The Grocery Store Where There Is No Packaging
You probably already bring your own reusable bags to the grocery store. “It’s a BYOC bring your own container concept that most people understand, appreciate, and practice. Some customers bring upwards of 15 or 20 containers per shopping trip,” says store manager Josh Blaine.
Here, you won’t find the colorful boxes, crinkly bags, and endless cartons that line most other grocery shelves. Oils, vinegars, and soy sauce fill metal vats with spigots, while locally grown fruits and vegetables hang out in wall lined bins. Big wheels of fresh cheese, plus locally baked bagels, baguettes, brownies, and more are displayed around the checkout counter.
With the exception of the meat and milk (which are required by state law to be packaged), all of the store’s food is sold packaging free. Customers are strongly encouraged to bring their own clean, reusable containers, and “for those who forget or aren’t familiar with our model, we do have reusable containers for sale and some bags available,” Blaine s marc jacobs ays. Both stores emphasize the idea of precycling, or bypassing excess packaging and materials altogether instead of recycling them post use. It’s a concept Blaine expects to catch on in other places, too.
In fact, less waste is something that many shopp marc jacobs ers want now and that manufacturers are trying to deliver. Trend forecasters say slimmed down, lower waste packaging will hit the big time in 2014, with lightweight, recyclable paper bottles and plastic pouch marc jacobs es holding everything from wine to yogurt to household goods.
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