A German grocery store found a way to eliminate food packaging

A grocery store in Germany operates without food packaging that later turns into garbage. 

Original Unverpackt is a concept store in Berlin. Founders Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski write on the store’s website that they want to give consumers the option of giving food without waste. 

They raised money through private investors and crowdfunding and opened in August.

“The grocery store doesn’t sell anything that comes in a disposable box, bag, jar, or other container,” writes Liz Dwyer at Takepart.

The store offers “grains in bulk bins, attractively displayed produce that’s not shrink-wrapped or stored in tetra packs, and beverage stations just waiting for refillable bottles,” Dwyer writes. 

The founders also illustrate typical food packaging: 

In comparison to what zero waste looks like. Note the reusable containers and refillable bottle. 

 

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