Not only is zero-waste shopping good for the environment, it's a great way to save as well!
Would you go shopping at this zero-waste grocery in Singapore?
Singapore is one of the greenest countries in the world, but for such a small city-state, it produces a lot of waste. Singaporeans go through an average of 13 plastic bags a day per person.
Because Singaporeans have some of the highest disposable incomes in Southeast Asia, they tend to consume more, thus producing more waste.
But Singaporeans are learning to throw away less and less. In 2017, the city-state produced 7.70 million tonnes of solid waste, which is still a large amount, but was 110,000 tonnes less than the previous year.
And now, with the country’s first zero-waste grocery store opening in the first week of May, there will be even more opportunities for Singaporeans to produce less waste.
UnPackt: The first zero-waste grocery in Singapore
The grocery store UnPackt will sell goods without packaging, so customers will need to bring their own containers, reports Eco-Business.
“We think that Singaporeans care enough about waste and plastic pollution to visit our store,” co-founder Florence Tay told Eco-Business.
But how exactly does it work?
Zero waste is a philosophy and lifestyle that, like its name implies, minimizes or even eliminates waste. This usually entails simple, organic living, and consuming real (unprocessed) food.
At UnPackt, goods will be dispensed in self-serve gravity bins that reduce food waste. UnPackt will first be selling dried food and cleaning supplies, but once sales pick up, the store plans to introduce fresh fruit and vegetables.
And buying from a zero-waste grocery store is good for your wallet — because these items are packaging-free, they’ll be cheaper than items found in regular stores.
You can also donate containers to the store for customers who don’t have their own. And if you happen to pay a visit without bringing your own containers, you also have the option to buy reusable ones.
Pretty cool, huh?
UnPackt will be opening in the first week of May. You can find it on Jalan Kuras in Ang Mo Kio.
Will you be shopping at the zero-waste grocery in Singapore?
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