This Zero-Waste Grocery Store Has No Packaging, Plastic Or Big-Name Brands

 

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Have you heard about “The first zero-waste grocery store in the world?”

Original Unverpackt is a new grocery store in Germany whose creators are committed to reducing waste and creating an earth-friendly environment.

The founders of Original Unverpackt, Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski, had a dream to create a store with top-quality food options and no unnecessary waste. Their dream recently came to pass as they opened doors to the public this year.  

The people of Germany have long been known for their commitment to renewable energy and pollution-reduction efforts and these two girls are now leading the way in making Germany the first country in the world to have a zero-waste grocery store.

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Most of us don’t think about the waste that is created by our shopping habits, but the statistics are shocking.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each person on average produces a little over 4 pounds of trash every single day. That’s 29 pounds a week and over 1,600 pounds every year!

Wise Geek claims that you could take all of the garbage America produces in a year, pile it into garbage trucks and line them all the way to the moon. You could also cover the entire state of Texas, TWICE.

What is to be done?

How About Eliminating 1 Time Use Waste Materials?

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The most abundant type of garbage is food packaging. Companies wrap their food in this, consumers take it off and throw it away. 80% of this packaging is said to be toxic and damaging to you and the environment.

Original Unverpackt encourages all its consumers to bring their own reusable containers to the store, thus eliminating the need for packaging. You won’t find any pre-bagged apples or berries here!

How About Not Selling Disposable Items?

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You won’t find a single disposable bag, box, jar or container at Original Unverpackt.

Everything is stored and sold out of bulk containers. Even beverages (mostly water) is sold through beverage stations where customers will bring their own water bottles and drink containers.

Will The Rest Of The World Follow Their Lead?

Sara and Milana have truly made a statement with their vision and philosophy. Will other countries do the same?

One can never be sure, but YOU can make a difference by…

  • Taking reusable bags or boxes to the grocery store
  • Recycling whenever possible
  • Researching techniques to reduce waste
  • Supporting local farmers
  • Shopping at stores that encourage recycling and waste management
  • Speaking out in your community 

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Do you have any innovative ideas for keeping the earth cleaner and more sustainable for future generations? Share your ideas below.

 

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Jenna Barrington

Jenna Barrington is studying Therapeutic Nutrition and Holistic Medicine and aspires to be a practitioner, teacher and writer. She is passionate about education and helping others take control of their health.

Jenna lives with her husband in Utah and loves writing, cooking, green smoothies, training her dog, Japanese, spending time at the ocean, bungee jumping, walking barefoot in the grass and being with her family.
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