Gallery: First Package-Free, Zero-Waste Grocery Store in US Opens in Au...


Soon to be the newest addition to the well-oiled Austin, Texas grocery store community — the town where Whole Foods was born — is the country’s first zero-waste, package-free grocery store, In.gredients. In.gredients is the product of a group of Austin-based entrepreneurs that envision a world without single-use food packaging; where you bring not only your own grocery bags to the store, but your own reusable containers to purchase your food from In.gredients’ bulk inventory. In their video (which you can watch after the jump) the group points out that in just making cookies, you throw away 13 pieces of non-recyclable single-use packages. And this is just a small part of the 570 million pounds of food packaging that Americans toss each day.

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“Truth be told, what’s normal in the grocery business isn’t healthy for consumers or the environment,” In.gredients co-founder Christian Lane said.

“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. Our goal is to reduce waste and promote health by ditching packaged and overly processed food altogether – revolutionizing grocery shopping as we know it.”

In.gredients hopes that their shopping experience will provide consumers with the possibility to buy only what they need. They will stock their shelves and bins with local and organic groceries, and will provide customers with compostable containers to fill up if they forget their own. The minds behind the store are currently looking to crowd source the rest of the funding needed to open the store by this fall.

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  1. tinalrad March 1, 2012 at 2:14 am

    This is a fabulous idea. I live in Australia and look at our bin per day and it is full of packaging. Its crazy the amount we consum on a daily basis and how much of that packaging is filling our land with waste. I would love to shop somewhere like this in australia, and the great thing is, it saves so much money as your not paying for the packaging.

  2. July 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    In Peru, we call this a mercado

  3. dianah June 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    Great to hear about your new store. Will you be coming to Seattle? I’ve been working towards zero waste and would love to have a packaging free option with more selection!

  4. whiterabbitwww June 24, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Very interesting! How do you buy the beer? Filling your own jugs from a keg?

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