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Germany ready for first packaging-free grocery store

A team of German entrepreneurs is launching a simple yet innovative concept: waste-free grocery shopping.


A team of German entrepreneurs is launching a simple yet innovative concept: waste-free grocery shopping.

Slated to open in Berlin for summer 2014, the shop will be called Original Unverpackt (unpacked). Shoppers can grab all kinds of locally-sourced produce and grains from the tiny shop, which will be the first of its kind, at least in Germany. Grains and other items that can be trickier to handle are sold in bulk using upside-down containers with a lever so the user can decide exactly how much they need. Customers can bring their own containers to take the produce away, borrow reusable containers from the store or use bags made from recycled paper.

Orginals Unverpackts owners are determined to utilize the waste-free concept right through the store’s operations and supply chain, even monitoring water and oil consumption.  

The shop, launched by Sara Wolf and Miena Glimbovski, was initially supported through a crowdfunding campaign.


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