in.gredients: the first packaging-free grocery store in the US
Have you heard about this grocery store opening in Austin, Texas? It's like your bulk food dream come true: a grocery store without packaging. in.gredients will offer an array of foods including the usual bulk offerings, but also dairy, oils, fresh produce, cleaning supplies and toiletries, beer (in growlers) and wine. They encourage shoppers to bring their own containers but will have compostables on hand just in case. I LOVE THIS. I often wish I could just walk up to a vat of ketchup and pump enough to fill my own squeeze bottle. Or spoon out some yogurt into a reusable container. (No, I've yet to make my own. And where I live now, you can't recycle yogurt tubs. It's killing me.) I hope they succeed and this concept spreads like wildfire throughout the country. Check this out, according to Good:
Americans add 570 million pounds of food packaging to their landfills each day, while pre-packaged foods force consumers to buy more than they need, stuffing their bellies and their trash bins: 27 percent of food brought into U.S. kitchens ends up getting tossed out.
I cringe to think about all the energy wasted producing the packaging in the first place, only to be thrown away. Oh, please let this catch on.