Buying in bulk has become a staple of American culture, from our enormous Costco's to the supposed "value-meals" at fast food restaurants.Â However, with the rapid popularity of farmer's markets and local food movements,
not to mention the recent recession, more and more people are focusing on taking only what they need, not everything they want.Â Enter Austin's new, revolutionary grocery store, In. gredients, a store that completely eliminates plastic and paper containers by encouragin shoppers to come with their own bottles, jars, and boxes to stock up on fresh, local and often organic food. Â As mentioned in Sarah Laskow's Grist article, "America's First No-Packaging Grocery Store Coming to Austin," In.gredients, opening later this year, will present most of its fare in bins or recyclable holders with as little packaging as possible.
Instead of recycling already existing packaging, the market's goal is "precycling," namely getting rid of the wasteful packaging all together before it's even made.Â Shoppers can bring their own canisters or borrow compostable containers and fill them with their desired amount of various foods, drinks and cleaning supplies.Â With over 700,000 tons of garbage dumped in our landfills daily, 40% of which comes from packaging, In.gredients hopes to mitigate this problem by changing the way we live and shop, which will in turn change our world for the better
This new trend in food shopping is not only beneficial to the environment, but to the consumer as well.Â Getting rid of packaging means getting rid of the brand name that is usually added into the cost of the product.Â With food prices on the rise, it's important to shop consciously and efficiently while still making sure you are getting the proper nutrition.
To read Sarah Laskow's article in full, click here