Austin, Texas, will soon be home to the country's first packaging-free grocery store. The retailer, In.gredients, will feature local and organic foods, claiming to be a "package-free, zero-waste" grocer.
While new to the U.S., the trend is not unheard of. Earlier this year, Unpackaged, a strictly bulk-food store, opened in London. At both In.gredients and Unpackaged, shoppers are encouraged to bring their own tote bags and containers to make purchases, the media outlet Good reported. However, for those shoppers who don't bring their own containers, the store will offer them compostable ones.
"We care about the health of our customers and our local food economy," said In.gredients co-founder Christian Lane in a statement. "We're prioritizing 'reduce, reuse, recycle' and maximizing farmer revenue."
London's Unpackaged first began as a market location in 2006, expanding this year into a permanent location where consumers can purchase organic whole foods, fruits, nuts and refillable oils, vinegars and wines, according to a separate article in Good.