Germany’s first Zero-Waste Grocery Store

Think about going into a local supermarket, almost every item is packaged in some way or another with disposable materials; these materials make up much of the 3 pounds of waste produced by people every day. Two entrepreneurs set out to eliminate the food-packaging waste by opening up Germany’s first zero-waste supermarket. Supermarket called, Original Unverpackt will be package-free, meaning you won’t see any plastic containers, plastic baggies, twist ties, bottles, cardboard boxes etc…

The no-waste grocery store is the first of it’s kind to ditch the traditional supermarket model of shelf-after-shelf of packaged food and trendy merchandising displays. If the no-waste concept takes off, grocery merchandisers will have to find new and innovative ways to display products within the stores. That means departing from the beloved POP signage and traditional product placement strategies.

See the full Business Insider article below:

A new grocery store in Germany will operate 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 will open to the public 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. 


One thought on “Germany’s first Zero-Waste Grocery Store

  1. Reducing the usage of plastic packages is already going to be a very big and important step for producers but it will definitely cut the trash produced by 50-60% may be! This will be great for the environment!

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