Published on July 1st, 2011 | by Becky Striepe4
Austin, Texas to Get New Zero Waste Grocery Store
Austin residents will soon be able to pick up their groceries at a zero waste grocery store set to open this fall.
In.gredients is focusing on stocking local, organic dry goods and produce without the ubiquitous plastic packaging. They’re aiming to be “the first package-free and zero waste grocery store in the United States,” and if all goes according to plan, they’ll open their doors in the fall.
Check out their awesome launch video:
Easy peasy! Of course, just like the mindset of bringing your own grocery bag, bringing packaging for your bulk items is going to require a little bit of forethought which might be tricky for shoppers at first. Remember when you first switched to reusable grocery bags and would constantly forget them at home?
On top of focusing on reducing food waste, they’re planning to stock local, organic produce. You can learn more about In.gredients on the store’s website.
Not in Austin? Ways You Can Go Zero Waste
Of course, for those of us who don’t live in the Austin area, it’s a little bit trickier to go zero waste. Your local natural foods store or co-op will often let you bring your own containers for bulk items. Just make sure they weigh them for you before you fill them up, so they can subtract that weight. You want to pay for the quinoa, not the glass jar you brought to store it!
If you’re shy about asking them to pre-weigh, you might look into a reusable produce bag, like these from Kootsac. They’re designed to be as light as the disposable sort, so you don’t need to worry about the extra weight. Some larger items, like apples, grapefruit, and broccoli, don’t really need a bag at all. Just toss them in the cart and then into the produce drawer when you get home. Voila! Zero waste.
To read a bit more about pitfalls of food packaging, especially the plastic variety, you might also dig Heather’s adventures when she participated in Plastic-Free February.
What are some other ways that those of us not living in Austin can reduce food packaging and go zero waste at the grocery store?
Image Credit: Screenshot from video above.