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Streamlined Berlin Grocery Store Creates No Packaging Waste

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Imagine the colorful rows of boxes, bottles, and containers lining supermarket shelves replaced by rows of glass jars that dispense dry grain, nuts, yogurt, and even shampoo and lotion, as well as bins that display fruits and vegetables. Well, Original Unverpackt (Original Unpackaged) is a grocery store in Berlin, Germany that's making that happen. Aiming to eliminate waste entirely, the store produces no plastic or paper bags. Instead, customers bring their own containers, refill them with the exact quantity they want, and then pay by weight.

The crowd-funded store sells no big brand names, only local organic produce—that's a total of 350 products, all sans packaging. Given the speed at which we're piling landfills, it's certainly an idea worth trying out.

· Original Unverpackt [official site]
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