idea, we have a lot of bulk stores but they just do the bag thing... you can get what you want and no double wrapping etc and you are in control of your portions but bring your own would be awesome!

2:05AM PDT on Aug 18, 2011

Nice! Glad to see the more environmentally friendly trends are starting to catch on.

7:32PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

Great idea which we should follow.Cheers

12:18PM PDT on Aug 4, 2011

Too bad that most stores currently only have this for candy!

12:49PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

These shops need to be all over the world.

12:32AM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

hi everyone, please sign this petition and help!!

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