A waste-free supermarket

Story by: Marianella Watman

In the last two weeks, I have come across two incredible business ideas. The first one I would like to share with you is from the  German duo Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski, founders of the ‘Original Unverpackt‘ (Original Unpacked) supermarket in Berlin.

How about a zero-waste grocery store that utilizes no waste materials? – Sounds cool right?

To eliminate food-packaging waste before it even gets into the shopping cart is the idea behind ‘Original Unverpackt‘ a new concept supermarket in Germany that takes things into zero-waste territory by encouraging consumers to tote reusable containers to the store.

Nothing that comes in a disposable box, bag, jar, or other container is sold at this store. And instead of shelf after shelf of boxed items, this supermarket utilizes bulk bins, attractively displayed produce that’s not shrink wrapped or stored in tetra packs, and beverage stations for refillable water bottles.

Such a store is the brainchild of Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski, two Germany-based social impact innovators. On the project’s website, they wrote that they want consumers to have a choice about how much food they buy, as well as how much waste it creates.

And it’s clear that German shoppers want what ‘Original Unverpackt‘ has to offer, too! Although a large part of the effort has been financed by private investors, the project’s team took up crowd-funding to raise the final $61,000 it needed to launch in Berlin. In three weeks, they smashed the target goal, raising about $124,000.

We love hearing stories like these and we hope our supermarkets in Australia are looking for sustainable ways to control waste.