It's such a smart idea it's a wonder that it doesn't exist in this country already: a grocery store entirely free of packaging. No bags, Styrofoam, plastic, or paper -- just bulk-style food. Fill your own containers with grains, spices, and even wine and beer. Is it coming to your neighborhood?America's first packaging-free grocery, In.gredients, is slated to open in Austin, TX this fall. The market will sell standard bulk items like grains, flours, sugars, and spices, but also traditional grocery items like eggs, oils, milk, produce, cheese, beer, and wine. Customers will be encouraged to bring their own containers to fill up on the goods or use compostable containers provided by the store.
A similar grocery, Unpackaged, opened in London in 2007. It has since won numerous eco-conscious awards and remained popular with locals. Customers buy the exact amount they need, rather than a set amount dictated by packaging. I'd love this the next time I run to the store to buy two eggs or a tablespoon of peppermint extract.