Take THIS Whole Foods!
In.gredients is a new grocery store that hopes to open this year in Austin Texas. It will specialize in local and organic ingredients like Whole Foods, but with one big difference In.gredients promises to be the country’s first ever ”package-free, zero waste grocery store.”
That means eggs, milk, coffee, spices, grains, cheese, wines, produce, oils, sugars & more will be available in their au-natural, package free forms. Customers will have to bring their own containers from home, or purchase compostable packages from the store. While the idea is new to the U.S., similar stores have had success in the U.K. The store also hopes to moonlight as a community center with cooking classes, gardening workshops, and art shows on the side.
Benefits? Access to more affordable, local, organic foods in a sustainable fashion that’s energy efficient & eco-friendly. Customers will also be encouraged to buy ‘what they need’, which can save on the amount of food wasted every year. Currently, 27 percent of food brought into U.S. kitchens ends up getting tossed out. Landfills will also benefit from this type of shopping: 40% of landfills are composed of packaging (and we add 570 million pounds of food packaging to them each day). Most of that is only used once.
The only roadblock is that basic funding is still required to get the operation up and running for 2011. For more information (or to donate), please visit their website.
Looks like a win-win! Hopefully, customers will embrace the idea and willingly accept the extra effort in exchange for some healthy, green savings.