While there are plenty of farmers’ markets or bulk spice shops you can go to buy fresh goods with zero packaging, some entrepreneurs in Austin, TX, are aiming to open what they say is the first 100% packaging-free grocery store in the country.
Everything sold at in.gredients, which the owners plan to open in the fall, will be sold without packaging. The list of items includes the obvious like grains, produce, meat and spices, along with products we’re used to seeing in some sort of packaging, like beer, wine and cleaning materials.
Customers bring their own reusable containers from home, weigh them before shopping, fill them up with the various products and then weigh the full containers. The store will also offer compostable bags for shoppers who didn’t bring enough of their own containers.
Another benefit of a packaging-free store is that shoppers don’t have to buy any more or less than they need, so you’re not stuck with a nine extra eggs when you only need three for that recipe.
“Truth be told, what’s normal in the grocery business isn’t healthy for consumers or the environment,” in.gredients co-founder Christian Lane tells Time.com. “In addition to the unhealthiness associated with common food processing, nearly all the food we buy in the grocery store is packaged, leaving us no choice but to continue buying packaged food that’s not always reusable or recyclable.”
Thanks to Justin for the tip!