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No-Waste Grocery Store to Open

No-Waste Grocery Store to Open

A grocery store called in.gredients will open this year in Austin, Texas and the owners say it will be package and waste free. Food items will be kept in bulk bins and no plastic bags will be given to customers. Patrons will bring their food-storage containers and bags for transport. Items they will sell are very much what you would find at a health food store: produce, organic grains, spices, loose leaf teas and coffee beans, dried fruits and nuts, baking items (flours, sugars, etc.), oils, dairy, beer and wine.

Their products will be organic or all-natural. In their press release, one of the founders explained, “Truth be told, what’s normal in the grocery business isn’t healthy for consumers or the environment. In addition to the unhealthiness associated with common food processing, 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.”

Each year the use of about one billion plastic shopping bags in the US results in 600,000,000 pounds of waste being added to landfills. One estimate stated the annual growth rate for packaging and container waste was 1.8%. One no-waste store is not going to make much difference when the total amount of waste is so enormous, but it could be the start of other stores adopting the same, or similar, measures. The fact they are trying to do something differently also raises awareness and sets the right example.

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12:27PM PDT on Apr 30, 2013

They should have this store in the Chicagoland area

4:36PM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Wish this would spread. I'd love to open something like this locally, but since there is already one local organic market (which I'm the manager at) I don't think it would be good to add in more competition here but rather keep making suggestions to the owner.

12:54PM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

cool yeahh :)

1:16AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Wonderful idea.

10:12AM PDT on Sep 19, 2012

hope this model catches on in other communities

3:48AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

great idea, thanks for sharing

8:33AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

8:04AM PDT on Jul 27, 2012

Great idea.

2:45PM PDT on May 1, 2012

Yay! Hopefully others will follow suit.
For years I've admired LUSH for their low-waste, low-packaging, what-packaging-we-have-is-recyclable practices, but I rarely buy from them because most of what they sell is unnecessary and I don't make a habit of buying unnecessary things. But implemented in a grocery store, the same mentality is so useful, practical, and awesome!

11:09AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Fantastic! We need more throughout the US and the world.

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