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No packaging: shopping without packaging

Take a look at your household waste and you will find that it is mainly packaging. Once you remove the food waste and paper, most of what is left is disposable plastic bottles, cans, trays... Therefore, if you try to minimize packaging when shopping, you will reduce the waste generated. Easy?

Unpackaged is one of these stores in Europe, it allows you to shop without having to take home a bunch of disposable receivers and plastic bags, which will only harm the earth and make our trash bins fat. Unpackaged was founded by Catherine Conway in 2006 and firmly believes that there are better ways to sell products so that customers can do the right thing for themselves and the environment.

Catherine opened Unpackaged because she wanted to fill her groceries in her own container. The dream is to open a beautiful store where customers can easily replenish all their daily necessities.

Unpackaged's website explains well why some packaging is necessary in our modern industrialized food chain, but unnecessary packaging is a waste, because:

Cost: It increases the price of the goods you buy. You will be charged twice-the first time when you buy over-packaged products, and then the municipal tax is used to dispose of your trash.

Waste: It wastes resources at all levels: production, storage, transportation, and disposal.

Pollution: Landfill and incineration are the two main ways of disposing of packaging waste. These are the main pollutants for humans and the environment because they release toxic substances and greenhouse gases.

What about recycling? Although some packaging can be recycled, most of it will eventually be sent to landfills and incinerators. Some packaging is difficult or impossible to recycle. Recycling is certainly part of the solution, but it will only work if we use less packaging and adopt more "reusable" ways of doing things-Unpackaged is based on this spirit.

This is why the unpackaged mantra is:

Reduce to buy only the things you need, take your container to refill for reuse, and recycle the things you can’t reuse

And... if you can't reuse or recycle it, don't buy it!

In Europe and the world, the trend of minimizing packaging is becoming more and more obvious. After all, when people shop, they want to buy food, drinks, etc., they don't want to buy packaging!

In a wise world, manufacturers should be interested in taking back the packaging so they don't lose the material so they can use them again and again. This is not only what our wise grandparents did in the past, but also the basis for how the deposit replenishment system works or how the Canadian province of British Columbia implements the extension of producer responsibility.

Implementing a zero waste strategy is not only wise and fun, but also attracts media interest. See these news highlights from Unpackaged​​:

Two lovely videos from CNN and Reuters show Unpackaged. Many different types of publications, from national newspapers to industry, design and consumer magazines, have features-The Grocer, Which Magazine, The Independent, Style Will Save UsTime Out was recently selected as the 48th best London store by Unpackaged Catherine is ranked 32nd among the 40 eco-heroes selected by The Observer Food Monthly. Unpackaged is listed in Time Out’s “Little Black Book” of London’s 500 most important services

In a wise world, manufacturers should be interested in taking back the packaging so they don't lose the material so they can use them again and again.

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