Crisp bags half full of air. Coffee jars with two plastic lids. Cucumbers double-wrapped in film and cellophane. If over-packaged produce makes you go a bit bananas, take heart from what’s happening in Berlin.
Friends Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski have cleverly unverpactk the excessive packaging problem. As frustrated consumers, hating the waste so abundant in food stores, the pair took action and created an übersuccesful crowdfunding campaign that’s captured the zeitgeist. The funds are now in hand for a summer opening of Original Unverpackt, their first zero-waste supermarket, with a second soon to come. (Schönen Dank, Jampbell.)
The idea is as simple as it is original. They sell in bulk; you bring your own boxes. If you forget your Tupperware, you can borrow some from the store or use their recycled paper bags. Operating on a similar but larger scale to food co-ops, you can shop with a clear conscience, knowing that single-use containers and pre-packed preposterousness are strictly verboten.