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Zero-Waste Supermarket in Austin, TX

In.gredients: America's First Zero-Waste Grocery Store

For the most environmentally conscious of foodies, compostable silverware just isn't enough. Case in point? In.gredients, soon to be the country's first-ever zero-waste, no-packaging supermarket.

In.gredients, which is slated to open this Fall in Austin, TX, plans to specialize in fresh produce, dairy, beverages, dry bulk goods, and household toiletries and cleaners. Shoppers will not only be required to bring tote bags to take home groceries with, but they'll also need to bring reusable containers to purchase foods such as grains, nuts, spices, and coffee from the store's bulk inventory. For more details on the store concept, keep reading.

If successful, the grocer's no-waste goal will be no small feat, considering one throws away 13 pieces of nonrecyclable, single-use packages just when making a batch of cookies. Check out the video below, then tell me in the comments: what do you think of the concept? Is it noble, or far too idealistic?

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lauren lauren 5 years
This sounds like a fabulous idea, but I do hope they pass a little bit of savings on to the customer with the lack packaging, bags, etc!
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
2.26 clams for a pound of bulk limas? That's pretty spendy! :faint:
ViolaMorbid ViolaMorbid 5 years
I live in Austin, so this rocks! Will check out!
michi7 michi7 5 years
Great idea, but prices are a concern - I'm imagining an Aldi of natural foods stores.
testadura67 testadura67 5 years
I think it's a great idea, but I think they'll lose any customers who are looking for speed and convenience. This doesn't seem like a store you'd be able to just run to. You'd have to know exactly how much of what you were going to purchase ahead of time. If you forgot about something you wanted before you left the house, but remembered when you saw it at the store, you'd have nothing to take it home in without purchasing one of their containers. Not super convenient.
myhousemd myhousemd 5 years
Hopefully everything will be pretty cheap. otherwise it would make more sense for its customers to join a CSA or go to a local Farmer's Market.
mscc mscc 5 years
Definitely noble. But what are the prices like? If it's as expensive as Whole Foods/Trader Joe's , I probably wouldn't shop there. And if they're even more expensive than those natural foods stores, then fewer people would shop there, so they wouldn't last long, unfortunately.
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