In the spring of 2019 Dora visited the Original Unverpackt shop in Berlin. In this shop you can experience the easiest way to do your shopping zero waste. Bring your own bags or jars, weight them, fill them up and go to check out. As easy as that.
Here is how it looked like and what I have discovered.
1.Of course as every bulk shop or zero waste shop, Original Unverpackt has a bulk section for your essentials such as pasta, rice, beans, nuts and more. The stock looked very organised, all the tabs were filled and looked very tasty! There was a box full of spaghetti which you could get with a glove on in your own reusable bags. Perfect for an Italian evening.
2. Also in bulk, the shop has laundry detergent that you can place in your own jar. They not only had powder but liquid ones as well for your laundry, dishes or cleaning.
3. The shop had a variety of olive oil and other oils to tap them in your own glass jars. If you forgot your glass jars or don’t have them yet you could buy them there as well.
4. In the back of the shop there was a whole wall full of spices. You could take them home in your own jars or little bags. It smelled delicious and looked so good with the lettering on the jars!
5. Original Unverpackt also offers tooth tabs and plastic free refillable dental floss. The tabs could be bought in paper bags or in your own jar as well.
6. And of course Original Unverpackt also offers a few products that reduces your waste such as cotton bags, wooden brushes, soaps and more.
I was so happy to see such a shop in a city like Berlin. Original Unverpackt makes it easy for people to do their zero waste shopping much less stressful. You could do most of your groceries here and some more on the farmers market and you are ready for the week or even longer.
The shop looks very organised, inviting and has a great stuff. Next to Original Unverpack there is Supermarché, a fair trade streetwear shop, in the street. The perfect combination of you ask me!
Hope to inspire people to visit zero waste shops when they are traveling. Most of the time they are in neighbourhoods that are not popular among tourists which gives you the feeling of being a real Berliner. You can meet like minded people and discover a lot other things such as we discovered the fair trade shop in the street.
We need more shops like this. Let me know which zero waste shop you love the most or have visited recently!