Jars of Joy: Zero Waste Grocery Store Coming to Texas

Source: in.grediants.com

America’s  first zero waste and package free grocery store, called in.grediants,  will soon be making it’s debut in Austin, Texas this fall. Their plan is simple. They will be selling natural and locally grown food in bulk, while you, the consumer bring your own reusable packaging to take your groceries home in (or you can opt to use their compostable containers). Through this method of “precycling”, creating new waste is entirely avoided, which is quite significant owing to the fact that 40% of all waste in America is from packaging that is only used once.

Want to learn more? Visit their website. If you are interested in helping this store become a reality, you can help them by either investing or donating money.

Reduce! Reuse! Recycle! (and Precycle!)

-Jessica Olson, Sierra Club Beyond Coal/ Communications Intern

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2 responses to “Jars of Joy: Zero Waste Grocery Store Coming to Texas

  1. “Precycling”–really cool concept. I agree with the fact that so much waste comes from packaging. The items beyond groceries (like furniture, TV’s, even razors) have so much packaging too. I knew there had to be a better way and this idea proves it. Wonder what all else we can apply this to?

  2. Interesting. I’ve been doing a report on the concept of user-brought containers, over disposable containers, and have thought much on the pricing model. My concept was to pay by the volume, rather than the ounce. If paid by the volume, it’d seem simpler to just pour and look at any volume measurements on the container (supposing there are containers with such marks), and go from there.

    With this pay by weight scale, it makes me wonder how exactly will it work. Do they plan to have you measure it in front of different filling stations and give you a time-stamped price tag you carry to the register? Or will they offer digital card accounts? I’m also wondering how they’re model for avoiding contamination is.

    Anyhow, it’s a very interesting concept and I’m glad someone has managed to make this happen before I posted my report.

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